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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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TC Group brings new collective identity to the fore

The TC Group of companies, which includes leading sound and audio brands Tannoy, TC Electronic, Lab.gruppen and TC-Helicon, has announced a bold rebranding initiative, unveiled for the first time at Frankfurt as part of a unique combined group presence at the Musikmesse/Prolight+sound show.

TC Group

The move formally brings the collective vision and values of the group’s brand companies together under a new and visible, TC Group brand identity – increasing market awareness of both TC Group as a whole and of its individual brands. While the companies have been linked by the same parent organisation for over a decade, and more recently shared sales co-ordination with the formation of sales organisations such as TC Group Americas (TCGA) and TC Group International (TCGI) in recent years, as well as increasingly collaborating on product development; individual brand identities have remained separate with no visible connection between them.

This group brand initiative is designed to align the brands, forming a more coherent relationship between them in the eyes of the end user and highlighting the high degree of shared resource and expertise across the respective brands. In doing so, it will allow TC Group to leverage better synergies between the brands in developing pioneering new products and moving towards bringing systems solutions, to better serve its diverse customer base across the many market segments within which it’s active.

Anders Fauerskov, CEO of TC Group, said: “If you interact with any part of the TC Group world you’ll find people deeply passionate about sound. That shared passion makes collaboration completely natural, almost instinctive. Telling the TC Group story to our customers, as well as how the brands are connected, is important to us. We want our customers to know that we put every ounce of our collective energies into developing market-leading products, with innovation that comes only from working together. We have total faith in our brands and the people driving them forward for the benefit everyone, whether they are a musician, sound engineer, integrator or the person standing in a busy train station listening to announcements.”

In uniting the brands under a visible group identity, Tannoy, TC Electronic, TC-Helicon, Lab.gruppen, Lake, White Acoustics and TC Applied Technologies will be better positioned to maximise their potential across respective market segments. With closer collaboration – not only within the group, but also with our key business partners and customers – comes greater opportunity for development and growth. While the global sales & support organisations of TC Group will also come under the new core TC Group banner, the business structure and customer contact points will not change in any way.

More information: TC Group

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SKnote introduces Somma and Ferro hardware units & MCAudioLab EQ1 plugin

SKnote has launched Somma and Ferro, two hardware audio processor units.

SKnote Somma

Built around the old “analog computing” technique, Somma is designed to provide deep control on the dynamic harmonic content of audio tracks, stems, mixes, masters.

Somma features eight balanced input channels with individual saturation model selection (six independent configurations available on each channel) and saturation level controls, providing deep control on the amount of dynamic harmonic enhancement and on the behavior of each channel.

Somma features

  • Eight input channels (linkable as four stereo pairs), expandable.
  • Balanced or unbalanced input and output stages.
  • Second and third harmonic saturation.
  • Individual controls for each channel (saturation curve, saturation amount).
  • Texture controls on the master stereo bus (low band for punch, high band for air).
  • Independent saturation and volume controls for the master stereo bus.

Ferro is a stereo parallel air EQ.

SKnote Ferro

Including a fully discrete signal path and input and output transformers, Ferro is a passive stereo device (no mains) that dynamically adds mid and high frequency range presence, weight and open-ness to tracks, stems, mixes and masters.

Including custom inductors and transformers, Ferro also features a switchable inter-channel (left-right) coupling control to set the amount of galvanically insulated interaction between the channels, happening in the selected range.

Ferro features

  • Completely passive, custom inductors and transformers.
  • One stereo or two mono channels.
  • Parallel dynamic equalisation.
  • Six band-selections available for each channel.
  • Input and output transformers bypass individual controls.
  • 100% wet switch for parallel processing.
  • True-bypass switches.
  • Inter-channel crosstalk control for the selected frequency band.

Somma and Ferro are available to purchase for the introductory Musikmesse price of $799 USD / $499 USD respectively. DIY kits are $649 USD / $449 USD. Prices ex taxes and shipping.

SKnote has also released the MCAudioLab EQ1, a passive equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

SKnote MCAudioLab EQ1
MCAudioLab EQ1 SKnote Plugin – Solid State and Tube power supply edition.

A pultec-style equaliser, with tube output stage, solid state and tube power supply options.
It includes two stacked units for linked or dual control, plus a special 1U device with boosting (driving the inputs), and switchable Left-Right and Mid-Side matrix mode.

The emulation also includes both power supplies options, solid state and tube, independently switchable for each single unit.

The MCAudioLab EQ1 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) costs $29.99 USD. It is free with the purchase of a hardware unit from MCAudioLab.

More information: SKnote

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Audient intros iD22 audio interface

Audient has introduced its new iD22 audio interface at the MusikMesse in Frankfurt.

iD22 provides two classic audient microphone preamplifiers, ALL NEW pristine AD/DA convertors that have been designed to deliver impeccable detail and impressive depth during both tracking & mixing.

iD22 is expandable via ADAT i/o – perfect for partnering with an ASP008 for 10-ch recording [total 10-in, 12-out + headphones]. Our console-style monitor controller functionality and USB2.0 connectivity complete the ergonomic desktop package.

Audient iD22
iD22 will transform your DAW into a world-class recording system by connecting directly to your microphones, computer and monitors.

iD22 features

  • 2-in, 6-out high performance 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA converters.
  • 2 superb class-A mic preamplifiers & 1 discrete JFET instrument input.
  • Fully balanced insert points for integrating outboard gear.
  • High current headphone amplifier fed by an independant DAC.
  • Main and alternative stereo outputs.
  • User defined monitoring functionality with hardware control.
  • USB2.0 class compliant connectivity with integrated DSP mixer.

Price and availability TBA.

More information: Audient

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iZotope’s MBIT+ Dither to be included in Steinberg WaveLab 8

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iZotope

iZotope has announced it has licensed its MBIT+ Dither for integration into Steinberg Media Technologies’ WaveLab 8, a versatile audio editing and mastering suite.

“iZotope stands for high-quality solutions in audio processing. Naturally, for WaveLab 8 we were looking for the best dither plug-in available, and iZotope’s MBIT+ marks the cutting edge of what’s possible with dithering technology today,” says Steinberg Media Technologies Product Marketing Manager, Timo Wildenhain.

“We are thrilled to offer our MBIT+ Dither algorithm for an award-winning mastering application from Steinberg,” adds Scott Simon, Business Development Manager for iZotope. “It’s been our mission to help deliver the highest audio quality possible to our users and by partnering with Steinberg, our advanced Dither technology will now be available to the WaveLab community as well.”

WaveLab 8 will be available in May 2013. To learn more about Steinberg WaveLab 8, visit Hall 5.1 Booth 5.1 B 78 at Musikmesse or visit the Steinberg website.

More information: iZotope / WaveLab 8

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Arturia launches KeyLab keyboard controller range at Musikmesse

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Arturia has introduced its KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software at Musikmesse 2013.

25, 49, or 61 keys; velocity sensitivity or velocity sensitivity and aftertouch; beat-making or breath control… whatever your performance preference, there’s a KeyLab MIDI keyboard controller to suit with Analog Lab to boot.

Let your musical ideas flow forth with the greatest of ease with these superb-sounding software/hardware hybrid synthesis combos!

Arturia KeyLab 61

KeyLab features

  • 25/49/61 semi weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch.
  • Controllers include encoders (incl. clickable), sliders, modulation & pitch bend wheels, switches, assignable control buttons, octave up/down buttons, touch & pressure-sensitive pads.
  • MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
  • High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
  • 32 digits LCD screen.
  • Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
  • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds.
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V, our recreation of the classic 200A electric piano. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark…).
  • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
  • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits.
  • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab.

The KeyLab controller series will be available soon.

More information: Arturia

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SPL intros Crimson and Madison audio & MADI interfaces

Sound Performance Lab has announced the Crimson USB audio-interface and monitor controller and the Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface at Musikmesse.

SPL Crimson

The SPL Crimson combines a USB interface with high-quality preamps and a separate, fully-featured monitor controller. You can play and play back, record and convert, control and listen with one single device.

So all you essentially need for a truly professional recording setup is the Crimson and DAW.

Crimson features

  • 30 I/O channels (10 recording channels and 20 playback channels).
  • +/- 18V operational voltage for professional levels up to +24dB.
  • Two boutique level, discrete Class A, +/-30V high-voltage mic-preamplifiers.
  • Two Hi-Z instrument preamplifiers.
  • Two separate headphones amps, individually controllable.
  • Connect and control two stereo speaker sets.
  • Monitor signal mix function for playback and recording paths.
  • MIDI input and output via two DIN sockets.
  • USB 2.0, S/P-DIF input and output.
  • 24Bit/192kHz converter.
  • Made in Germany.

The Crimson is scheduled for release in July 2013, with a RRP of 549 EUR (including German VAT) / $725 USD.

The Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface is the “most analog digital converter”, according to SPL.

SPL Madison

With excellent converters and a unique 36 volts analog section, the SPL Madison offers the pure SPL analog sound for every MADI equipped digital console, audio router and PC MADI card.

With 16 input and 16 output channels in a single rack space, the Madison combines state of the art signal conversion with highly reliable clock and MADI processing. And as a true SPL unit it is simple to operate, easy to expand and, of course, an awesome sounding conversion system.

Madison features

  • 16 AD and 16 DA converters in 1U.
  • Superb sounding converters with a sophisticated analog section on 36?V audio rails.
  • +24?dBu professional output level.
  • Best price/performance value.
  • Up to 64 I/Os on 1 MADI port (4 units).
  • Latency neutral MADI chaining.
  • 44.1 to 192?kHz, ±10% vari-speed.
  • SPL clock-shop for jitter-free operation.
  • Ultra-compatible, always operational MADI IO with ultra low conversion latencies.
  • Four directly selectable reference levels: 15/18/22/24.
  • Simple operation and setup right from the front panel controls.
  • Ergonomic, distance-readable meters for clear level status indication of any I/O channel.
  • Fanless, absolutely silent low-power design (max. 30?W).
  • Redundant power supply optionally.
  • Four analog, 8-channel multicore DB 25 sockets (TASCAM industry standard).
  • Made in Germany.

The Madison is scheduled for release in June 2013, priced at RRP 1.499 EUR (including German VAT) / $1.899 USD.

More information: Sound Performance Lab

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