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Sontronics launches Summer Promotion – Free STC-10 with STC-3X PACK

Sontronics Summer Promotion

British microphone brand Sontronics has teamed up with a handful of specialist Sontronics dealers in the UK to offer a fantastic summer promotion with the chance to get two pro-studio-quality condenser mics for the price of one.

Anyone buying a Sontronics STC-3X PACK, comprising the best-selling three-pattern, large-diaphragm STC-3X mic plus accessories, from a participating store will automatically receive a FREE Sontronics STC-10 pencil condenser mic, worth £95 (UK RRP) totally FREE!

This means that for just £239 you’ll get a fully rounded recording package, ideal for singer/songwriters, home set-ups, professional studios or voiceover artists, that includes the following:

  • Sontronics STC-3X three-pattern (omni, cardioid, figure-of-eight), large-diaphragm condenser mic with three-stage filter and three-stage pad controls, available in silver or black. It’s ideal for recording vocals, spoken word, acoustic guitar, piano, drums, podcasting, overhead and more!
  • FREE recording accessories as part of the STC-3X PACK: spider-style shockmount, double-layer nylon-mesh popshield, 5-metre XLR cable and handy zip-up mic pouch
  • FREE Sontronics STC-10 pencil-style cardioid condenser mic with two-stage filer and two-stage pad controls, mic mount and foam windshield, perfect for direct-miking acoustic guitar, solo woodwind or strings, drums, percussion, video and film work
  • FREE downloads of Toontrack’s award-winning EZMix 2 Lite and Ezdrummer Lite software
  • FREE Lifetime Warranty for both STC-3X and STC-10 mics

As Sontronics founder and mic designer, Trevor Coley, admits, this is a amazing giveaway that shouldn’t be missed: “Both the STC-3X PACK and the STC-10 are brilliantly versatile mics, and our users constantly tell us how they give results that compare with those of mics that cost many times more, and now you can get both for the price of the STC-3X PACK. Our Sontronics brand wouldn’t be here without the people who buy, use and love our mics, so this is our chance to give something back to all of you… for free!”

The sale ends September 30th, 2013. Current participating stockists include: Absolute Music, GuitarGuitar, Rubadub, Production Room and Westend Production.

More information: Sontronics

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Accusonus announces Drumatom microphone leakage suppression tool for Mac

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Accusonus Drumatom

Accusonus has announced Drumatom, the world’s first drum leakage suppression tool for Mac.

Drumatom employs a patent-pending algorithm, based on the general family of BSS (Blind Source Separation) techniques, in order to transparently reduce microphone leakage in multichannel drum recordings. The method used is the outcome of many years of research and development and aims to offer a fresh take on solving the “drum spill” issue, by providing superior results without the artifacts typically associated with traditional time-domain tools (such as gates).

The full feature set will be announced in the near future, along with a public beta program.

Drumatom is scheduled for release in September 2013.

More information: Drumatom

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Sennheiser launches DrumMic`a free virtual drum instrument for Kontakt Player

Sennheiser  DrumMic`a

Sennheiser has introduced DrumMic`a, a free virtual drum instrument powered by Kontakt Player.

DrumMic`a! ist ein extrem aufwändig produziertes, virtuelles Instrument für den KONTAKT 5 PLAYER von Native Instruments und besteht u. a. aus mehr als 13.000 Audio-Samples und ca. 40.000 Zeilen Programmcode. 15 Sennheiser und Neumann-Mikrofone an einem amtlichen Drum-Set, aufgenommen in einem reellen, professionellen Studio, nachzubearbeiten durch das integrierte Software-Studio. Sowie ca. 1370 stilechte Beats, eingespielt von einem leibhaftigen Profi-Drummer.

Das Besondere daran: DrumMic`a! lässt sich in nahezu jede digitale Audio Workstation und somit auch für eigene Produktionen verwenden. Und das Beste: Sennheiser und Neumann bieten die Software im Rahmen einer Freeware-Lizenz an, d. h. die Nutzung ist nach der Eingabe eines kostenlosen Registrierungscodes unlimitiert!

The DrumMic`a library is a free download. Free registration is required for unlimited use.

More information: Sennheiser

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Line 6 announces Relay V75-SC Super-Cardioid Microphone/Transmitter + Digital Wireless Lineup updated

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Line 6 has announced its new Relay V75-SC, a 14-channel digital wireless handheld microphone/transmitter with super-cardioid dynamic capsule.

Line 6 Relay V75-SC
Designed for use with the XD-V75 digital wireless system, Relay V75-SC isolates vocals while rejecting stage noise, resulting in supreme vocal clarity and articulation.

V75-SC is the first Line 6 vocal wireless solution to be released under the Relay brand. XD-V75, XD-V55 and XD-V35 vocal wireless systems will also join G-series instrument wireless solutions as part of the industry-standard Relay family—giving musicians a single source for the best-sounding, most reliable wireless in the industry.

“Discerning vocalists require a microphone that delivers pristine sound quality, even on loud or crowded stages,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “Relay V75-SC features a super-cardioid polar pattern that delivers excellent on-axis response while preventing feedback and bleed-in from other instruments—giving vocalists the confidence they need to deliver their best performances.”

Featuring 24-bit audio quality, 10Hz to 20kHz frequency response and a wide dynamic range of up to 118dB (A weighted), the Relay V75-SC signal is so clear and strong that it sounds and performs like a wired microphone. Thanks to compander-free Line 6® digital wireless technology, Relay V75-SC allows vocalists to convey every nuance of their performances to the audience with crystal clarity.

Relay V75-SC also offers four exceptional microphone models—including three based on the world’s most celebrated super-cardioid live mics—allowing vocalists to choose the perfect sound to match their voice, performance style and venue.

Relay V75-SC is a durable, dependable microphone transmitter designed to provide reliable performance night after night. The rugged metal body is engineered to withstand the elements and minimize handling noise. A custom hard-shell touring case with soft inner padding protects Relay V75-SC while traveling.

The Relay V75-SC is now shipping.

Line6 has also announced updates to its XD-V55HS, Relay G90, Relay G50 and Relay G30 digital wireless systems.

The XD-V55HS digital wireless system is now available with a tan headset option (in addition to black), allowing performers and spoken word presenters to choose the finish that’s right for them.

The free v2.0 firmware update for Relay G90, Relay G50 and Relay G30 guitar wireless systems allows guitarists to switch between RF1 and RF2 operating modes, enabling compatibility with other RF2 devices such as the Line 6 XD-V series. Additionally, RF2 operating mode enables 14-channel operation for the Relay G90 system, and reduces impact on other devices operating in the 2.4GHz space.

More information: Line 6 / Relay V75-SC

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Shure BLX Wireless Systems now shipping

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Shure BLX

Shure has announced that its BLX Wireless Systems are now shipping.

Offering world-class design and rugged construction, the easy-to-use BLX Wireless Systems couple high-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface. The BLX series is ready to take from box to stage, creating an optimal solution for musicians, singers, and presenters who want the best in professional wireless products at an affordable price.

Within the variety of receiver options available, the new BLX Wireless Systems include a half-rack size for installed applications. The BLX series makes it easier than ever to unplug from wired microphones, achieve uncompromised high quality sound, and enjoy freedom of movement on stage. When users are working in complex environments, RF interference can be avoided with Shure’s one-touch QuickScan frequency scanning feature, which quickly locates the best open frequency channel.

With a 300-foot performance range and up to 14 hours of battery life, performers and engineers can rely on the system for extended use. Powered by two AA batteries, systems are available in a wide offering of bodypack and handheld configurations with multiple handheld, lavalier, instrument, and headset microphone choices.

“BLX is about making great performance available to everyone. BLX audio is engineered to match the tailored, refined sound of Shure’s high-end analog wireless systems, and it includes significant improvements in wireless stability,” said Erik Vaveris, Category Director for Wireless Products at Shure. “BLX also offers a choice in receiver form factors. The lightweight and ultra-portable BLX4 and BLX88 are perfect for musicians on-the-go. The BLX4R uses Shure’s durable half-rack chassis with removable antennas and includes everything you need to install it in an equipment rack.”

The BLX Wireless systems are available through authorized Shure resellers in numerous configurations with a wide range of Shure microphone options. Pricing begins at $374 MSRP/$299 MAP.

More information: Shure / BLX Wireless Systems

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Universal Audio releases Ocean Way Studios Dynamic Room Modeling Plug-In

Universal Audio has announced the release of the Ocean Way Studios plug-in for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios
Developed over a three-year period by UA and Allen Sides, Ocean Way Studios is an audio processing first — combining elements of room, microphone, and source modeling so tracks sound as if they were recorded in the legendary studios of Ocean Way Recording.

Built upon UA’s proprietary new Dynamic Room Modeling, Ocean Way Studios provides the unique ambience and dispersion properties of various sources in the rooms at Ocean Way, as recorded through a selection of rare vintage microphones that can be dynamically positioned in real time via a simple click-and-drag interface. Ideal mic selections and placements are provided in both Ocean Way Recording’s “Studio A” and “Studio B” — the exact rooms and setups used to record some of the biggest acts of all time.

“Ocean Way Studios is one of the most ambitious projects in UA history,” explains Bill Putnam, Jr., UA founder and CEO. “We’re going far beyond previous convolution technologies to provide the complex interactions between room, source, and microphones — the things that make the acoustics at studios like Ocean Way Recording so special.”

The beautifully balanced, performance-inspiring rooms of Ocean Way Recording have shaped the sound of countless classic records, from Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles to Michael Jackson and Radiohead. The man at the helm of Ocean Way Recording for more than two decades, Allen Sides, provided guidance, sonic tuning — and access to his $250,000 collection of vintage microphones — throughout the Ocean Way Studios design process.

“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in comes as close to pulling up a set of my favorite mics at Ocean Way as I could imagine,” said Allen Sides. “The speed at which I can use this in a mixing configuration is ridiculous, and the results are stunning.”

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In features

  • Breakthrough acoustic emulations of Ocean Way Recording’s legendary Studio A and Studio B.
  • Dynamic Room Modeling combines room, microphone, and source models for unprecedented realism.
  • Incorporates sonic profiles of vintage microphones from Allen Side’s world-renowned collection.
  • Includes mic bleed and mic proximity effects for stunning accuracy.
  • Choose from eight instrument / vocal source types with unique dispersion patterns.
  • Position and blend between three vintage mic pairs (Near / Mid / Far) in real time.
  • Use in “Reverb” mode, mixing wet and dry signal; or “Re-Mic” mode, replacing your original room and mic sounds altogether.
  • Preset mic selections, placements and creative direction by Ocean Way’s Allen Sides.

The Ocean Way Studios Plug-In is available to purchase for $349 USD as part of UAD Software v7.0.

More information: Universal Audio / Ocean Way Studios

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Shure announces spring rebates for Beta microphones

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Shure has announced it is offering spring rebates of up to $60 USD back on select Beta microphones.

Shure Beta Mic Rebates

Customers who purchase the microphones between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013, are eligible for the rebate.

Also included in the promotion is Shure’s DMK 57-52 universal drum microphone kit, which comes with three SM57 instrument microphones, and one Beta 52®A kick drum microphone.

All claims must be postmarked by July 31, 2013, and received no later than August 15, 2013.

More information: Shure / Spring rebates

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