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M-Audio announces new M-Track Series audio/MIDI interfaces

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M-Audio has announced their new M-Track Series of USB audio/MIDI interfaces.

Offering three distinct models, the M-Track Series combines a robust feature set with extreme ease of use to create versatile audio/MIDI interfaces for every level of musician.

M-Audio M-Track Quad
M-Audio’s M-Track Quad four-channel USB Audio/MIDI interface.

Starting with phantom-powered XLR jacks, line inputs with guitar-level switching, TRS audio inserts, and latency-free monitoring, the M-Track Series provides a comprehensive range of inputs, outputs, and connection options designed to work efficiently in the modern studio or on the go. Simple controls, effective metering, and rugged chassis make the M-Track Series ideal for withstanding the rigors of day-to-day use. From the entry-level M-Track to the pro-line M-Track Quad, each model offers a reliable platform that can accommodate the myriad of devices that can come and go in a changing project studio.

“With a deep feature set and solid build, the M-Track Series provides each musician with the best value in audio interfaces available today,” according to M-Audio Product Manager Dan Steinberg. “Each model continues the M-Audio tradition of delivering a level of versatility, performance, and value that sets new standards among audio/MIDI interfaces. In addition, each interface includes Ignite by AIR music creation software; the Plus and Quad models also include Avid® Pro Tools® Express—complete with iLok—providing a tremendous advantage.”

M-Audio M-Track Quad
M-Track Pro & M-Track two-channel portable USB audio/MIDI interfaces.

M-Track Series

  • M-Track — This entry-level model offers two-channel operation. Each channel provides both XLR and 1/4″ inputs. Phantom power (48V) and guitar-level switching are provided. Professional audio converters and discrete preamp design deliver up to 24-bit, 48 kHz digital audio for use with virtually any software. 4-segment LED metering and multiple status lights provide real-time visual feedback. A single USB cable provides both power and data, making setup a snap. Intuitive controls include individual gain knobs, a convenient zero-latency mix knob, plus a headphone output with its own level knob. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, in addition to the balanced main 1/4″ outputs. Ignite by AIR music creation software and Ableton Live Lite 8 complete this powerful package.
  • M-Track Plus — At home in the more advanced digital studio, the step-up M-Track Plus is built on the M-Track’s foundation, with the addition of coaxial S/PDIF digital input and output jacks on the back panel and a robust metal casing. M-Track Plus comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.
  • M-Track Quad — The flagship of the family, M-Track Quad offers up to four simultaneous audio inputs. As with the entire M-Track family, the M-Track Quad features four individual mic inputs with selectable 48V phantom power, 1/4″ line inputs with guitar-level switching, and perchannel audio inserts. A second set of outputs operates independent of the monitor level control, providing extra versatility. The four-channel M-Track Quad includes an AC power supply plus three USB outputs, allowing it to function as a powered USB hub. MTrack Quad also comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.

M-Audio will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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M-Audio launches Axiom AIR keyboard and pad controllers

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M-Audio has added three new Axiom AIR models to the upper echelons of their popular Axiom USB/MIDI keyboard and pad controller lineup: the Axiom AIR 61, Axiom AIR 49, and Axiom AIR 25.

Created in conjunction with AIR Music Technology, these keyboards were designed to deliver a high level of integration with a broad array of music software titles. These new models join the previously released and compact Axiom AIR Mini 32.

M-Audio Axion AIR 61

Unlike other keyboard controllers that include trial and demo versions of music software, M-Audio’s strong partnerships with AIR Music Technology and Avid® allow each Axiom AIR 61, 49 and 25 model to come complete with two exclusive and complementary music creation applications: Ignite by AIR and Pro Tools® Express from Avid.

By removing many of the hurdles associated with computer-based music-making, Ignite delivers the most streamlined means to quickly capture your best musical ideas. According to AIR Product Manager Samara Winterfeld, “Ignite was designed from the ground up to provide instant integration and controller mapping with Axiom AIR and every M-Audio keyboard. This is one less thing a musician has to worry about when inspiration strikes.”

From Ignite, musical ideas can be easily migrated to the included copy of Avid Pro Tools Express, providing customers with access to the production capabilities of the industryleading DAW software. Avid Pro Tools Express includes the required iLok USB key—a $49.99 retail value.

The bold white and brushed metal design of the Axiom AIR series features many aesthetic and ergonomic enhancements not found in previous generations of controllers. These features include illuminated knob and pad controls, angled backlit display, longerthrow faders, and clearance under the body providing a path for cabling, keeping studio and workspace tidy.

Pitch bend and modulation wheels allow for spontaneous expression, while octave/transpose buttons allow the keyboard to cover the entire note range, in any key. In addition to measuring how hard you strike, the pads also respond to pressure for enhanced control. Both keys and pads feature a wide range of touch curves to match any playing style.

The pads, buttons, and rotary encoder knobs feature three banks of controller assignments; the current bank is indicated by tri-color illumination. All controller assignments can be freely made from the front panel and easily identified using the dedicated Identify button. The unique Pad Learn function makes it easy to assign instrument sounds to pads. Best yet, each Axiom AIR model features M-Audio’s HyperControl to automatically map the controllers to popular recording software and virtual instrument titles.

Axiom AIR keyboards features

  • Axiom AIR 25 — Ideal for the modern beat-making musician, the Axiom AIR 25 offers a generous 16 pads and 25 synth-action keys—with aftertouch. Assignable controls include 8 rotary encoder knobs and 1 long-throw 70mm fader.
  • Axiom AIR 49 — Balancing size and features to satisfy a broad range of players and composers, the Axiom AIR 49 features 12 pads and 49 synth-action keys—with aftertouch. Assignable controls include 8 rotary encoder knobs, 9 buttons, and 9 long-throw 70mm faders.
  • Axiom AIR 61 — Providing the accomplished keyboardist with an inspiring playing experience, the Axiom Air 61 delivers 61 TruTouch, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch. Assignable controls include 8 rotary encoder knobs, 9 buttons, and 9 long-throw 70mm faders.

M-Audio will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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M-Audio announces Axiom A.I.R. advanced MIDI keyboard controllers

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M-Audio has introduced the Axiom A.I.R. Series, a full line of advanced MIDI keyboard controllers, which includes the Axiom A.I.R. 61, Axiom A.I.R. 49, Axiom A.I.R. 25 and the Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32.

M-Audio Axiom 25 AIR
16 backlit drum pads, illuminated knobs and synth-action keys on M-Audio’s Axiom 25 A.I.R.

The Axiom A.I.R. series represents the latest evolution of best-in-class keyboard controllers from M-Audio. Featuring exclusive HyperControl™ automatic control mapping technology and groundbreaking Ignite music creation software, Axiom A.I.R. controllers provide an instant, fully immersive music creation experience. Everything, from their ultra-responsive keys and pads to their multi-color buttons and long-throw faders, has been crafted to provide an unobstructed evolution of musical ideas, from conception to expression.

“M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. takes an instrument-focused approach that makes it easier than ever before to create, capture, and share your best musical ideas. With better control mapping and integration with Ignite music creation software, we’re providing total control over your music tools while removing many of the barriers that slow down your creative process,” said Andrew Ramm, Director of Product Management for M-Audio and A.I.R. “This, combined with the products’ stylish and ergonomic designs makes Axiom A.I.R. controllers both highly desirable and uniquely capable in the world of instrument controllers.”

The Axiom A.I.R. Series’ name is derived from both the market-leading M-Audio Axiom product line and from A.I.R. Music Technology, the German-based developers of acclaimed, industry-standard virtual instruments and audio processing tools. The Series’ name signifies an unprecedented level of integration and virtual instrument control never before achieved in a line of MIDI controllers.

Each Axiom A.I.R. controller has its own unique characteristics, giving musicians a choice between four premium music creation solutions that are optimized for different creative preferences. The Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 is made for powerful music creation on the move, with an ultra-mobile form factor, 32 velocity-sensitive mini keys, eight trigger pads and assignable low-profile knobs; the Axiom A.I.R. 25 is a hybrid keyboard/pad controller, giving beat makers and groove creators space-efficient yet comprehensive control with 16 backlit drum pads, illuminated knobs and synth-action keys; the Axiom A.I.R. 49 provides comprehensive control over any DAW for musicians of all types with an expanded layout of long-throw faders, illuminated buttons, backlit pads and 49 synth-action keys; and the Axiom A.I.R. 61 delivers all the same expanded features as the Axiom A.I.R. 49 but with 61 premium keys featuring TruTouch™ semi-weighted action for the keyboardist who demands a satisfying and responsive playing experience.

Each Axiom A.I.R. controller will come with Ignite, a new software with a revolutionary approach to music creation. Developed by A.I.R. Music Technology, Ignite is a discrete, standalone music ideation and creation software built from the ground up to spark creative ideas and enable musicians to build songs in an organic fashion. With Ignite, musicians are set free from the rigid and stale interfaces of the past. Ignite conforms to the user’s creative process and represents a fresh way of thinking about music creation—a way that complements and energizes a musician’s natural workflow. Ignite helps musicians unlock creative energy and construct songs in an instinctive and satisfying way.

The Axiom A.I.R. Series will be available from musical instrument retailers in mid-October of this year. M-Audio will unveil the Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 at booth# 800 at the 2012 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee from July 12-14.

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A.I.R. Music Technology intros Ignite Software: Inspired new approach to computer-based music ideation & creation

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AIR Music Technology

A.I.R. Music Technology has introduced Ignite, a new software solution with a revolutionary approach to music creation.

Ignite is a discrete, standalone music ideation and creation software built from the ground up to spark creative ideas and enable musicians to build songs in an organic fashion. It’s not another DAW with complicated controls or engineering-centric workflow. In fact, it’s not a DAW at all.

With Ignite, musicians are set free from the rigid and stale interfaces of the past. Ignite conforms to the user’s creative process and represents a fresh way of thinking about music creation—a way that complements and energizes a musician’s natural workflow. It’s a whole new way of creating, capturing, and sharing musical ideas and compositions, the perfect creative partner for a musician. Ignite helps musicians unlock creative energy and construct songs in an instinctive and satisfying way. Songs can then be exported to a sequencer or DAW if desired.

M-Audio Ignite
M-Audio Ignite with Axiom AIR 32 Mini.

At the heart of Ignite is its non-linear Arranger, which replaces the traditional timeline and tracks-and lanes format. Just open the software, connect an M-Audio keyboard and start capturing musical ideas. Individual ideas can be snapped together in pairs or groups to intuitively construct entire songs. Ignite’s Smart MIDI technology assists in the creation of chords, phrases, patterns, and complex arrangements, and five premium virtual instrument expansions are included. All of Ignite’s built-in instruments and included expansions are based on A.I.R.’s professional virtual instruments, which were originally developed for Pro Tools.

“We are very proud to announce Ignite. This is the result of more than a year of research and development, blood, sweat and tears. It is exciting for the whole team to see it come to life,” said Samara Winterfeld, Principal Product Manager, A.I.R. Music Technology. “We’re musicians who were never really satisfied with the music-making experience on any DAW, so we built Ignite for ourselves and for musicians everywhere who want to capture and develop their musical ideas in ways that are intuitive and inspiring. This first release introduces key features that are central to the product. We have many more new features in development and look forward to sharing them soon.”

Ignite provides an immediate outlet for natural music creation and ideation—its unique tab interface eliminates distraction, presenting users with all the tools they need for each step of the process and nothing more. Select an instrument, record, edit MIDI in the Piano Roll View, organize and arrange clips and more, all in a clean, inviting interface with straightforward controls and zero clutter.

With Ignite, musical collaboration and sharing are easier than ever. Its Sharing Tab includes direct links to SoundCloud, Facebook, email and more. Ideas can be shared instantly, empowering musicians to craft, collaborate and create songs together, whether they’re separated by a few miles or on different continents.

Ignite 1.0 is focused specifically on the keyboardist’s workflow. Beginning in Q3 of 2012, all M-Audio keyboard controllers will ship with Ignite included, and other brands in the inMusic family will include Ignite with select products. This initial product release will be followed by a number of scheduled releases designed to address the complete music creation process. These processes span content access, music creation, collaboration, finishing, publishing and live performance for both keyboard-based musicians and those recording audio from analog sources.

A.I.R. will unveil Ignite at Booth 800 at the 2012 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee, July 12-14.

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Avid releases M-Audio Fast Track C400 & C600 recording interfaces

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Avid has announced the release of the Fast Track C400 and Fast Track C600—, the next generation of the best-selling M-Audio® Fast Track line of USB interfaces.

Extending Avid’s legacy of providing best-in-class solutions for customers of all skill levels—from advanced professionals to students and beginners—the new Fast Track C-series delivers exceptional audio quality plus hands-on controls for a superior user experience. The interfaces are available bundled with studio-standard Pro Tools® MP software or as standalone units.

Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400

Sporting a new, desktop-friendly, ergonomic design, the new Fast Track C-series interfaces combine multiple solutions into one by incorporating a studio-quality audio interface, unique hands-on controls and an integrated monitor management system. The end result is a new generation of music creation solutions that empower musicians to deliver better quality recordings in less time.

Fast Track C400/C600 features

  • All-new industrial design maximizes desktop space while providing hands-on access to key controls.
  • An assignable Multi button delivers hands-on software control, enabling musicians to maintain the creative flow (Fast Track C600 also features re-assignable transport controls).
  • Superior converters, redesigned analog signal paths and 24-bit/96 kHz audio fidelity ensure recordings will sound amazing.
  • Intuitive monitor management system enables musicians to compare their mixes on multiple sets of studio monitors—confirming mixes translate well.
  • Onboard MX Core DSP technology supplies reverb and delay on headphone outputs, inspiring great performances and delivering low-latency monitoring without taxing the host computer.
  • Each interface is available as a bundle with industry-leading Pro Tools MP software, or standalone for use with other popular audio software.

Fast Track C400 and C600 are available now for $309.95 USD and $499.95 USD respectively (includes Pro Tools SE streamlined music creation software).
Pro Tools MP + Fast Track C400 is available for $499.95 USD. Pro Tools MP + Fast Track C600 is available for $699.95 USD.

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Avid intros M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 keyboard controller

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Avid has introduced the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32, a 32-note ultra-portable keyboard controller.

The M-Audio® Keystation Mini 32 is the ideal choice for players on the go. Designed by the company that pioneered mobile music production, this ultra-portable keyboard delivers unmatched playability in its class.

Avid / M-Audio Keystation Mini 32

Simply plug it into your computer or iPad* and perform two-hand parts with 32 great-feeling, low-profile mini-keys. Customize the keyboard sensitivity to your playing style with highly musical velocity curves—including one specifically for drum programming.

Control your performance with four assignable controls, including a rotary knob. And easily play and write music using the included software. With USB bus power and plug-and-play** functionality, Keystation Mini 32 is the easy way to create and perform on the go.

Keystation Mini 32 features

  • 32 low-profile, velocity-sensitive mini-keys – great feel in an ultra-portable design.
  • 4 assignable controls—three buttons and a knob – real-time control of your DAW and virtual instruments.
  • Selectable velocity curves including one for drum programming – customize the keyboard to your playing style.
  • Robust, high-quality build – withstands frequent, mobile use.
  • USB bus-powered and class compliant – easy plug-and-play operation with your computer or iPad*.

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 will be available this September for $99.95 USD MSRP.

More information: Avid / M-Audio Keystation Mini 32

* iPad Camera Connection Kit required. Check your app to verify MIDI support.
** Class-compliant, plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows 7, XP, and Vista operating systems.

Avid announces promotions for wide range of studio products

Avid M-Audio Mbox

Avid has announced promotions for a wide range of studio products.

There’s never been a better time to pick up studio and stage gear from Avid.

Effective immediately, Avid is rolling out a variety of specials and price reductions across our product lines.

Avid Promotions

  • Buy a Pro Tools or Pro Tools MP bundle, get award-winning drums, keys, and guitar amp plug-ins at no extra charge – When customers purchase and register any Pro Tools + Mbox® family or Pro Tools MP + M-Audio® interface bundle*, they’ll receive a promo code to download three award-winning plug-ins—Eleven® LE, Strike®, and Velvet®—at no additional charge**. Valued at approximately $950 USD, this collection delivers ultra-realistic guitar amp emulations trusted by world-class guitarists, the ultimate virtual drummer instrument, and stunningly faithful emulations of popular electric pianos.
  • Upgrade from any single Avid virtual instrument^ to the Pro Tools Instrument Expansion Pack** and save – Want even more great instrument sounds? For a limited time, customers who purchase a single Avid virtual instrument can upgrade to the complete Pro Tools® Instrument Expansion Pack—featuring the Structure® sampler workstation, Transfuser® groove creator, and Hybrid™ synthesizer—for an extra-low price.
  • Get incredible savings on PA speakers and recording systems – Customers save up to 25% on all GSR PA speakers—and enjoy special promotional pricing** when they buy multiple GSR models at once.

More information: Avid / M-Audio

* Includes Pro Tools MP + MobilePre, Pro Tools MP + Fast Track Pro, Pro Tools MP + Fast Track Ultra, Pro Tools + Mbox Mini, Pro Tools + Mbox, and Pro Tools + Mbox Pro; Avid hardware bundles containing Pro Tools SE or Pro Tools LE software do not qualify for this promotion.
** Offer valid from August 12, 2011 – December 31, 2011.
^ Includes Strike, Structure, Transfuser, Velvet, and Hybrid.

Avid releases Pro Tools MP9, studio-quality composing and recording to users at every level

Avid has announced the availability of Pro Tools MP 9, the latest version of the award-winning Pro Tools software, which enables M-Audio® hardware enthusiasts to harness professional-quality recording, editing, and mixing features in their home or project studios.

Avid Pro Tools MP 9 with Fast Track Ultra

Pro Tools MP 9 leverages the same core functionality found in Avid’s Pro Tools software, the top choice for music and audio professionals. New Pro Tools MP 9 features include Automatic Delay Compensation for great-sounding, phase-accurate mixes; and MP3 export capability, which enables users to easily share their creations with the world. Avid’s Pro Tools MP 9 software will be offered standalone for use with select M-Audio interfaces, as well as in all-new, value-packed bundles with the M-Audio MobilePre, Fast Track® Pro or Fast Track Ultra interfaces, providing the essential tools that customers need to create professional-quality music.

Specifically designed to work with select Avid’s M-Audio audio interfaces, Pro Tools MP 9 delivers a professional, stable platform intended for personal studio and mobile music creation.

Pro Tools MP 9 features

  • Studio-standard composing, recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, and mixing features.
  • Support for a wide variety of M-Audio hardware interfaces, providing robust, complete solutions that are easy to set up and use.
  • 48 simultaneous 24-bit mono or stereo tracks and up to 96 kHz fidelity, enabling rich, layered productions
  • Over 70 virtual instruments and effects plug-ins for creating and polishing professional-sounding mixes.
  • Automatic Delay Compensation and MP3 export, delivering the most requested Pro Tools updates to Pro Tools MP 9 users.
  • Session compatibility with professional Pro Tools studios around the world, facilitating collaboration.

Pro Tools MP 9 is available to purchase for $299.95, and upgrades are available to existing Pro Tools M-Powered™ users for $199.95. Pricing for Pro Tools MP 9 bundles begins at $329.95 for Pro Tools MP 9 + MobilePre, $399.95 for Pro Tools MP 9 + Fast Track Pro and $549.95 for Pro Tools + Fast Track Ultra. All prices USMSRP. All options now available worldwide.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools MP 9