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Boss launches Loop Station World Championship 2

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Boss has announced the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2, the second annual search to find the world’s top looping artist.

Guitarists, bassists, beatboxers, vocalists, violinists, drummers, keyboard players, and looping musicians of all sorts are invited to start by submitting a video performance using any BOSS RC-series looping product. The result could be a trip to the U.S. finals in Hollywood, California, where the top looper will earn $3,000 in BOSS gear and a spot in the international championship at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Boss Loop Station World Championship 2

Open Competition — June 1, 2011 — August 31, 2011

  • Upload a live performance video using any BOSS RC-series Loop Station product to Youtube.com (video must be five minutes or less).
  • Visit www.BossUS.com/LoopStation and fill out the entry form.
  • Entries will be judged and selected by BOSS, who will evaluate the creativity, musicianship, stage presence, and technical skill of the looping performances.

U.S. Finals — October 22, 2011

  • The top six entries from the Open Competition will be flown in to compete at the BOSS U.S. Loop Station Finals 2 at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear; trip to the international championship
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

International Championship — Musikmesse Frankfurt, March 2012

  • The winner of the U.S. Finals will represent the United States in the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, challenging the winners of other Loop Station competitions held around the globe.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

More information: Boss

Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals now shipping

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Boss has announced it is now shipping the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders.

Boss RC-30

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to BOSS’ top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and BOSS’ portable, affordable, and simple-to-use Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by BOSS’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet available for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio.

The RC-30 is housed in BOSS’ popular Twin Pedal chassis, just like the RC-20XL it replaces. New features include true stereo inputs and outputs, plus up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage, a marked upgrade to its predecessor’s mono I/O and 16 minutes of mono recording. Additionally, the RC-30 has a new dual phrase loop feature that lets users create and play two completely independent stereo loop phrases in perfect sync.

Included in the RC-30 is the LOOP FX feature that lets users process their loop recordings in real time, plus 99 memories for onboard loop storage and an LED memory indicator. In addition, a USB 2.0 port lets users swap and manage WAV audio loops with a computer. Holdover features from the RC-20XL include a mic input with phantom power, an AUX IN jack for connecting a portable music player, and a key selection of onboard rhythms, which now include real audio drum loops.

The RC-3 is the RC-30’s kid brother, housed in a rugged BOSS compact pedal chassis. The RC-3 offers all the essential features of the RC-30 in smaller package, including stereo I/O, up to three hours of stereo recording and loop storage, 99 onboard memories, USB 2.0, and built-in rhythms. Users can connect an optional BOSS FS-5U Foot Switch for additional foot control if desired.

Both of the new Loop Station pedals are available now. MSRP is $418.40 USD for the RC-30 and $318.50 USD for the RC-3.

More information: Roland / RC-30 and RC-3

Loomer updates Sequent effect plugin to v1.2.3

Loomer Sequent

Loomer has released version 1.2.3 of Sequent, a semi-modular sequenced beat looper multi effect for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Sequent is a step-sequenced multi-effect processor with a flexible modular effects routing system, an incredibly powerful beat looper, twenty-three parameter sequencers, and a wealth of randomization options. Sequent is the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.

Changes in Sequent v1.2.3

  • Native 64-bit support for Linux VST plug-ins and Standalone application formats.
  • Integrated undo and redo, with unlimited history size.
  • Master Sequencer, to arrange effects along a time-line.
  • Random pattern generation functions.
  • Partial preset support for Routing configurations.
  • Thru switch for Delay Module, which if enabled allows the dry signal to be passed through when the delay effect is turned off.
  • Effects are now colour-coded for easy identification.
  • Category support in preset browser.
  • Windows VST 32-bit plug-ins and standalone applications no longer depend on additional runtime libraries. However, these libraries are still required – and installed – for the RTAS format plug-ins.
  • libjack is now weak-linked for standalone Linux. This means JACK is not required (but still recommended) for Linux users.
  • Windows RTAS plug-in is now installed to the correct location on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
  • MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis.
  • Fix for rare issue that stopped presets from loading in Linux Renoise when LADSPA plug-in support is enabled.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when connecting Effects in the Routing Window whilst simultaneously changing Presets via MIDI.
  • Fix for crash (on both Windows and Linux) that could occur when ‘space’ is pressed when confirming the overwrite preset dialog.
  • Presets without Patterns are now considerably smaller when saved to disc.
  • Improved rendering speed of Router graphics.
  • Reduced CPU usage when switching or editing patterns.
  • Preset Browser is now maximized to fill the entire plug-in window.
  • For Windows VST (32-bit and 64-bit), the preferences file can be placed alongside the DLL file to facilitate USB or portable installs.
  • Additional presets.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.
  • PDF manual is now printer-friendly.

Sequent is available to purchase for £49 GBP excl. VAT.

More information: Loomer / Sequent

Sugar Bytes announces Turnado multi-effect tool

Sugar Bytes has announced Turnado, a new multi-effect for Windows and Mac.

Sugar Bytes Turnado

Turnado is your new multi-effect tool crafted especially for massive and real-time audio manipulation, providing countless truly unique effects, creating sounds unheard of every time you turn it on.

Turnado is both: hands-on stage performance boost and serious tool for studio perfectionism, giving you direct control of up to 8 different effects at any given time, with a total of 24 effects available.

The idea is simple:
Turn a knob and the effect is on.
Turn the knob further and effect parameters start to move and modulations start to apply.
Turn it down and the effect is off.
This one-knob-action fits perfectly for all kinds of studio or stage situation where you bang your midi controller creating wicked breaks to let the crowd dance even harder.

While each effect provides one knob to control it, underneath that easy cover you find effect parameters and modulation engines to be controlled by the main knob in all thinkable ways, which makes loading an effect just the starting point of the way you can go with it.

The powerful “Dictator” mode allows you to animate all main knobs and run that animation with just one fader.
This way you easily create and control complex effect layerings and arrangements in a new and inspiring way.

Inventing the Turnado effects, the main focus was on beat manipulation, and you will find a lot of loopers, slicers and graintools, as well as distortions, filters and firstclass delays and reverbs. With the extensive modulation possibilities, each effect covers millions of unbelievable sounds that turn into something new anytime you turn the main knob.
Turnado is inspiring you again and again with completely new variations of your original sound and groove.

Turnado for Windows and Mac (Standalone/VST/AU) will be available early summer 2011. Price: TBA.

More information: Sugar Bytes / Turnado

Expert Sleepers updates Crossfade Loop Synth to v3.1.3

Expert Sleepers Crossfade Loop Synth

Expert Sleepers has released version 3.1.3 of Crossfade Loop Synth, a sample playback synth instrument and sampler effect for Windows and Mac.

From version 3, Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.

Changes in Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.3

  • Fixed: Bug in the plug-in’s response to a MIDI All Notes Off message. In Plogue Bidule, this could cause a problem with the drones not reactivating when a plug-in was switched in and out of Bypass mode.

Crossfade Loop Synth for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49 USD (plus VAT if applicable).

More information: Expert Sleepers / Crossfade Loop Synth

Circular Labs updates Mobius to v1.43

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Jeff Larson Mobius

Circular Labs has released version 1.43 of Mobius, a program for the real-time creation and manipulation of audio loops.

There are no major new features in this release, it was developed primarily during the writing of the new set of user’s manuals so most of the changes were cosmetic name changes and reorganization of the user interface.

Probably the most interesting new feature in 1.43 is support for OSC with built-in support for the TouchOSC iPod/iTouch application. This is still an experimental feature that has to be configured in XML.

This release contains many small changes and improvements. Some of the old EDP preset parameters have been removed and some have been replaced with more flexible parameters. Lots of names have been changed to make them clearer and more consistent.

Parameter changes in Mobius v1.43

  • “Interface Mode” and “Insert Mode” parameters have been removed.
  • “Alt Feedback Enable” checkbox replaces InterfaceMode=Expert.
  • No more “Record Mode” parameter, now we have “Record Resets Feedback”.
  • No more “Overdub Mode”, now we have “Overdub Quantized”.
  • No more “Sampler Style”, now have “Switch Location”, “Switch Duration”, and several other new parameters.

Mobius is available as freeware for Windows PC and Mac OS X.

More information: Circular Labs

Zoom announces G3, Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal

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Zoom and Samson Technologies have introduced the G3, a guitar effects and amp simulator pedal with multi-effects, and onboard looper.

Zoom G3

The Zoom G3 combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects pedal, and adds the convenience of an onboard drum machine, looper, and USB audio interface. According to Zoom, the new G3 pedal offfers complete control over both individual effects and amp modeling, allowing you to modify your tones on the fly while performing. The included drum machine and looper make the G3 an all around good option for guitarists of every level.

What’s more, the G3 features three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface that allows you to use up to three amp models or stompbox effects in any combination at any time. The G3 provides authentic amplifier modeling and over 100 built-in DSP effects to craft and store up to 100 original tones.

About the new pedal, Mark Wilder, Director of Marketing for Samson Technologies (Zoom’s U.S. distributor), comments, “To elevate their performance, guitar players can now use on-the-fly patch changes, craft their own sounds, jam along with the drum machine and looper or utilize DAW recording applications all with one easy-to-use pedal.”

In addition to being a guitar effects and amp simulator pedal, the new G3 is a USB audio interface for DAW recording on your computer. For creating new patches, recording, and editing purposes, the pedal comes bundled with Zoom Edit & Share software, as well as the Steinberg Sequal LE digital audio workstation (DAW). The G3 can be powered by either four AA batteries for over six hours of operation, or with a USB bus or the included AC adapter.

G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal features

  • Stompbox pedalboard and multi-effects pedal in one.
  • Over 100 built-in DSP effects.
  • Store up to 100 original tones.
  • Amplifier modeling.
  • Onboard drum machine.
  • Onboard looper.
  • USB audio interface.
  • Three large LCD displays and footswitches.
  • Includes Zoom Edit & Share software.
  • Includes Steinberg Sequal LE.
  • Powered by either four AA batteries, USB bus, or the included AC adapter.

More information: Samson Technologies

Korg announces Kaoss Pad Quad, Dynamic Effects Processor

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Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

Korg has announced the Kaoss Pad Quad, a dynamic effects processor.

Create your own combination of Kaoss effects, and simultaneously control up to four effects using a single fingertip! Introducing the Kaoss Pad Quad; it’s Kaoss control evolved to a whole new level.

Kaoss Pad Quad features

  • Brilliant, colorful LED touchpad illuminations move in sync with your performance.
  • Control multiple effects in realtime using the intuitive Kaoss X-Y touchpad.
  • Create your own Kaoss combinations and use up to four effects at once.
  • Choose one of five effects from each of four effect groups; a total of 1,295 combinations!.
  • Freeze button holds the effect settings after you release your finger, for dazzling hands-free use.
  • Versatile and highly playable effects control, delivering unimaginable expression.
  • New Looper effects – Forward, Reverse and Slice – add new audio intensity.
  • Mix it up with new DJ emulation Vinyl Break and Ducking Compressor effects.
  • Auto BPM engine detection and Tap Tempo functions keep your Kaoss locked to the beat.

More information: Korg / Kaoss Pad Quad