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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2

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Native Instruments has announced the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, a new version of the compact and highly popular decks and effects controller.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1

With the same size and robust product design as the original controller, the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with TRAKTOR PRO, KONTROL X1 MK2 delivers plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 freely assignable TRAKTOR FX units – with or without the use of turntables or CDJs.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 allows direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. This allows fast and fluid cue point juggling and effects looping without the worry of losing phase or sync during performance. Quality RGB back-lit buttons, LED, and 7-segment displays provide precise visual feedback even in the darkest conditions. The effects section features 8 high-resolution potentiometers with buttons to match, and allows simultaneous control of all parameters on two (three in chained mode) TRAKTOR effects units.

The most significant new addition is a multi-purpose touch strip that delivers physical command over track position, pitch bend, and effects. Actions such as nudging, needle dropping, track seeking or setting loop length are now possible through simple finger swiping for customizable tactile control over these parameters in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Equally powerful with an all-digital DJ setup or in combination with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2, the touch strip relieves the need to manually adjust turntables or CDJs. LED indicators help DJs keep track of the assigned parameter without having to look at the computer screen.

The new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 hardware now provides even more dedicated control over TRAKTOR PRO 2. Advanced Browse and Loop encoders respond to touch, providing direct access to different views and functions in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Touching the Browse encoder automatically switches to the full-sized Browser view, while touching the Loop encoders instantly activates key change and tempo. Furthermore, the touch strip also interprets deck functions based on status. When playback is stopped, the strip is assigned to track seeking or needle dropping. When playback is enabled, pitch bend becomes active.

Designed with premium-grade materials, the sleek new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is both robust and compact, offering DJs an effective and creative one-stop solution in any setting. The supplementary TRAKTOR KONTROL STAND is also available separately and elevates the unit to standard mixer height.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $229 USD/199 EUR. It is available to pre-order now. All X1 customers receive a personal $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher delivered by email upon registration of the X1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol X1

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Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 mixer & audio interface

Native Instruments has announced the release of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface for both TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone and iPad, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ app, the sleek Z1 adds headphone cue and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iOS setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly mobile mixing interface for situations where compact size and professional performance features are essential.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the ultra-compact 2-channel mixer, controller, and soundcard for TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

Building on the overwhelming success of the TRAKTOR DJ app, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now offers TRAKTOR DJ users additional physical control that complements the touchscreen. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also provides a full-fledged 2-channel mixing interface, software controller, and an integrated 24-bit soundcard. All faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ are automatically mapped and synced to TRAKTOR DJ, giving DJs hands-on, physical control over their iPad or iPhone setups. The Z1’s cue section introduces channel headphone monitoring to iOS setups, allowing for track pre-listening. The 24-bit integrated soundcard delivers quality club-level sound without the need for an additional audio interface. When in use, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the iOS device charged, assuring DJs hours of stability and performance.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR means DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. Combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 comes with software and license for TRAKTOR LE 2 and connects to iPad and iPhone with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 or later requires a Lightning adapter sold separately.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is available to purchase for $199 USD/199 EUR. All Z1 customers receive a personal $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher. This is delivered by email upon registration of the Z1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

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mikrosonic releases RD4 – Groovebox v2.0 for Android

mikrosonic has launched version 2.0 of RD4 – Groovebox, a music creation app for Android devices that combines two virtual analog synthesizers, a beat section with drum kits from classic drum machines and free assignable audio effects.

The new version comes with a new synth called Analog modeled after legendary monophonic synths of the ’70s. The new synth has a piano roll and the user can also record notes in real-time with the virtual keyboard. The app supports low audio latency on specific Android devices.

The app has now a 4 channel mixer and the user can choose individually for each channel between the Analog, the Bassline and the drum machine.

Changes in RD4 Groovebox v2.0

  • Completely overhauled version.
  • App is now called RD4.
  • New graphical interface.
  • New virtual analog synthesizer with piano roll.
  • 4-channel rack mixer.
  • Instrument selection for each channel.
  • Support for Full HD displays (Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, HTC Butterfly, Samsung Galaxy S4).
  • Live recording with a virtual keyboard (Analog synthesizer).
  • Piano roll editor with Transpose Pattern, Shift Sequence and Quantize.
  • New pattern and bank structure, 2 banks with up to 8 bars.
  • New playmodes.

The RD4 Groovebox app for Android is available to purchase for $5.99 USD. A free demo version with some limitations is available to download at Google Play.

More information: mikrosonic / RD4 – Groovebox

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Kevin Kripper releases Ultimate Mixer for Ableton Live & Max For Live

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Kevin Kripper Ultimate Mixer

Kevin Kripper has released Ultimate Mixer, a mixer software for use in Ableton Live with Max For Live.

Ultimate Mixer is THE floating Mixer for Ableton Live…what was missing to complete it! It is built 100% in Max MSP and it works with both Live 8 and 9 (Max 6).

Ultimate Mixer features

  • Stretchable channels.
  • Live’s skins adaptable.
  • Change the name and color of each track.
  • Inserts display.
  • Sends control.
  • I-O & Monitor control.
  • Add tracks (up to 50) and returns.
  • Stay-on-top.
  • Auto-resize depending on window size.
  • MIDI & Key Mapping.

Ultimate Mixer is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Ultimate Mixer

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Steinberg updates Cubasis for iPad to v1.3

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Steinberg Cubasis for iPad

Steinberg has released version 1.3 of its Cubasis for iPad music app.

Cubasis is Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. You can also open your Cubasis projects in Cubase under Windows and OS X! Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.

Changes in Cubasis for iPad v1.3

  • 2 new plug-ins: 4 band parametric StudioEQ and Brickwall limiter.
  • Now you can use up to 4 inserts per track.
  • FLAC file import and export.
  • Cubasis can be set as an input and output simultaneously in Cubasis.
  • CPU meter.
  • Polyphony meter.
  • MIDI panic button.
  • Many user reported problems solved.

Cubasis for iPad costs $49.99 USD. Previous customers can download the update free of charge from the App Store.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis for iPad

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Solid State Logic intros SSL Live, Bus Comp 500 Module & Sigma

Solid State Logic has introduced the SSL Live, Bus Comp 500 Module and Sigma at the Musikmesse Prolight + Sound 2013.

SSL Live
The SSL Live sports an “up close and personal” control surface.

The ‘Live’ brings SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for the stage. SSL has been at the leading edge of analogue and digital audio console innovation for over 35 years.

Like so many multi award winning, ground breaking and much loved consoles for Music, Broadcast and Post production SSL has created through the decades, Live promises to bring something very special to the party.

Live is due to ship in September 2013.

The SSL Stereo Bus Compressor for 500 format modular racks is now available.

SSL Stereo Bus Comp 500

Often imitated but never equalled, the centre section compressor from the 1980’s G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. To this day it remains a key element of the SSL sound and has featured on countless classic recordings.

The availability of the Stereo Bus Compressor in a module for the 500 format makes this essential audio production tool available to users of the popular API 500 format modular rack platform.

The Bus Comp 500 Module is available to purchase from SSL Resellers worldwide, priced at £1329 GBP / $2299 USD / 1679 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

Solid State Logic’s Sigma is a remote controlled analogue mix engine.

Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma is a unique analogue mix engine in a 2U rack unit, that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet using a DAW or an iDevice compatible software interface.

SSL Sigma

Using proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in our Duality and AWS studio consoles, Sigma’s 100% analogue summing engine can be driven by automation data created within your DAW of choice. Sigma features 16 flexible input channels which can be individually switched between being mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown. There is accurate front panel LED metering for all channels. There are two stereo mix busses with dedicated outputs for convenient printing of stems back to the DAW and individual stereo insert points to facilitate implementation of parallel compression. Each input channel also features an individual direct output. Mix Bus B can also be injected into Mix Bus A for final mixdown.

An Artist and Studio monitoring section provides a Monitor and Headphone output. The Main monitor output has Main and Alternative connections to accommodate 2 sets of monitors. A comprehensive switching matrix enables selection of your monitor source. A large front panel rotary control uses a push-select mechanism to determine whether it adjusts Mix A, Mix B, Main Monitor or Headphone levels. There is also a Talkback input with adjustable Dim level. Control and switching of a wide range of functions including; monitor level and source, inserts, talkback, sum B>A and mono check, can all be achieved using any standard MIDI hardware control surface. A MIDI learn feature makes setup simple and easy. A pair of user assignable dual action push/hold buttons on the front panel or a foot-switch can also be assigned to the same collection of switching functions.

The Sigma is expected to ship in August 2013, priced at £2799 GBP / $4499 USD / 3359 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

More information: Solid State Logic

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Softube launches Console 1 mixing solution

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Softube has introduced Console 1, an integrated hardware/software music mixing solution.

Softube Console 1
The hardware controller of Softube’s Console 1 mixing solution.

Sound. Workflow. Control. Softube Console 1 is an integrated hardware/software music mixing solution which includes a rugged hardware controller and a modeled analog console channel with some unique additions.

Use the system with any major DAW and enjoy the biggest advantages from digital and analog mixing environments—plus a few new ones.

Softube UK 4k for Console 1
The UK 4k for Console 1, a brand new Softube model of a mixer channel from a classic large-frame British console from the late 1970′s.

Console 1 features

  • Integrated hardware/software music mixing solution.
  • World-class analog channel simulation.
  • Softube’s new modeled analog mixer is included, UK 4k for Console 1.
  • Hands-on control and intuitive workflow.
  • Use with any DAW.
  • Four-band equalizer, compressor, emulated analog console saturation and unique Dynamic Shaper.
  • Built-in sidechain and parallel compression with all Softube compressors.
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube plug-in.

Console 1 will initially be available for Mac OS X. It is scheduled to be released after the summer of 2013.

More information: Softube / Console 1

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10 Soundware releases Mixer Feedback model Y MM30 K Kontakt Instruments

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Mixer Feedback model Y MM30 K

10 Soundware has announced Mixer Feedback model Y MM30 K, a sound set for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

Designed by Taichi Furudate, these patches are based on audio captured from a no-input mixer, an instrument contrived by connecting the output of an audio mixer with its input to incite feedback. The third in a series of four titles, each centered on a different mixer, this release features a four channel model, circa 1980’s, by a Japanese manufacturer.

The timbres generated by the mixer used in Mixer Feedback model Y MM30 K can be described as “smooth, clean and glossy”, according to Taichi Furudate. He also adds that the direct outputs, which are unaffected by the master section graphic equalizer, allow for complex routings, highlighting its suitability as a no-input mixer. Another feature of this particular model is an onboard echo effects unit the manufacturer peculiarly refers to as the “Bucket Brigade Delay” (“BBD”), the sound of which he characterizes as “retro and lofi like early tape music”. Its plastic casing and its light weight, as well as the fact that it was purchased for 500 Japanese yen (roughly $6) in 2010, coupled with its set of features and “smooth, clean and glossy” sound may indicate that the model was presumably inexpensive, yet offered desirable value for the money in its time.

The 41.5 MB download includes 50 .nki files and 160 WAV files (24-bit/44.1 kHz).

The sound library is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: 10 Soundware

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