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AudioFront updates MIDI Expression to v1.0.1.0

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AudioFront has announced version of its MIDI Expression firmware and control application.

MIDI Expression is a pedal to USB MIDI interface.

This update brings a new mode for sustain pedals and footswitches called Control Change Dual CC, allowing a single pedal to send two different MIDI messages depending on how long it’s pressed.

The updated MIDI Expression features dual CC mode.

Changes in MIDI Expression v1.0.1.0

  • New Features:
    • Dual CC mode.
    • Factory Reset Button.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue with supporting the Berhinger FCV100.
    • Fixed toggle mode host synchronization.
    • Fixed lag while device saves internal presets.

MIDI Expression costs $49 USD.

More information: MIDI Expression


AudioFront launches MIDI Expression interface

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Audiofront MIDI Expression

Audiofront has announced MIDI Expression, a USB pedal interface.

MIDI Expression is a very compact class compliant USB MIDI device that allows different types of pedals to interface with your computer. Pedal sensing technolgy built into the device detects the type of pedal plugged in and automatically adjusts its settings to support that device.

MIDI Expression has four built-in configurations or presets–one for expression pedals, one for sustain pedals, one for hihat controllers, and one for footswitches. When you plug-in a pedal, the MIDI Expression detects its type and automatically loads the corresponding configuration. A software configuration application can be used to change a number of settings for each of the configurations including, Chan, CC, and response curve and more. All settings are stored in the device itself for portability.

MIDI Expression features

  • Pedal Sensing Technology detects the type of pedal plugged in and reconfigures the device to ensure optimal performance and compatibility.
  • Graphical preset editor.
  • Editable expression curves.
  • Compact portable design.
  • Class Compliant (no driver required).

MIDI Expression is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: AudioFront / MIDI Expression


TK Audio releases Transceiver universal insert tool

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TK Audio releases the Transceiver, a four channel insert station.

The Transceiver is a four channel universal interface between balanced and unbalanced gear. Each channel has a send level and a 0-20dB gain for the returns. A polarity switch is also provided on the return channels.

TK Audio Transceiver
TK Audio Transceiver (click image for full version).

Transceiver features

  • Hook up your guitar pedals and old tape-echos to your DAW or console inserts.
  • Use it as a linebox for your bass, keyboard and guitar.
  • Also a perfect tool when you like to hook up your bass directly to your favourite pre’s mic input.
  • Transceiver is also a very useful re-amp tool.
  • Use your studio gear on stage by using the transceiver as a driver then route the balanced signal back through the transceiver to get an unbalanced instrument level back again.

The Transceiver has a list price of 740 EUR / $980 USD / £610 GBP ex VAT.

More information: TK Audio / Transceiver


Expert Sleepers launches ES-3 mk2

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Expert Sleepers ES-3 mk2

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ES-3 mk2, a new version of its popular ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface Eurorack module.

The ES-3 is a Eurorack format module which converts eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe input to DC coupled outputs on 3.5mm jacks, for the ultimate convenience in connection of a DAW directly to analogue synthesizers.

The outputs can be used as control voltages (CVs), for example with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and can also be used as audio outputs at high, modular synth-compatible levels.

With the ES-3, a single optical cable is all that is need to bring direct CV control from your DAW right into the heart of a modular system.

The ES-3 mk2 adds two headers to the PCB for connection to as yet unannounced expansion modules.

ES-3 mk2 modules are available to purchase for MSRP £159 GBP + VAT.

More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-3 mk2


MOTU brings back the MIDI Express XT interface

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Motu has announced it is once again shipping the MIDI Express XT, a 128-channel USB MIDI interface for Mac and Windows.

You get plug-and-play USB connectivity to any computer, sub-millisecond MIDI timing accuracy, 8 separate MIDI inputs, 9 MIDI outputs, sync features, a foot switch input, and tons of MIDI processing, including routing, merging, and muting.

Designed and engineered for both personal and professional use, the Express XT now includes support for 23.976 SMPTE time code and ships with completely updated ClockWorks software for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista.


The MIDI Express XT can be used in a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Comprehensive MIDI connectivity for small, medium, and large recording studios.
  • MIDI programming features for live performance.
  • Time code synchronization for audio, video, and broadcast applications.
  • Multi-output MIDI streaming for industrial applications such as robotics automation control systems.

The MIDI Express XT supports Mac OS X (10.5 or later) and Windows 7/Vista. The MIDI Express XT is now shipping, priced at $395 USD.

More information: Motu / MIDI Express XT


AcmeBarGig releases iFace v1.6

AcmeBarGig iFace

AcmeBarGig has released version 1.6 of iFace, an interface plug-in for RedWirez impulse response libraries.

iFace is here to change the way you interact with your RedWirez impulse response libraries. Be done with the manual navigation methods of the past, and discover the best interface for one of the best IR libraries around!

Changes in iFace v1.6

  • Saving your selections as their own Cabinet Files.
  • Using external Cabinets.
  • Support for Recabinet 2.02 through Menu Templates.
  • Support for ALL Redwirez cabinets.
  • New, more organized internal menu.
  • Cabinet Blend slider.
  • Serial and parallel convolution.

iFace for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $21.12 USD. A free 30-day trial can be downloaded from the iFace product page.

More information: AcmeBarGig / iFace


Expert Sleepers announces ES-4 S/PDIF/ CV interface

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Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-4, a Eurorack format module which converts a standard S/PDIF input to five channels of control voltage.

Expert Sleepers ES-4

Two of the five channels are calibrated to provide over 5 octaves of 1V/octave pitch CV. The remaining three channels are general purpose outputs (for use as e.g. gates, envelopes, LFOs) and each have a nominal range of 0-10V or ±5V (user selectable).

Since S/PDIF is a stereo-only format, the encoding of the five channels on to two is handled by software to be provided as part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way.

The ES-4 will connect to any audio device using the S/PDIF standard. This includes the digital audio output provided as standard on all recent Macs.

The ES-4 Gate Expander is a Eurorack module which works in tandem with the ES-4 to offer 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc.

Up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders can be attached to one ES-4 – one per ES-4 channel. (The 8 outputs of the Gate Expander reflect the 8 bits of CV information passed to the ES-4′s DACs.) Therefore you can combine the modules to create a system with up to 40 independent gate outputs – all driven from a single S/PDIF connection.

ES-4 prelimiary specifications

  • Panel width: 8HP.
  • Module depth: 51mm.
  • Digital input: coaxial S/PDIF.
  • Digital output: coaxial S/PDIF.
  • Analogue outputs: 5x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled.
  • Output voltages
    • Channels 1-2: 0-5.3V (when trimmed for 1V/octave response).
    • Channels 3-5: 0-10V or ±5V (jumper selectable per channel).
  • D/A conversion: 8 bit, using high precision Analog Devices DACs.
  • Indicators: LED for S/PDIF sync lock; 2 LEDs per channel on channels 3-5 indicate output voltage (+ve/-ve).
  • Expansion
    • 5 headers for connecting ES-4 Gate Expander modules (see below).
    • Digital audio I/O header (I2S format) for future expansion.

ES-4 Gate Expander preliminary specifications

  • Panel width: 4HP.
  • Module depth: 24mm.
  • Analogue outputs: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled.
  • Output voltages: 0V/5V or 0V/12V, selectable via jumper in groups independently for channels 1-4 and 5-8.
  • Indicators: LED per channel.

The ES-4 modules are scheduled for release August 2011. Pricing TBA.

More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-4