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Nils Schneider intros Heat Synthesizer for Android

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Nils Schneider has launched a beta of Heat Synthesizer, a synthesizer for Android with full VST integration.

Heat Synthesizer
Heat Synthesizer virtual analogue subtractive synthesizer for Android with a unique feature set.

Heat is not only a synthesizer with a beautiful sound. Mainly targetting Android devices, the synthesizer can be fully integrated as VST plugin to be used in the sequencer of your choice.

Heat Synthesizer features

  • Highly optimized realtime sound generation engine with a lot of features even on mobile devices, 3 Oscillators, 2 Filters, 4 Envelopes, FX section and much more.
  • Collaborative Preset Manager: Browse through thousands of sounds that other users have created, save your sounds on your local Android device or online, making them available for the community..
  • Full VST integration, use your Android device as controller while Heat Synthesizer is running as VST compatible plugin (Windows x86/x64).
  • Control the VST plugin from your Android device in realtime.
  • See parameter automations from your sequencer in realtime on your Android device.
  • Use the integrated keyboard of your Android Device to send midi events to your sequencer.

The Heat Synthesizer Pro beta is available to purchase for 2.99 EUR. A free demo version is available as well.

More information: Heat Synthesizer

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

Akai Professional announces MPC Headphones & Earbuds

Akai Professional has announced MPC Pro Headphones, MPC Headphones, and MPC Earbuds, premium personal audio devices each designed for professional music production with Akai Professional’s newest line of MPCs.

Akai Professional’s new MPC headphones and earbuds are designed to match each new MPC in design, quality, and purpose. Each is designed to empower producers with the ability to hear their tracks and hone their craft with unmatched clarity and precision. In addition, MPC headphones and earbuds provide an exceptional experience for simply listening on the go to a personal music library.

Akai Professional MPC Headphones

MPC Pro Headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers and an over-the-ear design for premium isolation and comfort in the studio, while MPC Headphones come with precise 40mm drivers and an on-the-ear design ideal for portability and music production on the move. Both feature Akai Professional’s unmatched expertise in tuning and frequency response, as well as fully adjustable headbands, pivoting ear cups, and gunmetal aluminum and steel construction for a solid, comfortable fit. Overstuffed leather cushioning on the headbands and ear cups provides a luxurious listening experience for even the most demanding studio sessions. An audio cable with 1/8-inch connector and 1/4-inch adapter is included for music production, and a communication cable with a built-in microphone is also included for use with mobile phones.

“Headphones are a huge part of the production process,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “With the MPC headphones and earbuds, we’re simply doing what we’ve always done—delivering the tools musicians need to get fully immersed in their craft.”

MPC Pro Headphones / MPC Headphones features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Powerful 50mm/40mm drivers with neodymium magnets.
  • Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction.
  • On-ear design with overstuffed leather cushioning.
  • Audio cable with 1/4″ adapter included.
  • Communication cable with built-in microphone included.

Featuring lightweight soft-touch ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control, MPC Earbuds are flexible, powerful, and designed for the active producer.

Akai MPC Earbuds

They’re engineered to be multi-purpose with the ability to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth® to any compatible music player for casual cable-free listening, or to connect via the included professional audio cable for latency-free performance during music production. The built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB (cable included). MPC Earbuds deliver Akai Professional’s superior tuning and frequency response for any track via precise 13mm drivers.

Producers can go wired or wireless by connecting or disconnecting the included 1/8-inch cable from the Akai Professional medallion that is located on the cable between the earbuds. The medallion also includes a built-in mic for using MPC Earbuds with a mobile phone.

MPC Earbuds features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Lightweight ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for cable-free listening.
  • Cable with 1/8” connector for latency-free listening and music production.
  • Medallion with built-in mic and 1/8” input.
  • Precise 13mm drivers with neodymium magnets.

Akai Professional will display the new MPC headphones and earbuds at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional

Numark intros iDJ Live II mobile DJ controller

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Numark iDJ Live II

Numark has announced iDJ Live II, a new mobile DJ controller that offers versatile control over a wide variety of computer-based and mobile DJ platforms.

An updated and enhanced version of Numark’s iDJ Live controller, iDJ Live II features an updated low-profile design and USB connectivity, allowing it to perform with both laptopbased and mobile DJ platforms. iDJ Live II features a standard layout of DJ controls, including a crossfader, EQ knobs, and capacitive touch-activated platters. The design of iDJ Live II has also been slimmed down with redesigned platters that are now illuminated and lowprofile. A headphone/speaker splitter cable is also included.

“iDJ Live II enhances and builds upon our original vision for iDJ Live—give anyone and everyone real DJing capability in a compact, comprehensive, and fun package,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager.

iDJ Live II features

  • Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, plus Mac and PC laptops.
  • Seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps (sold separately).
  • Algoriddim’s djay LE software for Mac included.
  • Crossfader, EQ controls, and capacitive dual-zone touch-activated platters.
  • Headphone/speaker splitter cable and stand for iPad included.
  • Available with USB and 30-pin or USB and Lightning connections.
  • Core MIDI- and standard MIDI-compatible.

Numark will display and demo iDJ Live II at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Numark

Roland announces V-Combo VR-09

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Roland has announced the V-Combo VR-09, an easy-to-transport, all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players.

Roland V-Combo VR-09
Roland V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard with instant access to inspiring tones and live expression.

Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines provide essential tones for live playing, while extensive real-time controls and other features offer maximum expression on stage. With its versatile sounds, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the streamlined V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians.

The V-Combo VR-09 was designed from the ground up with live players in mind. An intuitive front-panel layout and clear LCD screen provides quick access to Roland’s top piano, organ, and synth sound engines, as well as plenty of real-time controls for expressive sound manipulation. Seven different effects are available simultaneously, with dedicated knobs that allow users to tweak multiple parameters with a single twist. In addition, convenient buttons make it simple to set up splits and layers and quickly save/recall custom keyboard setups while performing.

V-Combo VR-9 features

  • Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians.
  • Light and mobile; battery or AC power.
  • Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling.
  • SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus newly developed transistor-type ‘60s organ tone.
  • Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials.
  • Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls.
  • Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory.
  • Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad.

More information: Roland / V-Combo VR-09

Roland intros STUDIO-CAPTURE audio interface

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Roland has announced the STUDIO-CAPTURE USB 2.0 audio interface, the new flagship of the acclaimed CAPTURE family of computer-based recording interfaces.

Featuring pro-level performance, generous I/O that includes 12 premium-grade mic preamps, and a flexible, mobile design that’s equally at home in the studio or on the road, STUDIO-CAPTURE sets an all-new standard in USB audio interfaces.

STUDIO-CAPTURE offers a powerful, versatile solution for today’s musicians, composers, and recording engineers. It delivers quality equivalent to dedicated rackmount audio interfaces costing much more, all in a compact, go-everywhere package that’s ideal for traveling production, tabletop use in home studios, or permanent installation in commercial recording facilities.

Roland STUDIO-CAPTURE
Roland Studio-Capture 16×10 interface with 12 premium mic preamps.

STUDIO-CAPTURE features

  • High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production.
  • 16 audio inputs and 10 audio outputs, including 12 premium mic preamps (VS PREAMP).
  • VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac.
  • AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps.
  • Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons.
  • Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes.
  • XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs.
  • Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT.
  • Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver.
  • 2U rackmount ears included.

More information: Roland / STUDIO-CAPTURE

Roland announces DUO-CAPTURE mk2

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Roland DUO-CAPTURE mk2

Roland has introduced the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 USB audio interface, an updated version of the popular DUO-CAPTURE.

Offering the same great features as its predecessor, the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 can now be used as an audio interface for the Apple iPad in addition to Windows and Mac computers.

Compact and portable, the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 is a bus-powered USB audio interface designed for musicians and engineers that record on the go with a laptop computer or iPad. It features a 1/4-inch Mic/Guitar input with an impedance selector, plus an 1/8-inch input for connecting stereo devices.

DUO-CAPTURE mk2 features

  • Small, convenient audio interface for mobile musicians.
  • Compatible with Mac and PC; iPad compatibility via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.
  • 1/4-inch MIC/GUITAR input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly.
  • 1/8-inch stereo input; 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch dual headphone outputs.
  • Dedicated controls for input and output volume.
  • Low-latency ASIO (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers; input monitor function.
  • USB bus powered.
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE for Windows included.

More information: Roland / DUO-CAPTURE mk2

ESI releases MAYA44 USB+ USB audio solution

ESI MAYA44 USB+

Time+Space has announced that the ESI MAYA44 USB+ audio interface is now available to purchase.

The ESI MAYA44 USB+ is a perfect solution for home recording and, with a width of just 12cm, is also ideal for mobile live and recording applications.

Besides standard recording and playback functionality, MAYA44 USB+ provides everything that is needed for professional music production. In its compact case measuring 12 x 7 x 2 cm, MAYA44 USB+ provides 4 analog input and 4 analog output channels with RCA connectors and a combined optical S/PDIF digital output / stereo headphone output. The headphone output provides a separate stereo output signal, making it perfect for DJs.

With support for ASIO 2.0, CoreAudio and MME / WDM, MAYA44 USB is compatible with all major music and DJ applications like Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Reason, Reaktor, MixVibes, Traktor DJ Studio, BPM Studio and much more.

MAYA44 USB+ comes bundled with a license of Deckadance LE from Image Line Software, a powerful DJ software that was written by DJs for DJs.

The MAYA44 USB+ is available from Time+Space at RRP £82.95 GBP.

More information: ESI MAYA44 USB+