M-Audio intros Delta Bolt audio interface & M40/M50 monitoring headphones

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M-Audio has introduced its new Delta Bolt audio interface and the M40/M50 monitoring headphones at the NAMM show.

M-Audio Delta Bolt 1212

Deltabolt was created from the ground up to be a Thunderbolt-compatible interface, unlike many less sophisticated competitors, for whom Thunderbolt usability is an afterthought grafted onto an older platform.

Recognizing the need for a high-quality audio interface that works with the super-fast Thunderbolt connection, M-Audio’s Deltabolt 1212 provides absolutely pristine audio recording quality by virtue of its proprietary Octane-X mic preamps. Deltabolt 1212’s superior preamps mean that recordings and bi-directional data transfers processed through the Delta Bolt 1212 have far better sound quality than previous audio interfaces, an invaluable benefit for users to whom ultimate audio quality is paramount.

Deltabolt’s output DACs are 32-bit, giving Deltabolt another sonic advantage—the ability to operate at 32-bit/192kHz through the Thunderbolt link, compared to conventional competitive units that are limited to 24-bit/96kHz.

Deltabolt 1212 will ship Q3 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

The M40 and M50 are two new monitoring headphones models.

M-Audio M50

These new models both offer an extremely high level of acoustic performance and noise isolation, making them ideal for the individual looking for a monitor-quality headphone suitable for long studio mixdown sessions, DJ use or critical recreational audio listening.

The M50 Over-Ear Monitoring Headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers for outstanding performance that is totally unexpected at their modest price. They feature a comfortable over-the-ear design for great noise isolation, which is ideal for long hours in the studio monitoring mixdown tracks. With their wide-ranging 28–20kHz frequency response, the M50 headphones deliver the detail and precision needed for every musical style. The leather cushioning on the flexible headband and ear cups provides a fatigue-free listening experience for even the longest-lasting, most demanding sessions. The detachable cable is 6 ft. (1.8m) long and includes a ¼-inch adapter for compatibility with all equipment.

The M40 On-Ear Monitoring Headphones offer much of the performance and user-friendly features of the M50, but at a slightly lower cost. The M40 utilizes highly capable 40mm drivers that deliver an authoritative frequency response of 36-20kHz for great sound on any program material. Like the M50, the M40 also has comfortable leather cushioning on its flexible headband and a 6 ft. (1.8m) detachable cable.

The M40 and M50 will be available in January 2015, price at £39.99 GBP and £49.99 GBP, respectively.

More information: M-Audio

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Numark unveils NS7III, Mixtrack 3 & Mixtrack Pro 3, HF Wireless and Lightwave at NAMM

Numark has unveiled its NAMM 2015 Product lineup including the NS7III, MIXTRACK 3, MIXTRACK PRO 3, Lightwave and the all-new HF Wireless DJ Headphones.

NS7III

Introducing the all-new NS7III, the premier four-deck controller for Serato DJ. Featuring three high-resolution color screens and an interactive control surface, the NS7III empowers a kinetic connection between the crowd and the music.

Numark NS7III

NS7III features

  • Premium Serato DJ controller with three high-resolution colour screens, including the ability to display stackable waveforms.
  • Screens provide 1:1 real time feedback of Serato DJ, letting you close or move the source laptop and focus on the music.
  • Dedicated track library screen with corresponding navigation controls.
  • 4 decks of Serato DJ software control; built-in 4-channel audio mixer.
  • 2 variable-torque motorized platters with high-resolution MIDI tracking.
  • Touch-activated knobs produce groundbreaking control of filters, EQ, and more.
  • Authentic vinyl records provide the feel of a professional DJ turntable.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive Akai Professional MPC pads with backlit RGB feedback.
  • 10 pad modes for hot cues, loops, song slicing, and sample triggering.
  • Dedicated 3-way touch-activated filter knob on each channel.
  • Dedicated touch-activated control of Serato’s 12 professional iZotope® FX.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • Zone/booth outputs and balanced XLR outputs for club use.
  • Rugged, road-worthy metal construction.
  • Serato NoiseMap ready for use with extended DVS setups.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required.

NS7III will be exhibited at Winter NAMM, January 22-25 at Booth 6700 in Anaheim, CA. Numark’s new flagship controller will be available later in 2015 with an MSRP of £1199.99 GBP.

MIXTRACK 3 & MIXTRACK PRO 3

Building on the previous MIXTRACK models and retaining all the features and benefits that made them so incredibly popular, the new models share the same basic platform and boast several performance/feature characteristics that make them particularly satisfying and effective to use.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 3

Mixtrack 3 features

  • Dedicated filter knobs for each channel.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro—upgrade-ready for full Serato DJ (Pro only, Mictrack 3 includes Virtual DJ LE 8).
  • Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit.
  • Multi-function Touch strip for dynamic FX control and Strip Search.
  • 16 multi-function performance pads.
  • All-new high resolution metal jog wheels.
  • Dual 5-inch hyper-responsive metal platters.
  • Multiple FX manipulation.
  • Dedicated track browsing controls from your library.
  • Integrated class compliant audio interface with ¼’ and 1/8” headphone connections (Pro only).

MIXTRACK PRO 3 and MIXTRACK 3 will ship with an MSRP of £169.99 GBP and £149.99 GBP, respectively.

HF Wireless DJ Headphones

Numark HF Wireless DJ Headphones

Designed to free the DJ from the restrictions of a traditional fixed-length headphone cable and thus allow greater movement and flexibility while performing, the Numark HF Wireless headphones provide superb audio performance, great wireless range and an “all night long” battery that really delivers on its promise.

The key to its superior wireless streaming is its Bluetooth® 4.0 technology with NFC pairing, so signal connection is always strong and clear. The HF Wireless has a wireless range of over 30 feet for great freedom of movement while monitoring the musical delivery. In addition, the unit’s built-in rechargeable battery affords 10 hours of music playback on a single charge, so those 10:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. gigs are no problem.

Other thoughtful touches that make HF Wireless a pleasure to use are the on-ear cup for great bass response and outstanding noise isolation, a compact, collapsible design with built-in microphone and wide-range 40mm drivers that deliver detailed, articulate sound and well-defined bass—essential for perfect beatmatching. Plus, the HF Wireless headphones come with a 4 ft. cable with 1/8-inch stereo plug, so the DJ doesn’t need a second set of headphones. Wireless or wired, these are the only ones you need!

The HF Wireless headphone will retail with an MSRP of £49.99 GBP and will be exhibited at Winter NAMM, January 22-25, Booth 6700 in Anaheim, CA.

Numark Lightwave

Lightwave

Introducing the all-new Lightwave powered loudspeaker with dual LED arrays.

The Lightwave is perfect for any festive situation where both terrific sound and brilliant, exciting party lighting is desired, but where space, budget and setup complexity are all major considerations.

Lightwave features

  • Built-in dual LED arrays provide brilliant light show.
  • Five customizable lighting modes: Mood, Meter, Mix, Pulse, Party.
  • Brightness control lets you adjust or disable LEDs.
  • Custom Color Control—easily adjust the desired mix of Red, Green, and Blue lighting.
  • Adds powerful sound and visual flair to any DJ or other performance.
  • Ultra-portable form factor for clean, uncluttered setups.
  • Perfect for special events, house parties, karaoke where additional lighting would add clutter.
  • (1) XLR+¼-inch combo, Stereo RCA and ?-inch inputs for DJ mixers, microphones or instruments.
  • Dual volume controls for input level balancing.
  • XLR Link Output for use with multiple speakers or subwoofers.
  • Rubberized feet with standard 36mm pole socket for stand mounting.
  • (3) 6 ½-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeter.
  • 200 watts of peak power, 100 watts continuous of Class D amplification.
  • Durable speaker cabinet resists bumps, scratches, dust, and stains.
  • Compact, lightweight cabinet is just 8.4 x 29.2 x 10.1” and 23 lbs.

Lightwave will ship with an MSRP of £219.99 GBP.

More information: Numark

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Sound Magic releases Serenade Headquarter multi fx

Sound Magic has announced Serenade Headquarter, a multi effects unit for the Serenade Pro audio interface.

Sound Magic Serenade Headquarter

Based on the hardware, it combines Virtual Preamp, Headphone Mix and other technology to enhance the audio interface, turn it into an effect unit, and thus achieve a better sound for your music and recordings. With Serenade Headquarter, you can simulate speaker on your headphones, color your music and recording and adjust volume without loss in dynamic range. And because it is calibrated the sound with the hardware, it can achieve more precise final result than common software effects.

Virtual Preamp is a brand new technology developed by Sound Magic to improve the timbre and sound quality when dealing with different volume levels. Usually when you turn down the volume in software, the noise floor of the hardware does not change. This results in the loss of dynamic range. When you turn up the volume, the background noise is also increased and the dynamic range does not improve. Virtual Preamp enables users to avoid the loss of dynamic range when turning down the volume and improves the dynamic range when turning up the volume. During the amplifying process, high end analog gear has the special ability to add their unique color to the final sound. This is a killer point that has fascinated most musicians and audiophiles for years. Virtual Preamp technology has not only managed to reproduce this ethereal quality of vintage analog gear, but also provides a selection of different colors for the sound – and lets you choose the tonal color that best suits your music. Simply choose the virtual vintage gear you’d like to use and find the color that best fits your personal taste.

Headphone Mix technology is suitable for those who make their music on a headphone monitoring system. It combines an environment simulation system, a frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies to emulate the “feeling” of speakers on your headphones. With it, you can achieve incredible results when mixing and mastering. Although the sound you hear in your headphones may be more detailed than what comes from a comparably priced speaker system, the imaging of the sound field is still a weak point for headphones. Our Headphone Mix Technology is the solution. By combining our environment simulation system, our frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies, Serenade can reproduces that speaker “feeling” in your headphones. This greatly improves the utility of any headphone system.

More information: Sound Magic / Serenade Headquarter

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MOTU releases Monitor 8

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MOTU has announced it is now shipping Monitor 8, a monitor mixer, headphone amp, and audio interface.

MOTU Monitor 8

Monitor 8 is a 24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amplifier and USB/AVB audio interface with console-style 48-channel mixing and DSP effects. With exceptional analog audio quality based on the award-winning design of MOTU’s groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A AVB interfaces, Monitor 8 can serve as a primary audio interface and monitor mixer in the studio, as a complete monitoring solution for live performance, or as a dedicated monitoring component of a MOTU AVB audio network system.

“Monitor 8 is a one-stop solution for high-quality stereo monitoring through speakers, headphones, and in-ear systems,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “With large console-style mixing and Wi-Fi control, Monitor 8 is equally well suited for both studio operation and live performance situations.”

Monitor 8 features

  • Three products in one — 24 x 16 x 8 monitor mixer, 6-channel headphone amp and USB/AVB audio interface.
  • Superb audio quality — Employs the same award-winning analog design as MOTU’s groundbreaking 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces.
  • 24 inputs and 8 stereo bus outputs — Mix 24 physical inputs, multi-channel computer audio, and 32 AVB audio network channels to eight stereo bus outputs (Main, Aux, and monitor groups A thru F). Inputs include 8 channels of balanced (TRS) analog and 16 channels (2 banks) of ADAT optical.
  • Six monitor groups with flexible outputs — Each group provides multiple mirrored outputs, including 2x 1/4-inch phones (front and rear panel), summed 1/4-inch mono out for stage monitors, and, for groups A-D, balanced stereo 1/4-inch outs.
  • Universal connectivity — Connects to a computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Discovery app and web app software works alongside any host audio software.
  • On-board 32-bit floating point DSP with large console style mixing and effects — Flexible 48-input digital mixer with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb with sends, plus modeled analog EQ and compression, gate, and reverb.
  • System expansion — Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai or 24Ao) with a simple Cat-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).
  • AVB audio networking — Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
  • Flexible matrix routing and splitting — Send any input to any output, or multiple outputs. Includes routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the AVB network.
  • Web app control — Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
  • Stand-alone mixing with wireless control — Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the Monitor 8 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the Monitor 8’s powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live show monitor mixing.
  • AudioDesk 4.0 — Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Monitor 8 is available for purchase for $995 USD.

More information: MOTU / Monitor 8

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Shure announces Winter Rebates for SM Microphones and SE Earphones

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Shure has announced holiday product rebates on select SM microphones and, for the first time, a rebate offer for the SE215 & SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones.

Shure Winter Rebates

Customers who purchase SM57 and SM58® microphones can earn up to $60 back ($10 back on up to six individual microphone purchases). This also includes a special $30 rebate on the DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit. For earphone products, customers can save $10 on SE215 models and $50 on SE535 models. The promotion will kick off on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and run through Jan. 11, 2015.

The SM57 and SM58 have been industry standards for almost 50 years due to their unparalleled mix of audio quality and rugged dependability. The SM57 “workhorse” is highly versatile for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. The legendary SM58 is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals.

SE Earphones feature award-winning sound isolating technology and unique sound signatures. The SE215 have a single Dynamic MicroDriver and provide detailed sound with enhanced bass, making them a great option for personal listening or professional monitoring. Featuring Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE535 uses a dedicated tweeter and dual woofers to deliver spacious sound with rich bass for a true audiophile listening experience.

“With the holiday season right around the corner, our winter SM and SE rebate offers are an opportunity to purchase the microphone you’ve been coveting or give the gift of premium earphones to a fellow music lover. You could also follow a ‘one for you, five for me’ philosophy. We promise not to tell,” said Ellen Mahon, Marketing Communications Manager at Shure. “With a variety of models and pricing options now coupled with our holiday rebates, Shure’s award-winning microphones and earphones are more accessible than ever before.”

Rebates include $10 back on an SM57-LC, SM57-X2U, SM58-LC, SM58-CN, SM58S, or SM58-X2U microphone purchase; $10 back on an SE215 purchase; and $50 back on an SE535 purchase. SE215 earphones are available in clear or translucent black, while the SE535 is available in clear, metallic bronze, or a Special Edition red color at select retailers. The DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit, also included in the offer, is eligible for a $30 mail-in-rebate. Rebates will be honored for up to six SE products, six SM products, and two drum kits.

Shure SM Microphone and SE Earphone Holiday Rebates are available through January 11th, 2015.

More information: Shure

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