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Avid announces Pro Tools MP 9 + bundles with M-Audio interfaces

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 also announced all-new bundles that combine Pro Tools MP 9 software with select M-Audio interfaces to deliver industry-leading music creation solutions at an extraordinary value.

Avid Pro Tools MP 9

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

Pricing for Pro Tools MP 9 is $299.95 USD, and upgrades are available to existing Pro Tools M-Powered users for $199.95 USD. Pricing for Pro Tools MP 9 bundles begins at $329.95 USD for Pro Tools MP 9 + MobilePre, $399.95 USD for Pro Tools MP 9 + Fast Track Pro and $549.95 USD for Pro Tools + Fast Track Ultra. All prices USMSRP. All options will be available worldwide on May 16, 2011.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools MP 9

M-Audio Venom, virtual analog synthesizer now shipping

M-Audio is now shipping the Venom, its new 12-voice virtual analog synthesizer.

M-Audio Venom

The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer combines the character of classic analog synths with modern digital processing to deliver an aggressive, infectious new sound. Whet your appetite with the included presets, then sink your teeth into creating original sounds—from atmospheric and subtle, to angry and downright nasty. Easily tweak parameters from the intuitive top-panel interface, or explore endless sound design and configuration possibilities with the included software editor. Perform bass lines, leads, and more with a full-size keyboard designed to satisfy serious players. You can even use Venom as an audio interface with Pro Tools M-Powered* and other music software—forming a powerful production machine to take your music in dangerous new directions.

Venom features

  • 49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard
  • 12-voice polyphony, each voice including:
    • 3 oscillators with 41 waveforms and 53 drum sounds sampled from vintage analog synths, FM digital synths, and drum machines
    • pulse-width modulation, sync, FM, and ring modulation
    • resonant multimode filter with tube saturation limiting
      • 12 dB/octave (2-pole) low pass
      • 12 dB/octave (2-pole) band pass
      • 12 dB/octave (2-pole) high pass
      • 24 dB/octave (4-pole) low pass
      • 24 dB/octave (4-pole) band pass
      • 24 dB/octave (4-pole) high pass
    • 3 LFOs with selectable sample-and-hold
    • 3 AHDSR envelopes
    • 16 modulation routes
  • 4-part multitimbral operation with independent MIDI-syncable phrase sequencers
  • 512 onboard Single patches
  • 256 onboard Multi (layered) patches
  • 2 global bus effects
    • Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser
  • 1 insert effect per multitimbral part (4 total)
    • Compression, EQ, Distortion, Bit Reduction, Decimation
  • classic arpeggiator with up, down, and alternating patterns
  • tap-tempo and manual BPM control from top panel
  • built-in USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface (USB 1.1 backward compatible)
    • 2 x 2 24-bit, 44.1 kHz operation
    • mic, instrument, and stereo line level inputs route to DAW
    • synth sounds route to DAW
    • DAW audio output mixes into main outputs
    • stereo main audio outputs (1/4″ TS)
    • stereo headphone output (1/4″ TRS)
    • master volume knob; instrument and mic gain knobs
    • MIDI In and MIDI Out (5-pin DIN)
  • large custom LCD
  • 4 rotary encoders and 1 button for performance control and editing
  • dual-function octave up/down and transpose controls
  • assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • sustain (1/4″ TS) and expression (1/4″ TRS) pedal inputs
  • included Vyzex Venom software editor
    • arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, and save backups
    • patch collider feature mashes up multiple patches to create new hybrid sounds
    • 16-cell modulation matrix offers comprehensive routing configurations

Venom is now available to purchase for $599.99 USD.

More information: M-Audio / Venom

Avid announces Venom, Torq 2.0, Eleven Rack Expansion Pack & New Mbox Family Options

Avid has introduced a series of new live performance and recording solutions for independent musicians looking to take their digital audio creations to the next level.

The new tools—which include the M-Audio® Venom® virtual analog synthesizer, Torq® 2.0 DJ software, the Eleven® Rack Expansion Pack and new Mbox® family options—deliver innovative, professional features and flexible, open workflows so artists can create distinctive and compelling audio, in the studio or on stage.

Venom: New Virtual Analog Synthesizer Brings Unprecedented Sound Options to Customers of All Skill Levels

Merging Avid’s expertise in virtual instrument development and keyboard design, the M-Audio Venom synthesizer delivers an aggressive take on the emulation of classic analog synthesis—combining the warm sound and character of vintage keyboards with the intuitive control and workflow advantages of modern digital processing to provide cutting-edge sound options to musicians of all skill levels. This new entry into the synthesizer market represents a dramatic departure from traditional virtual analog keyboards with the following features.

M-Audio Venom

Venom features

  • Extensive sound design capabilities—allow customers to create distinctive sounds using 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from renowned vintage keyboards. Users can add realism to their mixes with a DSP-induced oscillator drift, and additional sound complexity with a 12-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, as well as 16 modulation routings.
  • Full-sized keyboard and ergonomic design—enables customers to comfortably create music and play using a 49-note, full-size, synth-action keybed and intuitive top-panel controls.
  • Included Vyzex Venom software editor—provides a clear visual representation of all synth settings and parameters so users can arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, save backups on their computers and collaborate with other users. Users can also mash up multiple patches and create new hybrid sounds with the built-in patch collider.
  • Built-in USB audio/MIDI interface—gives customers the ability to record audio from instruments, mics or other sound sources, or process external audio using Venom onboard effects and filters, without the need for additional audio interface hardware.
  • Compatibility with Pro Tools and third-party recording solutions—opens up workflows so customers can work directly with Pro Tools®, Pro Tools M-Powered™, Pro Tools SE and or third-party DAWs, including Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Logic and GarageBand, forming a powerful, all-in-one music creation, mixing and recording solution.

Venom is available today starting at $599 USD.

Torq 2.0—Next-Generation DJ Software Delivers Open Platform for Creative Performance and Production

Torq 2.0

Rebuilt from the ground up by Avid’s acclaimed software development teams, Torq 2.0 is a high-performance solution featuring advanced professional features and new flexible workflow options for creative DJ performance and real-time remixing and production.

New features in Torq 2.0 include

  • Four virtual decks with EQ, level control, headphone cueing and crossfade—enable customers to play four tracks at once to create unique, complex and dynamic mixes.
  • Traq Morph™ technology—patent pending innovation blends music tracks in exciting new ways by intelligently applying audio effects during crossfade. 
  • Open, flexible workflows—provide DJs with the flexibility to use the software with M-Audio Xponent® and Conectiv® DJ and third-party hardware, or stand-alone without any hardware at all.
  • Updated user interface and database—gives users the ability to sort through tens of thousands of tracks, including Apple iTunes Store libraries, to quickly create distinctive mixes.
  • 13 built-in effects and VST effect support—enable customers to reinvent sound by stacking up to four simultaneous built-in effects and one VST effect per deck, allowing for up to 20 effects at once.
  • Advanced recording options—empower DJs with the ability to capture their entire performance with an integrated performance recorder for distribution or editing. As a result of ReWire, they can also create, mix and record with Pro Tools or third-party DAWs, bringing their DJ performance to the studio environment.

Torq 2.0 is available for a free trial download today at www.avid.com/torq2trial. Torq 2.0 will be available worldwide via digital download on February 8, 2011 for $249.99 USD. The boxed version of Torq 2.0 will be available later in Q1.

Eleven Rack Expansion Pack: Expanded Guitar Amp Emulation, Vocal and Bass Workflows and Effects

Avid Eleven Rack Expansion Pack

The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack, a software add-on option for Avid’s award-winning Eleven Rack guitar amp and effects processor, provides a series of new features and enhancements to the system

Eleven Rack Expansion Pack features

  • New guitar and bass amp effects emulations—deliver users an expanded sonic palette with 19 new guitar amp and effects emulations, including an all-new bass amp/cabinet simulation that invokes the sounds of legendary bass tones.
  • Parametric EQ and studio compressor channel strip effects—allow customers to easily capture vocal and instrument performances using new channel strip-style signal processing.
  • Dynamic stereo delay—provides customers more options to enhance their sound, create custom effects and widen their guitar tone with full ducking, panning and filtering control on delay feedback.
  • Speaker break-up emulation—re-creates the natural distortion characteristics heard when turning up an analog amp with speaker breakup emulation added to all amps.

The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack will be available worldwide on March 22, 2011 for $99 USD via the Avid Web store only.

New Mbox Family Options: Portable Personal Recording Systems Now Available With or Without Pro Tools

Avid Mbox Family Options

Following on the heels of the Pro Tools version 9 launch in November 2010, Avid is now offering Mbox recording solutions bundled with Pro Tools 9. The new bundles—Pro Tools + Mbox Pro, Pro Tools + Mbox and Pro Tools + Mbox Mini—give musicians and engineers the ability to turn their Mac or PC into a portable recording, mixing and production studio using the industry’s most popular DAW for an Avid-advantaged workflow. For the first time ever, customers can also opt to purchase the Mbox Pro, Mbox or Mbox Mini as a standalone recording interface for use with their favorite third-party audio software. This flexibility enables customers to design a workflow that best suits their needs.

Pricing for Pro Tools + Mbox bundles begins at $699.99 for Pro Tools + Mbox Mini, $899.99 for Pro Tools + Mbox and $1,099.99 for Pro Tools + Mbox Pro. Pricing for standalone Mbox interfaces begins at $299.99 for the Mbox Mini, $499.99 for the Mbox and $799.99 for the Mbox Pro. All options will be available worldwide on March 21, 2011.

More information: Avid

Propellerhead Software updates Record to v1.5.1 and Reason to v5.0.1

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Propellerhead Software Record/Reason

Propellerhead Software has released updates for Record and Reason, its music production applications for Windows and Mac.

We are happy to announce the immediate release of Record 1.5.1 and Reason 5.0.1 — free maintenance updates that resolve several minor issues in Reason and Record.

Changes in Record v1.5.1 / Reason v5.0.1

  • Record
    • CodeMeter has been updated to version 4.20b. This version provides better handling of various installation issues.
    • The MClass Mastering Suite Combinator appeared on the Create menu when the Japanese language was selected in Record. It has been removed (the way to use mastering combi patches in Record is to load them as Master Insert FX).
    • The EQ, Filter and Input Gain settings in the main mixer were not chased properly. This could cause clicks or slight fades in the beginning of bounced or played back tracks.
    • There was an audible hiccup (a small pause in the audio) whenever an effect (Wah or Compressor) was switched on or off on a Line 6 Amp device. The Line 6 components have been updated to fix this.
    • An interpolation issue could cause a very slight loss of high frequency content when processing audio in Neptune.
    • The size of Kong devices in the Record rack navigator was slightly incorrect.
    • In rare cases users had to authenticate twice when starting Record.
    • Normalize Clip did not work on clips with extremely long audio recordings.
  • Reason & Record
    • The handling of bad sound drivers has been improved, lessening the risk of a crash due to faulty drivers.
    • Added Remote support for M-Audio Oxygen 88.
    • Added localized help and documentation in German, Japanese and French. Note: The localized help and documentation files are automatically included when Reason or Record are installed from the DVD. When downloading Reason or Record, you need to download and install localized help and documentation separately.
    • During certain circumstances, if a MIDI control surface was locked to a device and the user deleted any device from that song, the program could crash. This would happen if there was another song open and that song was playing back in the background.
    • The “Arpeggio Notes to Track” function on the RPG-8 could cause the program to crash if some of the RPG-8 parameters had been automated.
    • Saving a patch could in rare cases cause the program to crash. This happened if the user loaded a patch from a folder containing a huge number of patches, then moved the patch file to another folder and finally attempted to resave the patch by Alt-clicking the Save Patch button on the device.
    • In some cases, after copying and pasting a sample-based device from one song to another, the pasted device could refer to the wrong samples if the samples were self-contained.
    • Cable drawing has been slightly improved.
    • Thor’s step sequencer in random mode triggered two voices. This could happen when the “Step” run mode was selected and the direction was set to “Random”.
    • The program will occasionally check the available hard disk space. On some systems, these checks could make the user interface temporarily unresponsive.
    • Duplicating devices a large number of times could cause a graphical bug in the rack.
    • A number of localized (translated) text strings were cut off.
    • Voice handling for the NN-XT has been optimized slightly.
    • Dr. OctoRex slice numbers were not shown correctly in Edit mode when using the application in German.
    • If a song used SoundFonts under Windows Vista or Windows 7, the program could store the wrong path to the referenced samples. As a result, there would be missing sounds next time the song was opened.
    • Switching from MIDI sync to internal sync could result in an “Unknown Exception” alert.
    • The program could become very unresponsive when working with songs with a large number of self-contained samples.
    • Songs or combi patches could load with incorrect settings. This happened if a Combi rotary or button had been programmed to control a certain device parameter, and this parameter had been changed “manually” so that its state conflicted with the Combi rotary/button. After saving and loading, the setting of the device parameter was reset to match the Combi settings.
    • When stopping after recording in ReWire mode, the program could freeze for a few seconds.
    • Updated some Japanese translations.
    • The program could assert when changing to virtual MIDI input settings.
    • Kong’s Nurse Rex in Slice Trig mode within a Mute Group would not mute the voice when another pad was triggered.
    • A crash could be caused by dragging one or more half width devices and hovering over a Disk Channel device that doesn’t show inserts.
    • The function of bouncing several audio clips to new samples or to a new recording could take longer than expected.
    • The remote override mode was not completely blocked while the program tried to quit.
    • Muted audio clips in Blocks while adjusting the Block Clip offset could look a bit peculiar.
    • Sample Editor now handles samples with a sampling frequency below 8000 HZ correctly.
    • Names of Mix Channels could become blank in certain cases.
    • Bug in the Mix/Disk-channel, which could occur whenever a device was added or removed in the combi of a channel device (insert effects). This bug might show itself by some short clicking sound, artifact or short freeze when adding or removing devices in a channel device. The Combinator was not affected, and also not the master section.
    • There was a bug when the user tried to move the notes that were being recorded either by scaling the tempo in the tool window or nudging them with Ctrl-left/right.
    • Handling of ReGrooved blocks has been improved.
    • NN-Nano now uses High Quality Interpolation when pitching samples.
    • Converting pattern automation to notes disregarded pattern offsets incorrectly.
    • Automation of aftertouch, expression and breath are now smoothed in Thor.
  • ReFill Packer
    • ReFill Packer will now preserve tempo maps in AIFF and WAV files.
    • The previous version of ReFill Packer didn’t handle files with leading and trailing spaces in their names properly.
    • Better handling of how ReFill Packer works when invoked using non privileged accounts.

Mihai Sorohan Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack, free sample pack

Mihai Sorohan Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack

Mihai Sorohan has released the Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack, a free sample pack in Multisampla and Kontakt formats.

The choir patch was developed by Mihai Sorohan together with Richard Osborn for Mu.Lab Multisampla and Selcuk Bor (from Symphony of Specters) for Kontakt.

Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack features

  • Choir: Citrina – soprano & alto, Jelena – alto, Roman & Dimitri (Timohi) – tenor, JonnyZed – tenor, Mihai – tenor & baritone.
  • Gear used: Microphone – AKG Perception 170, Preamp – Art Tube MP Project Series, Soundcard – M-Audio Audiophile 192.
  • Samples at 32 bit float, 44.1 khz samplerate.

The Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack is available as a free download. Note: The Kontakt files and patches can be found on Symphony of Specters Facebook Page.

More information: Mihai Sorohan / Vowel Ensemble Choir Pack

Mixxx 1.8.0, free DJ software updated

Mixxx, the free, open source software for performing live DJ mixes, was updated to version 1.8.0.

Developed by a diverse community of DJs, Mixxx is a complete replacement for a conventional “turntables and mixer” DJ setup, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Mixxx (Deere skin)
“Deere” skin, new in Mixxx 1.8.0

Changes since Mixxx v1.7.2

  • Looping
    • Loop-in, Loop-out, and Reloop/Exit buttons added to our main skins.
    • Loop point indicators on main waveforms and waveform summary displays.
  • Hot cues
    • Most of our skins gained 4 hot cue buttons, and Mixxx now internally supports up to 32 hot cues per deck.
  • A brand new database-powered library, with:
    • iTunes library and playlists access (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Rhythmbox library and playlists access (Linux)
    • A brand new, faster library scanner
    • Crates!
    • A simple Auto DJ mode, which crossfades to the next track in the Auto DJ queue.
    • Analyze view, which allows you to run bulk BPM detection on your songs
    • Featured Artists bundle (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Revamped Song Properties dialog
    • Re-arrangeable, hide-able columns
  • Tons of new artwork:
    • New Deere, Shade, Phoney, and LateNight skins
    • Better descriptions in tooltips and snazzy new look
  • MIDI
    • New PortMidi-based MIDI device backend, supports using multiple devices at once
    • Timers in the MIDI scripting engine
    • New MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control e2
      • DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter
      • Reloop Digital Jockey2
    • Updated MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control MP3, RMX, MK2
      • Stanton SCS.3d, SCS.3m
      • M-Audio Xponent
      • Behringer BCD3000
      • Vestax VCI-100
      • MixMan DM2
  • Other stuff:
    • A massive rewrite of our internal mixing engine
    • More intelligent disk access to help optimize audio latency
    • Optimized waveform rendering at 30 fps
    • Ramping pitch-bend option, smoothly applies temporary pitch adjustment for nudging
    • Import comment tags from MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC/WAV metadata.
    • New library and preferences icons
    • Improvements to UTF-8 handling
  • Over 50 bug fixes and more!

More information: Mixxx

Avid introduces new Pro Tools Mbox Family, Pro Tools SE, M-Audio MobilePre and Oxygen 88

Avid has introduced a number of new products including the new Pro Tools Mbox family, Pro Tools SE bundles, the M-Audio MobilePre, and the M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller.

Pro Tools Mbox Family: Premium Audio Quality and Third Party DAW Support Provides Customers More Creative Options

Pro Tools Mbox Pro

Designed for musicians and audio engineers looking to turn their Mac or PC into a portable professional recording, mixing and production studio, the third generation of the Pro Tools Mbox family—Pro Tools Mbox Pro, Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini—offers customers premium sound and open workflows with support for the industry’s most popular DAWs.

New Pro Tools Mbox features include:

  • Re-designed hardware with pro features delivering best-in-class audio—Delivers best-in-class audio quality, enabling customers to achieve professional results at home or on the road. Redesigned from the ground up leveraging Avid’s expertise in professional studio gear, the new Pro Tools Mbox family also features several workflow enhancements including: A professional-grade soft clip limiter that improves overall audio quality by letting users capture hotter signals while recording; and a multi-function button allowing Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Pro users to control software parameters without using the computer mouse or keyboard.
  • Freedom and flexibility to compose using Pro Tools LE or your DAW of choice—Gives customers more options to compose, record, edit and mix with seamless support for the industry’s most popular DAWs, including Pro Tools LE®, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Fruity Loops, Steinberg Cubase, and more, ensuring sessions are compatible with studios around the world. New drivers include ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME and multi-client drivers.

Pro Tools Mbox family pricing begins at $399 USD for the Pro Tools Mbox Mini, $679 USD for Pro Tools Mbox and $899 USD for the Pro Tools Mbox Pro. Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini are available worldwide this month. Pro Tools Mbox Pro will be available worldwide in Q4.

Pro Tools SE Family: Music Creation Made Easy for First Time Pro Tools Users and Emerging Artists

For first-time Pro Tools users and emerging artists with an interest in musical composition, editing and production, the new Avid Recording Studio, Avid KeyStudio™ and Avid Vocal Studio systems provide everything needed to easily create and record music at home, including new Pro Tools SE software and proven M-Audio hardware.

With Pro Tools SE software included, the new Pro Tools SE Family serves as an introduction into the world of Pro Tools software by offering the same user interface found in Avid’s professional Pro Tools product line. Now, Pro Tools SE software offers customers groundbreaking music creation capabilities that leverage technology from professional-level Pro Tools products at a fraction of the price with a very intuitive user interface.

Avid KeyStudio, Recording Studio, and Vocal Studio

Pro Tools SE Family

  • Avid KeyStudio—Makes it easy for keyboard players to turn their inspiration into a professional-quality recording with a 49-note, velocity-sensitive M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard and Pro Tools SE music creation software.
  • Avid Recording Studio—Allows customers to capture guitars, instruments and vocals in better than CD quality at 24-bit/48 kHz with Pro Tools SE music creation software and an M-Audio Fast Track® audio interface.
  • Avid Vocal Studio—Enables customers to record vocals for use in songs, soundtracks, podcasts or voice-overs with Pro Tools SE music creation software and the M-Audio Producer USB microphone.

With Pro Tools SE software, users can:

  • Mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks) and use the included pro-quality effects—reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects—to create richly detailed and polished recordings.
  • Use more than 100 different virtual instruments and more than 3 GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas.
  • View integrated, intuitive tutorials that make it easy to learn how to compose, record, edit and mix on the Pro Tools SE platform.
  • Record two instruments at once, and take advantage of built-in composing features including MIDI sequencing and score editing, which provide professional-grade creative solutions to users of every ability level.

Pro Tools SE bundles begin at $99.99 USD for Avid Vocal Studio, $119.99 USD for Avid Recording Studio and $129.99 USD for Avid KeyStudio and will be available in the US this month.

M-Audio MobilePre: Complete Solution Now Includes Easy-to-Use Pro Tools SE Software for Professional Music Production

M-Audio MobilePre

The second-generation MobilePre delivers musicians an easy-to-use, full-featured studio-quality recording, mixing and production solution for use with Mac or PC. Customers can easily record anything from guitar, vocals, keyboards and more directly into their computer, and have the option to compose, record, edit and mix with included Pro Tools SE software, or any of the industry’s most popular DAWs, such as Pro Tools M-Powered™, GarageBand, Apple Logic, Ableton Live and more.

MobilePre is currently available worldwide for $179 USD.

Oxygen 88: New Keyboard Controller Offers Expressive Playing Experience plus Extensive MIDI Control

Ideal for use in the studio or on stage, the new M-Audio Oxygen 88 USB MIDI controller keyboard is designed to satisfy players who need the feel of a piano combined with the power of a modern MIDI controller.

M-Audio Oxygen 88

Oxygen 88 features

  • DirectLink technology—Automatically maps keyboard controls to common mixer and virtual instrument parameters, giving users hands-on control over their mix and their music, without any complicated set up or user configuration required. DirectLink works with popular DAWs, including Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase.
  • 88-note hammer-action keybed—Delivers a musically satisfying playing experience with an authentic piano feel—ideal for playing virtual instruments.
  • 32 assignable buttons, knobs and faders—Offers customers complete control over virtual instrument and DAW parameters. Dedicated Track up/down buttons enable customers to focus on the creative flow of recording and mixing music, rather than going back and forth between QWERTY keyboard and MIDI controller.

Oxygen 88 is available worldwide for $749.95 USD beginning this month.

More information: Avid

Avid introduces M-Audio GSR, active sound reinforcement speaker series

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Avid M-Audio GSR12

Avid has introduced the M-Audio GSR active sound reinforcement speaker series for musicians and DJs who perform in small to mid-sized venues.

Built from the ground up by the same engineering team behind the industry-leading M-Audio studio reference monitor line, the GSR series includes 10” and 12” full-range PA cabinets that deliver exceptional, professional-quality sound and an 18” subwoofer that offers extended bass reproduction for larger venues.

The GSR speakers are ergonomically designed and engineered with lightweight components for maximum portability. The GSR10 250-watt and GSR12 300-watt two-way active PA speakers feature Neodymium magnets in the low-frequency drivers, substantially reducing overall weight to enable easy set-up and transport between venues. The GSR18 500-watt active subwoofer features four locking casters that make it easy for customers to roll the sub into position. All three models are built with lightweight, ultra-efficient Class D amplifiers, which provide sustained high-output levels with minimum distortion and extremely low heat, so customers will experience clear, even sound through extended periods of use.

Additional features include

  • Four EQ presets designed for multiple applications—Allow customers to optimize the GSR10 and GSR12 to meet the needs of any sound setting, including DJ, live performance, music playback and public address. Variable low-frequency crossover functionality in the GSR18 enables customers to easily tune the subwoofer for use with GSR10 and GSR12 full-range speakers, or any other full-range speaker, for flat frequency response.
  • Expansive, professional-quality sound—Provide wide dispersion and excellent off-axis response for balanced sound throughout any venue with exclusive OptImage wave guide technology in the GSR10 and GSR12 models.
  • Flexible set-up options—Deliver broad sound coverage in any venue by allowing customers to position the GSR10 and GSR12 from built-in 1.4” pole mounts, suspend them from M10 integrated fly-points, or stack and lock identical units on top of each other for optimal placement. The GSR18 features an integrated 1.4” speaker stand receptacle for added versatility, allowing customers to save space by conveniently securing a speaker above the subwoofer.

The GSR10 is available in certain regions worldwide beginning September 13 for $499 USMSRP. The GSR12 is available worldwide September 10 for $629 USMSRP, and the GSR18 is available worldwide beginning November 1 for $999 USMSRP.

More information: Avid / M-Audio GSR