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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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PreSonus offers free PRM1 reference mic with StudioLive 24.4.2

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PreSonus PRM1

PreSonus has announced it is offering a free PRM1 reference microphone with a purchase of the StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer with Smaart.

We’re celebrating the release of PreSonus® Universal Control 1.7 with integrated Rational Acoustics Smaart® audio-analysis and optimization software – and we want to spread the good cheer! So if you buy a StudioLive™ 24.4.2 digital mixer between March 1 and May 31, 2013, you’ll not only get a great mixer and software bundle – including Universal Control 1.7 with Smaart – you will also get a free PreSonus PRM1 precision reference microphone!

Smaart Measurement Technology™ provides a spectrograph and real-time analyzer (RTA) that let you see, graphically, what’s going on in your mix and quickly fix frequency problems and squelch feedback. But that’s just the beginning. The new Universal Control 1.7 adds three amazing Smaart wizards that make it easy to view the frequency response of a venue, quickly calculate and set delay-system timing, and verify output connectivity. Now you can quickly tune your PA to whatever venue you’re in-no engineering degree required!

To use these new wizards, you’ll need a reference, or “measurement,” microphone like the PRM1 – a super clean, omnidirectional mic with a flat frequency response for capturing the sound in the room as accurately as possible.

Until May 31, the purchase of a StudioLive 24.4.2 comes with a free PRM1 reference mic ($129 USD value). This offer is valid at all U.S. PreSonus dealers and at dealers in several other nations. Customers outside of the U.S. should check with their local dealers to find out whether they are participating.

More information: PreSonus

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IK Multimedia announces iRig BlueBoard

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig BlueBoard, the first Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Winner of the iLounge “Best in Show” at the recent CES, iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac, which gives you: the guitarists, bassists and keyboard players hands-free control of mobile and Mac music apps.

IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoard is a great addition to any mobile or studio rig for live performance and recording. You can use it to extend control of your preferred music apps by switching presets, changing sounds or modifying effects parameters – all hands-free. You don’t have to put down your instrument, and can remain focused on your performance.

Any music app or software that is MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments) – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand – or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be operated wirelessly with iRig BlueBoard.

This ultra-portable unit uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external pedals to the mobile device or Mac. Then using the included iRig BlueBoard app and software, the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that’s running on the device.

Because it’s wireless, iRig BlueBoard lets you setup onstage without being tethered to your mobile device. The unit’s range is 10 meters (over 32 feet), giving musicians a great deal of mobility to roam the stage that would be impossible with a wired unit. Because the footswitches are backlit, they’re easy to see in all lighting conditions, even on a dark stage. Additionally, the fact that iRig uses wireless Bluetooth leaves all the wired ports of the device free, so they can be used simultaneously by interfaces or controllers that feature the 30-pin or Lightning connector, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig MIDI or iRig Keyboard, and adapters or microphones that use the device mini-jack such as iRig or iRig MIC.

iRig BlueBoard features

  • Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
  • 4 backlit switches for sending program, bank and other MIDI messages.
  • 2 1/4″ inputs for optional expression pedals or switches that can used for sending continuous controller or on/off messages.
  • BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
  • Runs on standard AAA batteries.
  • Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.

iRig BlueBoard is priced at $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR MSRP (excl. tax), and will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig BlueBoard

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Shure introduces BLX & GLX-D Wireless Systems

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Shure has introduced BLX Wireless Systems, combining world-class design and construction with easy setup and operation for reliable wireless performance, and GLX-D Wireless Systems, new groundbreaking wireless products that combine the revolutionary technology of LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management with best-in-class intelligent lithium-ion battery rechargeability, world-renowned microphones, and unparalleled construction.

Shure BLX

The new BLX Wireless Systems come in a variety of receiver options, including a half-rack size for installed applications. BLX systems perform right out of the box, a direct solution for individuals who want the benefits of wireless systems without the set-up obstacles. With the BLX series, it’s now easier than ever to unplug from wired microphones, achieve uncompromised high quality sound, and enjoy freedom of movement on stage. For complex environments, RF interference can be avoided with Shure’s one-touch QuickScan frequency scanning feature, which quickly locates the best open frequency channel.

Shure’s BLX Wireless Systems prices begin at $374 USD MSRP/$299 USD MAP and will be available in mid-2013.

Shure GLX-D

Operating in the 2.4GHz frequency band, GLX-D Digital Wireless Systems are the first from Shure to offer the enhanced performance of LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management.
GLX-D analyzes the RF spectrum, determines the best available frequencies, and automatically deploys frequencies to the transmitter and receiver. Additionally, in the presence of RF interference, the GLX-D receiver and transmitter will seamlessly move together to clean frequencies with no audio signal interruption.

Shure GLX-D Wireless Systems prices begin at $561 USD MSRP/$449 USD MAP and will be available in mid-2013.

More information: Shure

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