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Tracktion 4 – Popular, single-screen DAW gains Universal compatibility

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Tracktion Software Corporation has announced the release of Tracktion 4, the latest version of the digital audio workstation (DAW) platform the company purchased from LOUD Technologies in 2012.

Tracktion 4
The highly intuitive software program features a single-screen user interface and drag-and-drop functionality to simplify complex digital recording, editing and mixing tasks.

Originally created by developer Julian Storer, Tracktion debuted in 2002 to instant acclaim. It was acquired by Mackie Designs, later LOUD Technologies, in 2003 and updated twice prior to 2009. A lack of further updates or communication regarding Tracktion led many in the platform’s large and vocal user base to assume it had been discontinued. However, Storer teamed up with ex-Mackie employees (Mackoids) James ‘Woody’ Woodburn and Dave Christenson to form TSC with the specific goal of reviving and advancing the unique Tracktion brand.

Tracktion 4 (T4) features the same operational characteristics as the original program but with an entirely new audio engine. This progression is intended not only to make T4 compatible with all the latest operating systems, plug-in and controller technology, but also to create a modern platform for further development. TSC is dedicated to the continued evolution of the product.

To be specific, T4 provides support for OSX Mountain Lion to take advantage of Apple’s very latest hardware and operating systems. It also provides support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 & 8. Apple Audio Unit (AU) is supported to open a new world of effects and instruments for Tracktion users and the latest generation audio codec from Microsoft, Windows Media Audio (WMA) is also supported.

Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) is included for optimized audio data management between applications. There is also support for 64bit Mac and PC operating systems so Tracktion can squeeze the highest performance out of current computer resources.

Trackion 4 is available to purchase for $59.95 USD for new customers and $29.95 USD for upgrades. As of January 24th, customers purchasing a new Mackie product that includes Tracktion can download Tracktion 4 immediately.

More information: Tracktion

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Mackie announces DL1608 live sound mixer with iPad control

Mackie has introduced the DL1608, a 16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad control.

Mackie DL1608

The Mackie DL1608™ redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad.®

With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue. This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more.

The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPads. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.

DL1608 features

  • Proven Hardware That Sounds Great
    • 16 Onyx mic preamps
    • High-end Cirrus Logic® converters
    • Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
    • 6 aux sends for monitor mixes
    • Master L/R output for mains
  • Tons of Built-In Processing
    • Powerful, touch-sensitive plug-ins
    • 4-band EQ, gate and compression on inputs
    • 31-band GEQ and comp/limiter on outputs
    • Global reverb and delay
  • Wireless Mixing
    • Seamless wired to wireless mixing
    • Tune the room from anywhere
    • Get on stage to ring out monitors
    • Personal monitor mixing
    • Use up to 10 iPad devices simultaneously
  • Total Control from Your iPad
    • Intuitive Master Fader app
    • “Grow and Glow” visual feedback
    • Preset and snapshot recall
    • Record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing
    • Integrate music from any app into the mix
  • Install Friendly Features
    • PadLock™ feature locks down iPad for permanent installs
    • Industry standard Kensington lock secures mixer
    • Compact footprint saves precious workspace
      • 15.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.9″
      • 6.9 lbs / 3.2 kg

More information: Mackie / DL1608

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Akai Professional intros MAX49 MIDI/CV controller

Akai Professional has introduced the MAX49, a new controller which places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips.

With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins.

From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

Akai MAX49

MAX49 features

  • 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression.
  • Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction.
  • Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls.
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins.
  • 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing.
  • Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes.
  • Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders.
  • CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct).
  • Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels.
  • Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs.

More information: Akai Pro / MAX49

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Mackie announces Thump TH-12A, ultra-compact loudspeaker

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Mackie TH-12A

Mackie has announced the Thump TH-12A, an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers.

Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

Thump TH-12A features

  • 400W of ultra-efficient Fast Recovery™ amplification
    • LF 300W peak power (Class-D)
    • HF 100W peak power (Class A/B)
  • High-output transducers
    • 12″ or 15″ high-precision woofer
    • 1” compression driver
  • Mackie Active electronics provide total system optimization
    • Precision 2-way crossover.
    • Transducer time-alignment.
  • User-adjustable 3-band contour EQ with sweepable mid-frequency.
  • Mic/Line input for direct connection of single microphone.
  • Tough, impact-resistant polypropylene enclosure.
  • Pole-mountable and floor wedge-able.
  • Extremely lightweight and portable.

The TH-12A will be available worldwide in Q1, 2011, priced at a U.S. MSRP of $389.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / TH-12A

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Korg announces nanoSERIES2, Slim-line USB-MIDI Controllers

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Korg has announced the nanoSERIES2, the next generation of slim-line USB-MIDI controllers.

Compact and convenient, with serious functionality and features, nanoSERIES2 incorporates many user-requested enhancements and offers them up in the same ultra-slim casing as the original nanoSERIES. The size and color of the entire series nicely matches a laptop computer. Available in both white and black, the new units – the nanoKEY2, nanoPAD2 and nanoKONTROL2 – are an ideal choice in portable control for laptop musicians, DJs, remixers and anyone who wants to make music with their Mac or PC. All three units are also a perfect addition to Korg’s 37-note microKEY USB MIDI keyboard.

Korg nanoKEY2

The nanoKEY2 is a 25-note keyboard controller for creating songs, featuring a separate-type keybed (modeled after that of a Macbook®) to ensure precise, reliable recording, as well as a damper button offering sustain on the fly. It is designed with ample key width for maximum playability. Control buttons allow simple yet versatile control. Included are octave shift buttons, which, when used in conjunction with the key transpose function, cover the entire range of notes in the MIDI specification. Also featured are pitch bend buttons and an assignable modulation button.

Korg nanoPAD2

The nanoPAD2 is an ideal choice for inputting drum parts; it also boasts new functionality that lets users record using the X-Y pad, just as on Korg’s Kaossilator Pro. Enhancements include four more pads (16 to the original nanoPAD’s 12) and Kaossilator gate arpeggio patterns built into the X/Y control pad, letting users play MIDI arpeggios. The velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to users’ fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to a sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that drum parts will be full of life. Chords can also be assigned to the trigger pads to use them to perform a chord track.

Korg nanoKONTROL2

The nanoKONTROL2 is perfect for controlling a wide variety software titles including the most popular DAW programs. Perfectly-sized to place in front of a notebook computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers needed to control music software, plus a set of transport buttons. A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record (or whatever the user specifies). Also featured is improved transport control with Mackie® HUI protocol built in (a feature previously only offered on controllers of a higher price point, bringing this protocol to the most accessible price point ever).

All three nanoSERIES2 products can be further customized using the included Korg Kontrol Editor software, featuring single-cable USB bus-powered operation– Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

More information: Korg / nanoSERIES2

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Mackie redesigns MRmk2 Reference Monitors

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Mackie MR5mk2 / MR8mk2

Mackie has announced a complete redesign of the MRmk2, its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors.

Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie product manager, Matt Redmon. “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification. Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback. The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

More information: Mackie / MRmk2

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Eyosido releases eyoControl, MIDI controllers for iPad

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Eyosido eyoControl

Eyosido has released eyoControl, a set of MIDI controllers for iPad.

eyoControl lets you control your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software from your iPad in various ways, such as a control surface or a virtual instrument.

eyoControl communicates with your DAW through the dedicated eyoControl Server running on a laptop or desktop Mac computer. The eyoControl Server lets you connect multiple iPads running eyoControl to play virtual instruments alltogether on the same DAW. eyoControl supports most DAW software such as Logic, Cubase… Check the blog for news about eyoControl.

eyoControl features

  • Surface: a control surface supporting the Mackie Control protocol. Surface presents a traditional Mixer view with per-track buttons/knobs/faders, and a Panel View with quick access to the status of 64 tracks. Supports major DAW such as Logic, Cubase…
  • Pad: a 4/6/8/12-pads MIDI controller with tap-location sensitive (controls MIDI note velocity) pads suitable to play drum parts. Each pad has a configurable color/MIDI channel/note. A global velocity slider adds up to the velocity control of each pad.
  • Keys: a dual keyboard MIDI controller with separate MIDI channels assignable per keyboard. Choose among three key widths per keyboard, and customize key colors. A global velocity slider controls note velocity.
  • …and more controllers to come in future versions!

eyoControl is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $6.99 USD.

More information: Eyosido

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OneLeaf Software GenMce – Redux, Generic Mackie Control Emulator

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OneLeaf Software has released version 0.8.6 of GenMce – Redux, a Generic Mackie Control Emulator for Windows.

It translates your (hardware) midi controller, into an approximation of the mixer section of a Mackie Control Universal. (mcu)

It is designed to allow you to use your midi controller to it’s maximum potential in your audio, and possibly video creative projects without having to reprogram your controller.

OneLeaf Software GenMce - Redux
GenMce – Redux, MIDI translator for Windows

GenMce – Redux features

  • It works in banks of 8 tracks – as many as you have.
  • For each track you get
    • pans
    • sends
    • plugin / EQ / returns (depends on host/daw)
    • mute/solo/arm/ (multifunction mutes – see manual)
    • Channel select and vpot select
    • fader plus a jog wheel as well as some specific daw commands like punch in/out – bank up and down.
  • LCD display emulation.
  • Fader feedback.
  • Fader scaling to match a fixed end controller.
  • Multifunction Mutes – triggered from your midi controller using cc’s/notes or hotkeys.
  • Ability to use computer keyboard hotkeys to trigger multifunction mutes and other commands.
  • Modular – meaning you can disable sections and have controller data pass through if needed.
  • Autodaw detection for Cubase/Live/Reaper/Sonar*/Adobe Audition*, and possibly others (* not verified).
  • Jog Wheel – from a midi controller AND mouse wheel.
  • Lower cpu load and smaller file size than GenMce 1.632.

GenMce – Redux for Windows is available to download at no cost. A Reaper specific version .88 is available as well. Donations are appreciated.

More information: OneLeaf Software

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