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Focusrite announces iTrack Dock for recording music on iPad

Focusrite has announced iTrack Dock, a complete music recording solution for the iPad.

Focusrite iTrack Dock

iTrack Dock is a comprehensive studio-quality iPad recording interface, featuring dual legendary Focusrite microphone preamps plus two line inputs and an instrument DI, independent stereo monitor and headphone outputs, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers. iTrack Dock provides everything required to record, monitor and control music on Lightning iPads – with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling. It even charges and powers the iPad at the same time.

Perfect for songwriters, musicians and home recordists who want to take advantage of their studio gear alongside the simplicity of iPad, iTrack Dock was designed to provide a comprehensive recording, monitoring and control solution for iPad users. iTrack Dock is easy to use and provides all the control and functionality you’d expect in a traditional recording interface.

iTrack Dock features

  • The Focusrite recording dock for your iPad: Sleek Focusrite industrial design provides the perfect platform to dock, charge and record music with the new generation of iPads – iPad(4th Gen) / iPad Air / iPad mini / iPad mini with retina display.
  • Record and monitor at superior resolution: iTrack Dock is the best sounding iPad-based workstation, featuring premium Focusrite A-D/D-A conversion with over 105dB dynamic range, operating at up to 24bit, 96kHz sample rates.
  • Legendary Focusrite mic preamps: Two Focusrite mic pres, as featured in the Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces, include 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones. iTrack Dock also features Focusrite’s unique “Gain Halos” – a ring of light around the input gain control – to easily set the input gain: green for healthy signal, red if it’s too hot.
  • Dedicated maximum headroom guitar DI: iTrack Dock provides a guitar input with plenty of clean, clear headroom to capture both quiet and loud guitars with stunning clarity.
  • USB MIDI port connects and powers a MIDI controller: USB MIDI port for class compliant MIDI controller connectivity (MIDI + power) – perfect for connecting a Novation Launchkey or Launchkey Mini.
  • Works with any Core Audio app: From GarageBand to Cubasis, Auria and beyond, iTrack Dock expands the functionality of any Core Audio application – and with its built-in Core Audio driver there’s no setup required.
  • High quality outputs with over 105dB dynamic range: Balanced main monitor outputs plus a stereo headphone output, with more than enough power for headphones and powered monitor speakers.
  • Latency-free direct monitoring: iTrack Dock’s direct monitoring sends your input signal straight to the headphone and main monitor outputs for perfect timing.
  • Stereo line inputs: Connect synths, drum machines, CD players and more with balanced stereo line in.
  • Versatile recording app included: Includes the Tape by Focusrite app for iPad, which offers instant recording, mastering and sharing without the complexities of traditional music-making software.

iTrack Dock will be introduced at the Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, California, at Focusrite Novation Inc’s booth (#6464). It is priced $249.99 (MSRP) / $199.99 (street).

More information: Focusrite / iTrack Dock

Studio Devil intros AmpliFIRE

Studio Devil has announced AmpliFIRE, a new amp-modeling/multi-effects floor pedal in collaboration with Atomic Amplifiers.

Atomic AmpliFire

Studio Devil and Atomic Amplifiers have teamed up to bring world class amplifier modeling to an amazingly compact and standalone unit for both floor pedal and desktop use…more to be unveiled in the days to come at NAMM 2014…

Studio Devil will be showing this amazing product at the NAMM Show 2014 in Anaheim, California from January 23rd through January 26th… stop by Studio Devil in Booth #6721 Hall A to see this amazing product in person!

More information: Studio Devil

M-Audio introduces Trigger Finger Pro pad controller

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M-Audio has announced the Trigger Finger Pro, an advanced performance pad controller with onboard sequencing and software integration.

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro

Trigger Finger Pro is a fully encompassed performance instrument and software control station in the form of a portable, 16-pad (4×4 configured) instrument with onboard sequencing. Nearly a decade ago, M-Audio revolutionized the industry by introducing the first performance pad controller and effectively set the stage for the MIDI controller market with the Trigger Finger. The Trigger Finger Pro draws from its predecessor’s performance pad roots but features an entirely new hardware design, user experience, and creative functionality to serve both the live performer as well as the music producer. It’s modern design features 16 ultra-responsive RGB illuminated pads, 16 backlit step sequencer key controls, a road-ready chassis with brushed aluminum faceplate, and a high resolution screen.

The all-new Arsenal software integrates with popular DAWs, hosts VSTs and includes automatic mapping, providing seamless integration between the hardware and software. Along with AIR Drums and Hybrid 3 plug-ins, Trigger Finger Pro includes 8 GB of ready-to-play sounds, loops, one-shots with exclusive content from Black Anomaly, Prime Loops, Toolroom Records, and more.

Trigger Finger Pro features

  • 16 Ultra-Responsive Pads – velocity sensitive, illuminated pads with RGB feedback.
  • Onboard Step Sequencer – accompanied by 16 backlit keys, and high-res screen.
  • Extensive Expression Controls – 48 assignable controls are offered between 4 faders, 4 knobs, and 4 buttons with 4 banks each, and includes pitch bend, modulation and more.
  • Arsenal Software – allows for instant DAW/VST integration with full tactile control parameters; or operates as a standalone program with powerful presets & VI’s.
  • AIR Drums and Hybrid 3 – includes two dynamic VST instrument programs, a drum sample player/editor compatible with REX files and a high definition analog synth suite.
  • Built-in Instruments – 8 GB of sounds, one-shots, loops, and exclusive content.
  • Customizable Controls – backlit controls instantly map to popular DAWs on the market.
  • Road Ready Chassis – brushed aluminum faceplate with detachable 3-position stand.

Trigger Finger Pro will be available Spring 2014, distributed worldwide with a $399 USD street.

M-Audio will unveil Trigger Finger Pro in Hall A, Booth 6700, at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

More information: M-Audio

NAMM 2014 – Feature Fest for Kemper Profiler Players Software Version 2.3 showcased

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Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and unique Kemper Profiler present a range of new features that significantly extend the Profiler’s tonal and sonic capabilities for guitar and bass players.

Kemper Amps Profiler Rack

Kemper Amps constantly update the Profiler Software for architectural enhancements, performance and effects updates. Version 2.3 new features include:

Parallel Path for Bass Processing

This is a feature dedicated for electric bass, can be utilized with any other instrument as well, of course. The Profiler offers a variety of profiles for bass players already, as well as loads of effects and distortion FX that can be used in combination with a bass. But, just like with traditional bass rigs when playing through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can loose some fundamental bass frequencies. That’s why a parallel feed of the clean bass signal usually is mixed in parallel to the distorted or otherwise processed signal for maintaining the bass frequencies and the original dynamics.
The Profiler now features an optional parallel signal path from the instrument input straight to the output for exactly this purpose, bypassing the Stack section and all effects including the delay and reverb. When the parallel path is activated, it also grabs Stomp A and B away from the regular signal path and puts both into the parallel path. This provides Stomp A and B for applying a compressor and an equalizer individually to the parallel path, while Stomp C and D and the effects remain in the regular signal path. This is great for both live and recording situations.

Analog Octaver – Not only for bass players’ delight

The analog octaver is a classic effect usually used by bass players. But of course it can be utilized for any instrument. The analog octaver adds two lower octaves (-1 and -2) to the original signal. This is achieved with a modeled analog detection circuit which manipulates and filters the input signal. The Analog Octaver should be used for single notes only as intervals or chords might create unstable results.
The Kemper Profiler octaver model features significantly improved tracking for faster response compared to the original devices. The LowCut parameter finally reduces the energy of the low notes. This allows for higher levels of both low octave voices without having to deal with deep growl and rumble produced.

NSA for Tempo – Beat Scanner

The Beat Scanner is a great alternative to using the TAP tempo. The activated Beat Scanner algorithm will listen to the rhythm of the guitar and detect the accurate tempo in BPM in a few seconds. It is not required to play anything special, any riff should do if played with certain accuracy. Beat Scanner allows for creating tempos between 80 and 160 BPM. The Beat Scanner won’t detect whether the tempo is 70 BPM or double – 140 BPM. It will choose 140 in this case.

Headphone Space

The Headphone Space parameter adds a small room simulation to the master signal. When listening to sound coming from loudspeakers the reflections from the floor, the walls and objects around add to the original sound. Even a mono signal will result in a stereo image once the room reflections reach the ears. When listening through headphones these missing reflections result in an artificial listening experience that quickly leads to listening fatigue. To avoid this, the Profiler now features the Headphone Space effect allowing to add virtual reflections to the headphone signal delivering a sense of room and natural space. Even a mono signal will result into a subtle, pleasing stereo image.
Hard wired to the Profiler’s headphone out the space effect can also be utilized for listening through regular speakers or for recording. For this purpose the space effect is also available for the post stack effects slots.

Pedal Vinyl Stop

Vinyl Stop is a variation of the already available Pedal Pitch effect. While Pedal Pitch can create a “dive bomb” effect three octaves down, Pedal Vinyl Stop will turn the pitch of the instrument down to exactly zero by swelling up the pitch pedal, just as you would stop a vinyl record with your hand. No sound is heard, until you swell the pitch pedal down again, making the instrument sound as the motor has turned back on again. No pitch adjustments available or necessary with this effect, just put the pitch pedal to the metal.

Reamping – everything built in to run High and Dry

The method of Reamping is very popular in studios and means recording the unprocessed instrument signal while recording the processed amp signal at the same time on separate tracks. This allows for feeding the unprocessed guitar signal at a later time to an amp again to experiments with various settings that might cater for a better mix without the need to play the guitar a second time. Usually some special equipment is required to convert the high impedance guitar signal into an appropriate signal at studio level for recording. The opposite “reamping” path from the recording to the tube amp needs appropriate processing as well. In case of the Profiler this is much more straightforward and easy as the connections and impedances of the Profiler already deliver all the required connectivity for reamping right out of the box. Both recording the pure instrument signal and reamping can be performed either via the analog outputs and inputs or the SPDIF connections.

Version 2.3 of the Profiler Software will be available for free to registered users of the Kemper Profiler during the first quarter of 2014.
More information: Kemper Amps

Morevox launches NAMM Sale – 50% off bundles

Morevox has announced a limited time sale on its bundles.

Morevox at Winter NAMM 2014

All the BUNDLES are 50% OFF during the NAMM SHOW!

PROMO CODE : NAMM14

The sale ends January 26th, 2014.

More information: Morevox

Bitwig launches Bitwig Studio on March 26, 2014

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has announced that it will launch its Bitwig Studio software on March 26th, 2014.

BITWIG STUDIO is a new and innovative music creation, recording, and performance software that supports all three major computing platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Combining traditional arrangement sequencing with modern performance-oriented clip launching workflows, BITWIG STUDIO is the ultimate solution for realizing all your musical ideas across every stage of production.

BITWIG STUDIO offers a state-of-the-art audio engine under the hood, with full multi-processing support, a unified modulation system, 32/64-bit VST plugin bridging, and VST plugin crash protection.

BITWIG STUDIO comes with over 50 included devices. Conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs, envelope followers and step sequencers for modulating any other device). Extend this collection with your favorite VST effects and instruments, and use them side by side with BITWIG STUDIO internal devices.

Bitwig Studio
Main screen of the Bitwig Studio music creation, recording & performance software.

Bitwig Studio features

  • Cross-platform DAW (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux).
  • Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio and beyond.
  • Full multi-core and multi-processor support.
  • VST 2.4 support with built-in 32/64-bit bridging and plug-in crash protection.
  • Proprietary time-stretching technology.
  • Multi-display support for up to 3 displays.
  • Tabbed document interface for multiple projects open at once with drag-and-drop between them.
  • Over 50 included devices, including conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs and step sequencers for modulating any other device)..
  • Unified Modulation System: Use Macro Controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelope Followers to modulate any device parameter, including nested internal devices and even VST plug-ins.
  • Advanced layered editing.
  • Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control.
  • Dynamic Object Inspector: Select multiple notes or events and edit them together with the interactive parameter histogram, easily adding variations as you go.
  • Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine.
  • Multiple audio events per clip: Automatically cut up samples and rearrange them on the fly in the Detail Editor.
  • Dedicated Device Panel Mappings with color-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance.
  • Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box.
  • Sound Content: Over one thousand presets and sounds, 3 GB of factory content: Drum Machines (808, 909… Percussion), Acoustic Drums, multi-sampled instruments like Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Acoustic and Electric Bass, Sampled Drum and Instrument loops, Various Sound FX, and additional partner content.
  • Open Controller API: Create and customize functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of BITWIG STUDIO.

Upon release, Bitwig Studio will be available to purchase for $449.99 USD (MSRP)/$399.99 USD (MAP)/329 EUR. The download version will cost $399 USD/299 EUR.

Bitwig will showcase its debut product during the Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim (Hall C, Booth 5000).

Bitwig staff will be available for product demonstrations, and to answer questions regarding BITWIG STUDIO. Attendees will get a first look at the possibilities using the Open Controller API included in BITWIG STUDIO, which allows for custom controller integration above and beyond standard static midi control templates.

Bitwig’s partners Nektar, Livid Instruments and Novation are among the first to offer products that not only work with standard note and controller input, but offer a deeper integration within BITWIG STUDIO. Dedicated mixer control, clip launching, step-sequencing, device navigation and dynamic device parameter mappings – Bitwig’s Open Controller scripting API offers unprecedented possibilities to integrate hardware and software. The API, documentation and the scripts are accessible to everyone, from the end user to third party companies.

More information: Bitwig

Allen & Heath launches Xone:23 DJ Mixer

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Allen & Heath has announced the Xone:23, a high performance 2+2 channel DJ mixer.

Allen & Heath Xone:23

The new mixer is packed with pro features that would normally be found in the booth of a top-rated club, including an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector, with styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.

At the heart of the mixer is the renowned analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system offering Low-Pass and High-Pass filters, frequency sweep and ‘mild to wild’ resonance control. There is also an FX loop to connect to third party FX units, which route back in through the filter system.

The 2 stereo channels feature independent level controls for each input enabling up to four stereo sources to be simultaneously routed to the mix, as well as the dedicated send and return system for external FX. The mixer can also be upgraded with the latest Innofader for enhanced scratch performance, available as an accessory from Allen & Heath.

The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR’s, and there is a dedicated record output. The Xone:23 is equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and signal levels clearly displayed on the 9 segment peak hold meters.

Styled on the Xone:DB4, the Xone:23 includes soft touch, backlit controls, light-piped meters and a distinctive new shaped steel faceplate.

Xone:23 features

  • 2+2 channels with dual phono/line inputs.
  • VCF Filter system – low-pass + high-pass filters plus frequency and resonance controls.
  • 3-band true total kill EQ.
  • External FX loop.
  • Mic input on balanced XLR, with 2-band EQ.
  • Balanced main mix out on XLR.
  • Independent booth out.
  • Record out.
  • 3.5mm and 1/4? headphone outputs.
  • Touring grade build quality.
  • Super smooth VCA channel faders.
  • User changeable crossfader.
  • Innofader compatible.
  • Crossfader curve switch.
  • 20dB pro standard headroom.
  • Ultra low distortion.
  • 2mm Steel face plate.
  • 9-segment signal level monitoring.

The Xone:23 will be presented at the Winter NAMM 2014, January 23rd -26th, at booth #6464. It is expected to ship in April, 2014, at a suggested retail price of £242 GBP (ex. VAT).

More information: Allen & Heath / Xone:23

Acoustica releases AeroMIDI controller software

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Acoustica AeroMIDI

Acoustica has announced the release of AeroMIDI, a new 3D MIDI controller software for Windows and Mac.

AeroMIDI allows users to trigger notes and MIDI continuous controller messages with hand and finger movements in 3D space.

AeroMIDI enables control of six expression parameters using only one hand, or use both hands and control up to 12 simultaneous expression parameters. User-defined virtual spaces called “cubes” and “zones” allow easy triggering of events, beats or notes. Perform a gesture, such as a two-fingered swipe to the left, and suddenly you’ve enabled a whole new mode or set of expression controls and MIDI actions.

Simply plug a Leap Motion Controller into a USB port, load and install the AeroMIDI software, and start your MIDI software or external synthesizer. AeroMIDI then sends controller data and notes to MIDI software or external hardware. Control synthesizers, lighting rigs, visualizers, DAWs, effects, virtual instruments, and any other MIDI-capable hardware or software with AeroMIDI.

AeroMIDI features

  • Gestures translate hand movements with very low latency.
  • Translate hand & finger movements and rotation to MIDI controller data with very low latency.
  • Play notes by moving or rotating hands.
  • Configurable virtual 3D cubes let you build your own custom controller interface.
  • Simultaneously control MIDI expression parameters in three dimensions, including hand rotation.
  • Windows- and Mac-compatible (Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.6+).
  • Requires the Leap Motion Controller (Support for other 3D input devices coming soon).
  • Works with all MIDI software, hardware and DAWs, including Acoustica’s Mixcraft 6.

AeroMIDI is available to purchase for $29.99 USD. Acoustica will demonstrate the software at the Winter NAMM at Booth 6428, Hall A.

More information: Acoustica / AeroMIDI