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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

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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

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ILIO booth showcases Dynaudio BM15A monitors at NAMM

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Dynaudio BM15A

ILIO has announced that Dynaudio Professional will provide five pairs of its BM15A studio monitors for demonstration at this year’s Winter NAMM show. The speakers will be seen and heard at the ILIO booth, Hall A, #6724 throughout the show.

ILIO president Mark Hiskey comments, “The Dynaudio BM15As are outstanding speakers with tremendous clarity and punch. They’ll provide the ideal combination of power and fidelity that will put our virtual instruments and audio processing products in the best possible light at the show.”

First introduced in 1998, the BM15A is a high performance speaker whose full-range extended bass response makes it an ideal nearfield monitor, particularly for commercial studios, project studios and post-production facilities.

The BM15A is a relatively large 2-way active system comprised of a large 240mm (10″) woofer, a special version of the Dynaudio ESOTEC soft dome tweeter and an electronic phase-aligned crossover, which feeds the built-in dual, high performance discrete MOSFET amplifiers.

The ESOTEC HF driver provides quality and headroom due to a dynamic headroom of 1000W. The 240mm (10″) bass driver is well-known for its 100mm (4″) aluminum alloy voice coil, which outperforms many 300mm (12″) drivers in terms of power output and punch.

The electronics offer complex protection circuitry helping to prevent accidental damage to the drivers, while still providing maximum transient response.

The BM15A monitor is front-ported for powerful and extended low frequency response, and the elegant matte cabinet has radius edges on the front baffle to reduce boundary effects and improve the overall sound quality.

More information: Dynaudio / BM15A

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CEntrance showing new MixerFace mobile recording interface at NAMM

CEntrance has announced that it will be participating at the 2014 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

CEntrance MixerFace

This year, CEntrance will showcase its full line of products for recording and playback, including the best-selling HiFi-M8(r) DAC and amplifier for iPhone and the newly released MixerFace(r) mobile recording interface based on the same portable technology. The company’s exhibit will be located at booth 7327 in the Arena, located near Hall A.

MixerFace is a mobile recording interface that connects professional microphones with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The small, battery-powered device fits under an iPhone. It features two studio-grade microphone preamps and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality location recording. MixerFace integrates the smart phone into the audio production workflow, creating mobile recording capability for the modern, on-the-go musician, broadcaster and VO artist.

MixerFace is currently the subject of a successful crowd-funding effort on Indiegogo. The Indiegogo campaign lasts until January 31st, 2014.

More information: CEntrance / MixerFace

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Korg introduces KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+

Korg has announced the KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler module and Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder at NAMM 2013.

Korg KP3+

The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface.

It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.

KP3+ features

  • Use the touchpad to control effects in real time.
  • A total of 150 effects ideal for DJ mixing and sound design; 42 new types including:
    • Vinyl Break simulates a turntable.
    • Ducking Compressor emphasizes the backbeats.
    • Newly-designed looper lets you freely manipulate loops.
    • Effects you can use for breaks in your DJ play.
  • High-spec sampling functionality.
  • Numerous functions to make your performance even more expressive
    • FX Release function controls the reverberation to produce a more natural decay.
    • Mute function cuts the input signal and outputs only the effect sound.
    • Pad Motion function records and reproduces your effect usage.
  • Practical functions that are easy to use during live performance or production
    • Eight program memories let you switch effects instantly.
    • Hold function sustains the effect sound.
    • Set the tempo with auto BPM, tap tempo, or the BPM knob.
    • Pad LEDs ensure high visibility even in the dark.
  • Highly expandable for even greater potential
    • USB MIDI allows for use as a powerful MIDI controller.
    • Store sample data on an SD/SDHC card.
    • Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.

The Korg KP3+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $349.99 USD.

Korg Kaossilator Pro+

The Kaossilator Pro+ is a dynamic phrase synthesizer/loop recorder that lets you perform and create multi-layered music in any style – with just the touch of a finger.

The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.

Kaossilator Pro+ features

  • Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time.
  • A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs.
  • Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available.
  • Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
    • Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes.
    • Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad.
    • Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider.
    • Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
  • USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller.
  • Store recorded loop data and even externally –made .WAV files on an SD/SDHC card.
  • Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.

The Korg Kaossilator Pro+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $399.99 USD.

More information: Korg

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Waves announces Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection & GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plug-in

At NAMM 2013, Waves has announced the upcoming release of the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection.

Waves Manny Marroquin Signature Series

Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces the Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection, custom plugins developed in collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Maroon 5, Shakira).

The collection consists of six plugins: Delay, Reverb, EQ, Tonal Shaper, Distortion and Triple D (DeEsser, DeHarsher, DeBoxer).

Waves has also announced the GEQ Graphic Equalizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Waves GEQ

Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ features

  • Classic component with proportional Q.
  • Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types.
  • 30 ISO bands.
  • 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost.
  • Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side.
  • Zero latency.
  • 2 input RTA with external input options.
  • RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function.
  • Link L/R.
  • Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality.

The Manny Marroquin Signature Series Collection and GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plug-in will be available soon with pricing TBA.

More information: Waves

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Avid Highlights New Product Offerings, Recent Partnership Announcements and Expanded Training Program at NAMM 2013

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Avid has released a round of announcements from NAMM 2013 which include a partnership with the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, the expansion of its Avid Learning Partner Program to include Sibelius certification, and new product offerings for its professional audio and live-sound customers.

Avid NAMM 2013

“Providing valuable resources and developing the professional tools to help our valued customers produce amazing music continue to be priorities for Avid, as demonstrated by the news being shared at NAMM this year,” said W. Sean Ford, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Avid. “We’ve set the standard for our industry with our innovative products and programmes and we’re particularly excited to be offering formalised certification for Sibelius, which will ensure that music educators have the training they need to inspire the next generation of composers, and the Pro Series line of plug-ins, which lay the groundwork for our expanding AAX portfolio.”

The news being showcased at NAMM includes the following:

  • High profile partnerships— Renowned Abbey Road Studios, the masterminds behind hits from today’s hottest musical artists including Adele and Florence + The Machine, is the most recent of a large group of facilities and private studios making the upgrade to Pro Tools®|HDX. In addition to a full studio overhaul to HDX systems, Abbey Road and Avid have also announced the first ever Abbey Road Studios and Avid Song Contest, which will provide visibility for emerging artists competing for the grand prize of a Pro Tools system and opportunity to have a track of their choice mixed with Abbey Road’s Online Mixing platform.
  • Expanded training opportunities— Avid has reinforced its strong commitment to the Sibelius product line with the announcement of the official Sibelius Training and Certification Program, offered through the Avid Learning Partner Program, which will provide valuable training and accreditation to music educators.
  • Innovative product upgrades and launches— Avid expands its AAX plug-in portfolio and adds increased flexibility and integration to the VENUE live-sound system.
    • Pro Series plug-ins: Avid announced the launch of the Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins, featuring three new advanced processors that enable users to sound their best. Pro Compressor and Pro Expander (available now), along with Pro Limiter (coming soon), are the first plug-ins in the series, joining an expanding line-up for the AAX platform.
    • VENUE Mix Rack: Avid’s industry-leading live sound console system is now fully compatible with VENUE Stage 48 and the VENUE Ethernet Snake Card to provide users with unprecedented flexibility and enhanced capabilities.
    • Pro Tools¦ HD Native Thunderbolt: Avid will spotlight its HD Native Thunderbolt solution, which delivers unmatched speed and sound quality using Pro Tools on a laptop or desktop, which debuted at IBC2012 in September.

More information: Avid

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