M-Audio intros Delta Bolt audio interface & M40/M50 monitoring headphones

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M-Audio has introduced its new Delta Bolt audio interface and the M40/M50 monitoring headphones at the NAMM show.

M-Audio Delta Bolt 1212

Deltabolt was created from the ground up to be a Thunderbolt-compatible interface, unlike many less sophisticated competitors, for whom Thunderbolt usability is an afterthought grafted onto an older platform.

Recognizing the need for a high-quality audio interface that works with the super-fast Thunderbolt connection, M-Audio’s Deltabolt 1212 provides absolutely pristine audio recording quality by virtue of its proprietary Octane-X mic preamps. Deltabolt 1212’s superior preamps mean that recordings and bi-directional data transfers processed through the Delta Bolt 1212 have far better sound quality than previous audio interfaces, an invaluable benefit for users to whom ultimate audio quality is paramount.

Deltabolt’s output DACs are 32-bit, giving Deltabolt another sonic advantage—the ability to operate at 32-bit/192kHz through the Thunderbolt link, compared to conventional competitive units that are limited to 24-bit/96kHz.

Deltabolt 1212 will ship Q3 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

The M40 and M50 are two new monitoring headphones models.

M-Audio M50

These new models both offer an extremely high level of acoustic performance and noise isolation, making them ideal for the individual looking for a monitor-quality headphone suitable for long studio mixdown sessions, DJ use or critical recreational audio listening.

The M50 Over-Ear Monitoring Headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers for outstanding performance that is totally unexpected at their modest price. They feature a comfortable over-the-ear design for great noise isolation, which is ideal for long hours in the studio monitoring mixdown tracks. With their wide-ranging 28–20kHz frequency response, the M50 headphones deliver the detail and precision needed for every musical style. The leather cushioning on the flexible headband and ear cups provides a fatigue-free listening experience for even the longest-lasting, most demanding sessions. The detachable cable is 6 ft. (1.8m) long and includes a ¼-inch adapter for compatibility with all equipment.

The M40 On-Ear Monitoring Headphones offer much of the performance and user-friendly features of the M50, but at a slightly lower cost. The M40 utilizes highly capable 40mm drivers that deliver an authoritative frequency response of 36-20kHz for great sound on any program material. Like the M50, the M40 also has comfortable leather cushioning on its flexible headband and a 6 ft. (1.8m) detachable cable.

The M40 and M50 will be available in January 2015, price at £39.99 GBP and £49.99 GBP, respectively.

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M-Audio intros Code Series Keyboards

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M-Audio has introduced its new Code Series keyboards, a family of three full-featured models.

M-Audio Code Series Keyboards

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key versions, the Code Series combines a remarkably smooth-feeling keyboard with a surprisingly complete feature set to create a keyboard line of unusually professional capability and unexpected value.

The Code Series builds upon M-Audio’s legacy of innovative workflow and playability. Their comprehensive controls automatically map to popular DAW’s such as Ableton Live, Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, and Steinberg Cubase, so artists can easily convert their creativity into immediate, tangible results.

Code Series keyboards features

  • Smooth-feel, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback .
  • Touch pad for X/Y axis control .
  • USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use.
  • 5 Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favourite synths.
  • Assignable pitch & mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII support), and transport control with Mackie Control and HUI modes.
  • Split keyboard with four assignable zones.
  • Expression and Sustain pedal inputs.
  • 6 digit LED display.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, AIR Music Technology Loom and Hybrid 3.

The Code Series will be available in May 2015, priced at £149.99 GPB for Code 25, £189.99 GBP for Code 49, and £229.99 GBP for Code 61. The keyboards will be on display at the 2015 NAMM Show, January 22-25, Hall A, Booth 6700 in Anaheim, California.

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M-Audio announces updates to Virtual Instruments included with its products

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M-Audio has announced it has teamed up with Air Music Tech and Sonivox to bring free upgraded versions of the Virtual Instruments included in Trigger Finger Pro (Hybrid 3 2.04 Update), and Oxygen 2014 Series & Keystation 2014 Series (Xpand!2, select models of Eighty Eight and Twist Update).

M-Audio Hybrid 3

A new serial number is required for these new versions. Customers will receive an email with their complimentary upgrade serial number in the next few days. If you have not yet registered your product please do so at their website to redeem your complimentary instruments.

Changes in the updates

  • Improved support for Cubase 8.
  • Improved support for Logic Pro X latest version.
  • Wide range of performance enhancements and stability optimizations.
  • Improved support for Pro Tools 11.
  • Official support for OS X 10.10.
  • Optional support for using an iLok key to store your license.
  • New license manager to allow customers to manage their own authorizations.
  • Now install on up to three seats per license (Computers or iLoks).
  • Support for new Akai Pro Virtual Instrument Player.
  • Improved support for M-Audio Arsenal.

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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.

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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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