Arturia intros BeatStep Pro performance step sequencer

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Arturia has launched BeatStep Pro, an all-new world-class controller and dynamic performance step sequencer, at the NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

Arturia BeatStep Pro

Designed for hands-on hardware sequencing, the BeatStep Pro brings two fully independent melodic sequencers and one drum sequencer.

You can from the BeatStep Pro manage a full performance, controlling software instruments, analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines and drum kits, iPad apps.

The melodic sequencers offer up to 64 steps per sequence, 16 sequences per project and 16 projects, making them the most impressive step sequencers ever made.

The additional drum sequencer allows for 16 separate tracks of sequencing. Record in real-time via the pads or use the step buttons for a classic drum machine workflow.

BeatStep Pro features

  • 2 monophonic step sequencers
    • Up to 64 steps per sequence.
    • Note, velocity and gate time settings per step.
    • Note tie.
  • 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
    • MIDI controller mode.
    • Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads.
    • Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes.
  • 16 Projects, each with 16×2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
  • Performance controls.
  • Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings.
  • Real-time looper/roller touch strip.
  • Independent swing amount per sequence.
  • Touch sensitive knobs.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • Connectivity
    • CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates).
    • 8 drum gate outputs.
    • Clock sync with multiple standards.
    • MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors.
    • USB class compliant.
  • Kensington lock.

BeatStep Pro will be available for purchase in April, 2015, priced at $299 USD/249 EUR.

More information: Arturia / BeatStep Pro

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Kemper announces Profiler Remote

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Kemper has announced the new Profiler Remote for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler to be available in Q1 2015.

The Profiler Remote is the perfect remote foot controller for the Kemper Profiler, fully integrated with the Profiler hardware and software. This integration includes phantom power supply from the Profiler, a display to reflect important information about the current working mode, connectors for additional pedals and automatic maintenance during firmware upgrades.

Kemper Profiler Remote

One to rule them all – Rigs, FX and much more
The Profiler Remote is a unique remote foot controller that goes beyond the obvious and established concepts. The tight integration with the excellent features of the Kemper Profiler make this combination the most powerful and inspiring performance solution ever while keeping it simple and straightforward in terms of programming, assigning and operation.

Well designed in a sturdy metal housing complimenting the look and feel of the Profiler the Profiler Remote connects via an included 7 meter/ 21 feet long Ethernet cable and draws its power from the Profiler, no extra power supply needed. The Profiler Remote features 4 direct connectors to hook up your favorite pedals to control continuous controllers like WahWah, Gain, Volume, Delay Level, Delay Feedback, etc.

The buttons on the Profiler Remote provide direct access to 5 program patches (Rigs), patch bank up and down, permanent Tuner with three LEDs, 30 sec. stereo Looper, Tap Tempo that also drives the unique real time Beat Scanner and an all time direct access to effects assigned to the current patch with the dedicated Stomp FX Buttons. The current status is visually represented on the Remote’s display.

The versatile and unique Stomp FX Buttons
These four dedicated buttons can be freely assigned to switch on/ off stomps and effects. They can also trigger special features in certain effects. Their respective assignments and their on/off status are stored per Rig. Each button can also be assigned to multiple stomps and effects. Assigning the Stomp FX Buttons is simple and straightforward: Simply by pressing the Stomp Button on the Profiler and the respective button on the Remote simultaneously.

Connecting up to 4 expression pedals and/ or external switches
The Profiler Remote offers four TRS-sockets named to connect expression pedals. If there is the need for additional switches, mono and stereo switches can be used with these sockets, too.

The 30 second stereo LOOPER
The Looper Button activates the Profiler’s new Looper function for recording up to 30 seconds in stereo. When activated the Looper turns the Bank Up/ Down and Rig Buttons on the remote to versatile Looper controls:

  • Record/Play – to control recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Stop – to interrupt recording, playback and overdubbing, and to clear the loop
  • Trigger – to start one playback cycle
  • Reverse – to change direction of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Halftime – to change speed of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Undo/Redo – to discard or recover last track

Additional Connectivity
The Profiler and the Profiler Remote communicate with each other via an ethernet cable. The cable included in the Profiler Remote package has been carefully selected, and is perfectly suited for this purpose. Kemper have included a Neutrik® etherCON® cable connector carrier which ensures a robust connection. For the use on bigger stages and using multiple Remotes for the Profilers it is possible to use additional powered Ethernet Hubs. This way, distances of more than 100m (300ft) can be bridged.

Direct Response Preset Switching
With the Profiler Remote Kemper have significantly accelerated the Rig switching time. What’s even better: they managed to avoid the usual silent gap that happens when switching to the next sound and turn it into a smooth crossfade. In conjunction with the implicit spillover of delay and reverb the Profiler provides the smoothest sound switch transitions in the industry.

Controlling external MIDI Gear
With the Profiler Remote it is of course also possible to switch and control external MIDI Gear. Program changes executed with the Profiler Remote for example can be defined with a MIDI program change command that is sent to external MIDI gear simultaneously via the Profiler’s MIDI Out connector.

The Profiler Remote will be available exclusively from the Kemper Online store during Q1/2015 for 499 EUR (incl. VAT) / $599 USD (plus applicable tax). In stores the Profiler Remote will be offered as a bundle with the Kemper Profiler. The price will be announced.

More information: Kemper

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Sugar Bytes releases Looperator effect plugin

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Sugar Bytes has announced the release of Looperator, a multi-effects plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sugar Bytes Looperator

Looperator is a dynamic multi-effect software: designing subtle rhythmic enhancements to spectacular effect pyrotechnics is easy and fun. Its expressive potential quickly approaches the character of an “instrument”.

Like all our software, we developed Looperator with operational fluidity at the top of the agenda. The deep parameters allow for intense technical performances, while the casual user can enjoy instant DJ-like fun. Either way, the audience will be equally fascinated. The dynamics and depth emanating from Looperator is sure to touch every fan of modern music.

Build a looping effects sequence, with discrete settings for each of the stunning engines, then bring everything to life using the comprehensive modulation system on a per-step basis.

Looperator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for 119 EUR / $119 USD.

More information: Sugar Bytes / Looperator

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Unfiltered Audio announces Thanksgiving Sale on plug-ins

Unfiltered Audio has announced a Thanksgiving Sale on all of its products.

Unfiltered Audio Thanksgiving Sale

From November 26th – December 3rd, you can buy their highly acclaimed AU/VST plug-ins Sandman and G8 Dynamic Gate for a great price!

  • Sandman Delay/Looper: $14.99 (25% off)
  • G8 Dynamic Gate: $24.99 (50% off)

These deals are available directly through their website or through external dealers.

In addition, all of their Rack Extensions will be available through the Propellerhead Store at discounted rates:

  • Renoun Reverb: $19 (33% off)
  • G8 Gate: $19 (33% off)
  • Yoko Band-Splitter: $9 (50% off)

The sale ends December 3rd, 2014.

More information: Unfiltered Audio

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Eventide ships H9 MAX stompbox

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Eventide has announced it is now shipping the H9 MAX effect pedal.

Eventide H9 MAX

Shipping NOW – H9 MAX, the studio processor in a stompbox, comes chock full of all 45 algorithms from TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space, plus the new Looper and all future H9 algorithms…forever.

H9 MAX features

  • Includes all 45 algorithms and over 500 presets from TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space PLUS all current AND future H9 exclusive algorithms including the just-released Looper.
  • H9 Control App for Windows/Mac/iOS features wireless control via Bluetooth, facilitating the creation and management of presets and control of multiple H9s.
  • Share H9 MAX algorithms with up to four additional H9s.
  • True Analog Bypass.
  • MIDI Control.
  • Simple One-knob User Interface.
  • Built-in Tuner.

The H9 MAX is now available from Eventide dealers.

More information: Eventide / H9 MAX

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