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BOSS announces VE-5 Vocal Performer

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BOSS has announced the VE-5 Vocal Performer, a compact and mobile personal effects processor and looper for vocalists.

BOSS VE-5 (red)

Featuring a simple-to-use tabletop design that can be easily attached to a mic stand for performing, the VE-5 is perfect for singers, rappers, beatboxers, webcasters, and anyone that wants to have fun with processing vocal sounds.

The VE-5 inherits high-quality effects from BOSS’ popular VE-20 Vocal Performer pedal, including reverb, delay, double/harmony, and dynamics processing. Also on board is realtime pitch correction and special effects processing via the TONE/SFX category. A built-in phrase looper lets users capture vocal performances with effects and loop them on the fly for exciting real-time presentations.

One-touch operation makes it ideal for singers, even those not familiar with FX pedals, to select sounds and turn effects and harmonies on/off with ease. In addition, users can store three favorite settings and access them quickly with dedicated buttons. The phrase looper is easily controlled from the front panel as well.

VE-5 Vocal Performer features

  • Easy one-touch operation.
  • Six types of high-quality vocal effects inherited from the VE-20 – Reverb, Delay, Double/Harmony, Dynamics, Pitch Correct, and Tone/SFX.
  • Phrase Looper adds impact to real-time vocal performances, including harmonizing and layered beatboxing.
  • Favorite Sound function provides immediate access to preferred sounds.
  • Ideal for live performance, as well as tabletop setups; mic-stand mount included.
  • Internal microphone for instant gratification.
  • Aux input for blending external music.
  • Battery operation for street performance (AC adapter sold separately).

The VE-5 Vocal Performer will be available in late spring.

More information: Roland / BOSS VE-5 Vocal Performer

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Circular Labs releases Mobius 2.0

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Jeff Larson Mobius

Circular Labs has updated the Mobius programmable looper software for Windows and Mac to version 2.0.

The focus of this release was a redesign of the synchronization engine, support for sample rates other than 44,100 and support for Audio Unit host sync.

Many, many architectural changes were made but few of these will be visible to most users. If you have been using Mobius, this will be one of the more complicated upgrades. Parameters related to synchronization will not be upgraded automatically, you will need to redesign your sync settings as track setups rather than presets. This is discussed in the release notes.

Changes in Mobius v2.0

  • Redesigned synchronization engine for improved sync.
  • Support for Audio Units host sync (Logic, Garageband).
  • Support for other sample rates besides 44100.
  • Redesigned UI button window that works like other binding windows.
  • Improved OSC support.

Mobius for Windows and Mac (Standalone/VST/AU) is available to download as freeware.

More information: Circular Labs

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Korg intros mini KAOSS PAD 2

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Korg mini KAOSS PAD 2

Korg has introduced the mini KAOSS PAD 2, an effect processor and media player.

Korg’s Kaoss Pad Series products have become the must-have effect units on in every musician’s rig – especially on the DJ scene. In addition to inheriting powerful effect programs from the Kaoss Pad KP3 and the Kaoss Pad Quad, the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 provides an MP3 player with adjustable pitch, making it ideal for creating DJ-Style performances. Use it as a DJ playback device, or use it to process the entire output of your DJ rig with Korg’s famous KAOSS effects. Instrumentalists, guitarists, sound designers and even just music fans will enjoy using the Mini Kaoss Pad 2. Offering a built-in mic, onboard speaker, and convenient battery power, the Mini KAOSS Pad 2 is completely self-contained and ready wherever you go!

mini KAOSS PAD 2 features

  • Control effects in real time using the intuitive touchpad interface.
  • MP3 player with microSD card slot for data storage/exchange; Perform on the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 without needing any other equipment!
  • 100 effect programs, ideal for DJ mixes or sound design.
  • 3 Program Memories provide instant recall of favorite effects.
  • Powerful Looper, Vinyl Break, and Ducking Comp effects borrowed from the Kaoss Pad Quad.
  • Internal mic plus external audio inputs.
  • Support for pitch change and cue point settings allows serious DJ play..
  • Record your performances and save then to using the microSD card slot.
  • 6 preset audio demo loops.

The mini KAOSS PAD 2 will be available May 2012, priced May MSRP $220 USD.

More information: Korg / mini KAOSS PAD 2

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TC-Helicon intros VoiceLive Play compact multi effects unit

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TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play

TC-Helicon has announced its new VoiceLive Play compact multi fx pedal.

VoiceLive Play is a new take on a compact multi effects unit for singers, but it is also so much more.

Obviously it is packed with TC-Helicon’s pro-level effects tailored specifically for vocalists and state-of-the-art harmony processing yet it is in the details where ’Play’ really shines.

Basically, singers will be catered to as if a dedicated vocal producer was sitting inside the box, always ready to fulfill their every wish and follow their slightest move.

VoiceLive Play features

  • Complete Vocal Path – Tone, Harmony, HardTune, Reverb, Double and more.
  • Auto Key Detection – Harmonies Can Follow your Favorite Songs.
  • Practice Mode – Sing along and Analyze Vocal Performance.
  • Tone – Global Adaptive EQ, Compression, De-ess, Gate and Pitch Correction.
  • VLOOP Performance Looper with Undo/Redo.
  • RoomSense Microphones for Auto Key, Monitoring, Practicing and Recording.
  • Navigate Over 200 Presets by Genre or Effect with Favorites.
  • Aux Input for Connecting an MP3 player..
  • Stereo XLR, Headphone and USB Stereo Outputs.
  • Low-noise Mic Preamp with Phantom Power.
  • Optional MP-75 Modern Performance Vocal Microphone with Mic Control.
  • Preset Download and Management Using VoiceSupport and USB.

VoiceLive Play is scheduled for release in Winter 2012, with an estimated price of $249.99 USD / 249 EUR SSP.

More information: TC-Helicon / VoiceLive Play

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BOSS ships RC-300 Loop Station

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BOSS has announced it is now shipping the RC-300 Loop Station, the new flagship model in its industry-leading lineup of real-time phrase loopers.

BOSS RC-300 Loop Station

Equipped with multitrack loop phrases, three hours of stereo recording time, built-in effects, enhanced real-time control options, USB, and much more, the RC-300 is a dream machine for the growing legions of instrumentalists and vocalists that incorporate live looping in their musical performances.

The RC-300 replaces the popular RC-50, improving on its powerful predecessor in nearly every way. Like the RC-50, it’s housed in an ultra-durable metal chassis that’s built to last, and offers 99 different memory locations, each with three independent stereo or mono loop phrases. But, the RC-300 ups the ante big time with three hours of recording and loop storage, more than seven times the amount available in the RC-50. The RC-300 also provides newly enhanced options for controlling loop phrases, including dedicated REC/DUB/PLAY and STOP footswitches for each phrase, an ALL START/STOP footswitch, and an expression pedal for real-time effects control.

RC-300 features

  • Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each.
  • Dedicated fader per track.
  • Expression pedal for effects control in real time.
  • Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories.
  • 16 onboard effects optimized for looping.
  • XLR Microphone input with phantom power.
  • USB storage; import/export WAV files.

The RC-300 is now available to purchase for the MSRP of $768.50 USD.

More information: BOSS / RC-300

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Peter Dines launches Threefer Deal – Get Loupe, Mirage and ParamDrum at discount

Peter Dines Loupe

Peter Dines has announced the Threefer Deal, offering a bundle of his Reaktor ensembles at a discount.

The Halloween sale was such a success I’ve decided to extend a discount on a semipermanent basis: The Threefer Deal.

Purchase all three of Loupe, Mirage and ParamDrum for Reaktor and get a 33% discount. So instead of $45 for the full package, you get all three for $30!

More information: Peter Dines

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Boss Loop Station World Championship 2 – Loop Artist Angela Sheik Takes Top Honors at Second Annual U.S. Finals

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Boss recently held the U.S. National Finals for the Loop Station World Championship 2, its annual international competition for loop-based musicians.

From a field of six talented finalists, loop artist Angela Sheik of Wilmington, Delaware, was crowned U.S. Champion for 2011. With her victory, she will go on to represent the United States at the world finals in March 2012.

The six U.S. looping finalists came to perform before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges including noted session guitarist and Toto founder Steve Lukather; veteran record producer Michael Lloyd; Snoop Dogg bassist Robert “Bubby” Lewis; GIT Director Jude Gold; and BOSS U.S. Vice President Paul Youngblood at the renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

Loop-based music making is a leading form of musical expression today, and BOSS’ innovative Loop Station products have played a major role in the rise of this art form. Now in its second year, the BOSS Loop Station World Championship provides an opportunity for BOSS loopers from around the globe to compete and showcase their unique musical talents on the world stage.

The six were chosen from hundreds of video submissions received by BOSS during the summer. Each finalist performed an original composition by playing various instruments and creating live loops with a BOSS RC-series Loop Station product. Four of the six also incorporated vocals in their looping presentations. Before the winners were announced, the audience was treated to a set by The Iron Maidens, the world’s only female tribute to Iron Maiden.

(Photo) All the finalists dazzled the audience and judges with heartfelt performances and excellent musicianship. Most impressive was their use of BOSS Loop Stations to support their compositions, layering multiple musical parts together to create exciting and engaging full-ensemble sounds in real time.

In addition to earning the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the world championship in Frankfurt, Germany, during the 2012 Musikmesse music fair, Ms. Sheik received $3000.00 worth of BOSS and Roland gear for her First Place finish.

Second Place went to Chance Gallagher of Boulder, Colorado, while Third Place went to Danny O’Ryan of Clearwater, Florida. The other finalists included Richie Kihlken of Santa Monica, California; Nicholas Stott of Greensboro, NC; and Nate Stein of Berkeley, California.

“The loopers came, and they played their hearts out,” said Paul Youngblood, summing up the judges’ feelings about the six finalists at the end of the evening. “Frankly speaking, there’s no such thing as a winner or loser to me. They’re all are winners. They were great!”

To watch videos of the winning performances and to find info about the upcoming international finals, please visit www.BossUS.com/LoopStation.

More information: Boss

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Sugar Bytes releases RTAS versions of its plugins

Sugar Bytes

Sugar Bytes has announced it has released RTAS version of all its products.

All Sugar Bytes products now deliver an RTAS plugin and work directly in Pro Tools, without needing any additional wrapper software.

Turnado and Thesys have enjoyed some deeper programming and now come with fresh features and improvements.

Turnado 1.1.1 now features a special SyncX mode in the Stutter and Looper effect, which nails all changes of speed knobs onto the beat measure. The Turnado Guitar Amp now works in true stereo.

In Thesys 1.6.0 the Action Section has been enhanced, Manual Step Mode now can be retriggered and looped and the Song Sequencer will also be retriggered by the Action Section.

More information: Sugar Bytes

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