PreSonus intros StudioLive 64AI & 48AI Mix Systems

PreSonus has announced two new StudioLive AI Mix Systems that deliver large-format channel counts, recording, powerful DSP, and more for under $7,000.

PreSonus StudioLive AI Mix Systems

Available in 48- and 64-channel frame sizes, StudioLive AI Mix Systems consists of two cascaded StudioLive AI consoles, a joining bracket that locks the two mixers together, a PreSonus PRM1 Precision Reference Microphone, and a custom dust cover.

StudioLive AI Mix Systems perform as a cohesive mixer and offer a familiar, surface-driven workflow with one-to-one control over every parameter. Every channel is routed through the bus outputs of the Master mixer and every global setting is controlled from the Master to provide seamless integration between the two cascaded consoles. All the power and performance available to a single StudioLive AI mixer are available to cascaded StudioLive AI Mix Systems.

Each StudioLive AI Mix System provides a robust audio interface, making it easy to record and playback audio as well as to use your favorite plugins as inserts on any of channel. Connect each mixer to a wireless router with a standard Ethernet cable and you’re ready to remote control your StudioLive AI Mix System from an iPad or iPhone or go wireless using the included USB WiFi LAN adapters.

The StudioLive 64AI Mix System cascades two StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixers to create a 64-channel system with 80 x 66, continuously bidirectional FireWire 800 recording interface; 26 mix buses, including 8 effects buses (for 4 reverb and 4 delay processors), and a whopping 558 discrete EQ and dynamics processors. This feature-rich, 64-channel mixing system is a fraction of the size, weight, and price of a conventional large-format digital console yet offers features no console anywhere near its price class can match.

The StudioLive 48AI Mix System consists of two cascaded StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixers, giving you a 48-channel console with an onboard 64 x 50 FireWire 800 recording interface; 22 total mix buses, including 8 effects buses; and DSP processing on every channel and bus for a total of 438 EQ and dynamics processors.

Like every StudioLive AI mixer, the StudioLive 64AI and 48AI Mix System include the StudioLive Software Library. The library includes PreSonus’ Capture™ live recording software, Studio One® Artist DAW, VSL-AI with Smaart Measurement Technology™ for Mac® and Windows®, SL Remote-AI for iPad®, and QMix™-AI for iPhone®/iPod® touch, plus a free account with PreSonus’ Nimbit® online direct-to-fan marketing and distribution service.

PreSonus StudioLive 64AI and 48AI Mix Systems are available for an expected street price of $6,999.95 USD and $5,499.95 USD, respectively.

More information: PreSonus

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Mackie DL32R digital live sound mixer at NAMM

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Mackie has announced it is will show its new DL32R 32-channel digital live sound mixer at the NAMM 2015 show.

Mackie DL32R

At NAMM Booth 209A and B, Mackie is showing the new DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control, a powerful new digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader™ iPad®app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+™ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control is available now worldwide, priced at a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / DL32R

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G-Sonique releases Audio Control AC1 plugin

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G-Sonique has announced the release of Audio Control AC1, a mix and mastering sound control surface plug-in for Windows.

G-Sonique Audio Control AC1

When you are finalizing your mixes you surely need to know how sounds your bass separately, if there are not some unwanted signals in bass spectrum, if high frequency range is clean, if mid range do not sounds distorted. If you hear your mix in full frequency range it is often not easy or possible.
You often need to check stereofield, if there is not too much stereo or mono signal. If stereo signal do not have lot of bass freq. or mono signal do not have distortion etc.

Next thing you often control are dynamics and transients, you need to know if there is enough of dynamic range, if transients are not smashed or if they are not very sharp or distorted.
You often need to hear left and right channel separated or phase inverted. With conventional methods it is possible but very slow and annoying to check these things.

With new Audio control console AC1 you can do all mentioned operations within one CLICK! Additionally you can check frequency spectrum on linear FFT Display, you can alo set frequency ranges which should be monitored as well as set dynamic range spectrum of monitored transients.

You can do also own useful combinations by clicking buttons, for example: listen to transients only in treble spectrum, filter bass spectrum and analyze if bass is in stereo (side) part, compare how many transients are included in mono and side/stereo part of record and much more.

The plug-in is available for purchase for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR for the first 100 customers (regular 22.90 EUR).

More information: G-Sonique / Audio Control AC1

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Cakewalk launches new SONAR

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Cakewalk has announced the availability of its new SONAR line of digital audio workstation products.

Cakewalk SONAR

There will be no more SONAR “version numbers”; the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, thanks to Cakewalk’s new Membership model, which is included for 12 months upon purchase. Now updates including a mix of new program features, original content, tutorials, new presets, and more roll out approximately once a month to members. Members will have the option to choose either the traditional upfront payment, or make convenient monthly payments. After 12 months anything acquired during the Membership is fully authorized and never expires—regardless of whether Membership is renewed.

New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade—gives new updates every month instead of yearly.

The three new versions of SONAR are differentiated to focus on specific recording needs. All three offer the same core features—Touch control, unlimited tracks/FX/Sends/Busses, VST3/VST2/DirectX compatibility, video track, support for high-resolution audio via DSD compatibility and sample rates to 384 kHz, enhanced MIDI editing, Mix Recall for switching quickly among different mix options, advanced publishing options, innovative “one-stop solution” effects chains, amp simulations, advanced comping, and much more—while the award-winning Skylight User Interface contributes inspiring and efficient workflow.

New SONAR features

  • SONAR Artist ($99 USD), the most feature-packed recording software in its price range, adds to the sophisticated core feature set with 19 bundled effects and 11 virtual instruments that focus on music creation and songwriting.
  • SONAR Professional ($199 USD) folds in the analog-style, expandable ProChannel Console Strip that allows creating/customizing virtual console architectures, as well as Melodyne Essential pitch correction with ARA integration, and Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition—50 effects and 18 virtual instruments in total, including the vintage sound of Blue Tubes effects, convolution reverb, and the surgical precision of linear phase EQ and dynamics. Its performance exceeds many of the “flagship” programs from other companies.
  • SONAR Platinum ($499 USD) features a spectacular array of tools, plug-in effects, and instruments to offer extreme flexibility to pros who need to handle any kind of recording or mixing production. With advanced tools like Console and Tape emulation, VocalSync for tightening vocals or matching dialog to picture, 21 virtual instruments, 57 effects for mixing and mastering (from vintage to cutting-edge), convolution reverb, step sequencer, and improved audio quantization/stretching, Platinum provides power tools that complement the superior workflow.

SONAR is available for purchase Windows 7/8. Registered Cakewalk customers can download their SONAR upgrades directly from the Cakewalk Store or select music retailers.

More information: Cakewalk

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Image-Line updates Deckadance mixing software to v2.42

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Image-Line has released version 2.42 of Deckadance, a DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

Image-Line Deckadance

Deckadance 2.42 adds Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing, multi controller support (via scripting), native support for Behringer CMD 2A and Casio XW-DJ1.

Changes in Deckadance v2.42

  • Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing.
  • Multi controller support (via scripting).
  • Added native support for Behringer CMD 2A.
  • Added native support for Casio XW-DJ1.
  • Fixed iTunes library importing problem for OSX (Yosemite update).
  • Fixed manual editing of filepaths in the song manager.
  • Changed preferences dialog window for MIDI scripting and ILRemote areas.
  • Changed the following script commands from toggle to momentary: SYNC_LOCK, SNAP, LOOP, LEAP, KEY_LOCK, FX_(HIGH/MID/LOW)_BAND_GROUP and EFFECT_ON.

Deckadance for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $79 USD. Deckadance – DVS edition is $149 USD. New Image-Line customers can save 10% off their purchase here.

More information: Image-Line / Deckadance

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