M-Audio releases Expansions Collection for Trigger Finger Pro

M-Audio has announced the introduction of the initial versions of its Expansions Collection, a family of software designed to bring greater capability and creative enhancements to their acclaimed Trigger Finger Pro pad controller.

M-Audio Expansions Collection

This initial release features five distinct software collections that will give M-Audio’s Trigger Finger Pro greater creative capabilities than ever before. Four world-renowned artists have contributed their unique talents and signature sounds to the project, giving artists using Trigger Finger Pro an unprecedented degree of creative options and compositional flexibility.

The four contributing artists to the initial round of Expansions are:

  • Rui Da Silva—Deep House Collection
  • Florian Meindl— Berlin Deep House and Tech-House, Sounds of Berlin
  • Radio Slave—Sounds of Techno
  • Thomas Schumacher—Berlin Techno

Each custom kit comes pre-assigned and mapped to the AIRDrums software, so they’re ready to play. Users can add multi-FX, envelopes, pitch and layering to give their productions even more diversity. All of the loops inside the expansion pack have been formatted into REX files, providing instant groove control. The user can slow down or speed up to any tempo in a live environment directly from the Trigger Finger Pro hardware or inside their DAW. Users can overlay one-shots, bass lines, and stabs in sync with their loops, all in real time. These unique design features—available only from MAudio—is what gives the user such a wide array of creative choices.

M-Audio Content Manager Andy Mac said, “This is a huge step forward for our brand and for the Trigger Finger Pro platform. M-Audio has always delivered outstanding products for production, so we wanted to make sure the level of detail delivered would sonically elevate the most demanding production requirements. Our world class artist series includes stunning one shots, killer loops, music loops, SFX, vocal glitches and more, all formatted in WAV and REX for instant tempo control in any live environment. We’re looking to inspire the artists to perform and create like never before.”

The Expansions Collection is available now from M-Audio for $29 USD for each pack.

More information: M-Audio / Expansions Collection

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M-Audio launches upgraded M-Track audio interfaces

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M-Audio has announced it has upgrades to its M-Track series audio interfaces.

M-Audio M-Track series
The M-Track and M-Track Plus now feature a rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance, and an expanded software suite is included with the M-Track Eight interface.

These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd.
“The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”

Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.

M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.

“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.

The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October, priced at $99 USD and $149 USD, respectively; the M-Track Eight is available now for $399 USD.

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M-Audio releases new Oxygen MIDI keyboard controllers

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M-Audio announced the availability of its newly updated Oxygen Series MIDI keyboard controller line.

M-Audio Oxygen 25
The Oxygen series expand on playability and include a wide array of sounds with two virtual instruments for players, songwriters, and producers.

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key models, the Oxygen series build upon a legacy of innovative workflow and playability with its expansive MIDI control surface for the modern studio setup. Each model comes equipped with a number of faders, buttons, knobs, pitch & mod wheels, transport controls, and velocity-sensitive trigger pads. With Directlink, these controls will automatically map to popular DAW’s such as Ableton Live, Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, and Steinberg Cubase.

The Oxygen series include a comprehensive software package with a sonic palette to suit a variety of music styles. Ableton Live Lite provides a DAW platform to work out of the box along with its own host of sample content. Also included is Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer by SONiVOX. Xpand!2 by AIR Music Technology, is a multitimbral all-in-one workstation that lets you create a multitude of combinations of 4 active layers for a unique sound set.

“These new keyboards are now a complete solution for creating music,” commented J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “Adding trigger pads and the included software package, users now have everything they need to get their music creation started, out-of-the-box.”

Oxygen series features

  • 25, 49, or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching, and more.
  • 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments and plugins.
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61) lets you mix your productions with ease.
  • Transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse.
  • Directlink automatically maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more.
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback.
  • USB-powered, plug-and-play support, and USB-MIDI connectivity.
  • Sustain pedal input for further creative control.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate music creation.
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer.
  • Includes AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices.

The Oxygen series keyboard controllers are available for a street price of $119 USD (Oxygen 25)/$169 USD (Oxygen 49)/$229 USD (Oxygen 61).

More information: M-Audio / Oxygen Series

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M-Audio introduces updated Keystation keyboard series

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M-Audio has introduced the updated Keystation keyboard series.

Designed to be simple, powerful solutions for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments, the new Keystation series boasts even more functionality, a virtual piano instrument, music production software and a sleek new colorway.

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
The new Keystation Mini 32.

The four new Keystation models suit a wide range of musicians needing a pure, velocity-sensitive keyboard controller. The Keystation Mini 32 features synth-action mini-keys, octave shift, and sustain and modulation buttons for the travelling musician or producer.

The Keystation 49, 61 and 88 offer an extended physical octave range and full-size keys–ideal for use with a digital audio workstation or in a live performance setup. Lightweight and durable, they travel with ease and compliment nearly any musician’s studio.

New for the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 are transport and directional controls for simple DAW operation without a mouse or trackpad. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is included on each for expressive performance capabilities.

M-Audio Keystation 49
The updated Keystation 49 controller keyboard.

Also included with the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 is a powerful software suite for creating music. The Eighty-Eight Ensemble from SONiVOX lets you play one of the most sought after pianos in the world from the comfort of your Keystation keyboard. This powerful virtual instrument is an authentic capture of a 9-foot CD327 Steinway—meticulously recorded and expertly sampled. Ableton Live Lite, flexible music creation software, is included so you can create with professional flair right out of the box.

Keystation Mini 32 features

  • 32 velocity-sensitive, synth-action mini keys.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Pitch bend, sustain, and modulation buttons add expression to your performances.
  • Octave-shift controls let you access the entire range of playable notes.
  • Includes Ignite music creation software by AIR Music Tech.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

Keystation 49, 61 and 88 features

  • 49, 61 or 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys.
  • Transport and directional controls let you operate your DAW from the keyboard.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano instrument.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite digital audio workstation.
  • 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain pedal input.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

The new M-Audio Keystation Mini 32, Keystation 49, Keystation 61 and Keystation 88 will be available in Summer 2014 with a $49.99, $99.99, $169.99 and $219.99 street price, respectively.

M-Audio will showcase the Keystation series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: M-Audio

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M-Audio intros new Oxygen controller keyboards

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M-Audio has introduced the new Oxygen series of controller keyboards for musicians and producers.

M-Audio Oxygen 25

Available in 25-, 49- or 61-key models, the Oxygen series combines a velocity-sensitive keybed with a series of 8 trigger pads. Used for launching audio clips, triggering percussion sounds and more, the pads also provide velocity-sensitive response and illuminated feedback. Control capabilities expand with 8 assignable knobs – perfect for adjusting plugin parameters and mixing tasks. The Oxygen 25 features an assignable master fader while the Oxygen 49 and 61 provide 9 total faders for virtually limitless MIDI manipulation. Each keyboard in the series features an LCD screen and transport controls for seamless operation with digital audio software. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is built in for expressive performances.

Every keyboard in the Oxygen series includes a powerful software package for creating music right away, starting with Ableton Live Lite – a dynamic music creation software, that lets musicians develop songs with extensive MIDI and audio processing tools. Twist, an acclaimed spectral-morphing software synthesizer from SONiVOX, creates swirling sonic textures that come to life with inspiring depth and motion.

Oxygen Series features

  • 25, 49 or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching & more.
  • 8 assignable knobs for mixing and tweaking plugins.
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61).
  • Transport controls let you operate your DAW without reaching for the mouse.
  • Auto-maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase.
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate and powerful music creation.
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist spectral morphing synthesizer.

The new Oxygen controller series will be available in Summer 2014 with a street price of $99 USD (25-keys) / $149 USD (49-keys) / $199 USD (61-keys).

M-Audio will showcase the Oxygen series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: M-Audio

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