IK Multimedia intros iRig UA, iRig Mic Studio & iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia has introduced three new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

IK Multimedia iRig UA

iRig UA is the first universal guitar effects processor and interface for all Android devices.

IK is pleased to announce iRig UA, the first digital effects processor and interface to allow universal near-zero latency guitar processing with AmpliTube UA on all devices with Android 4.0 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG.

iRig UA represents a paradigm shift for Android users, that for the first time, will now be able to experience high-quality real time effects processing on any Android device.

iRig UA will be available soon, priced at 79.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

The iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital microphone for for iOS devices, Mac/PC and Android.

Offering superior sound and an extremely portable size, it packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure to capture professional recordings anywhere.

With iRig Mic Studio, creative hobbyists or pros of all types have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand!

iRig Mic Studio will be available for purchase soon for 144.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

iRig PowerBridge is a universal charging solution for all iRig accessories using your iOS devices.

iRig PowerBridge is a new charging system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows for the continuous charge of the device while using iRig accessories.

Now mobile musicians can practice, perform and record with their favorite 30-pin or Lightning compatible digital IK gear — like iRig Mic HD, iRig HD, iRig Keys, iRig PRO or iRig MIDI 2 — for as long as they want, anytime and everywhere.

iRig PowerBridge is available for pre-order for 54.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia

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UVI launches BeatHawk music production app for iPad

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UVI has announced the release of BeatHawk, a portable music production studio app for iPad.

UVI BeatHawk

A complete music production environment, BeatHawk was designed from the ground-up to provide an immediate and efficient workflow optimized for portable use while providing studio-grade sounds, instruments and effects thanks to the industry-proven UVI Engine at its core. Users can create beats, sample, pitch and time stretch, layer melodies, mix, arrange, and export full songs, stems and MIDI quickly and efficiently through BeatHawk’s sleek and intuitive user interface.

BeatHawk includes a large library of high-quality sounds and instruments which can be expanded with user content or through additional UVI expansion packs available via in-app purchase. Expansion packs provide a tremendous value, delivering the same level of quality found in UVI’s desktop instruments used in studios around the world. BeatHawk launches with 15 available expansions including; Acoustic Grand, Brass Riffs, Choirs, Disco, Electric Piano, Electro Pop, Funk, Guitar Loops, Scratch, Talk Vox, Trip Hop, Atlanta Urban, West Coast Urban, Latin Percussion and World Percussion, with more expansions slated for release during the following months.

In addition to stand-alone use, BeatHawk provides immediate connectivity for studio environments with full support for CoreMIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, AudioCopy, WIST Sync, MIDI-over-LAN and compatibility with class-compliant MIDI keyboards. Users can play BeatHawk from external keyboards, sequence from a desktop DAW, wirelessly sync multiple iPad sessions or export 24-bit stems and MIDI for further editing in desktop applications.

BeatHawk features

  • 16 track sequencer with up to 16 patterns.
  • 780Mb sound and instrument library included.
  • Trigger via. pad mode, keyboard mode or with external device.
  • Edit and tweak sounds with high-quality effects and ADSR envelope.
  • Sample from iPad built-in mic, line-in or external devices.
  • High-quality pitch and time stretching.
  • Choke groups and One-Shot sample modes.
  • Perform and record arrangements realtime.
  • Integrated sound browser with realtime preview.
  • Exclusive UVI sound libraries available via in-app purchase.
  • Jam with multiple iPads using WIST Sync over Bluetooth.
  • Export stereo mix, stems or MIDI files with one touch.
  • Easily transfer files via. iTunes App.
  • External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI.
  • Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, Audio Copy and WIST compliant.
  • Export: 44.1kHz 24-bit WAV.
  • Import: FLAC, WAV, MP3, MP4, or AIF.
  • iPad 2 or newer (iPad 4 or newer recommended).
  • iOS 7+

BeatHawk is available for purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD (regular $9.99 USD).

More information: UVI / BeatHawk

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Arturia unveils AudioFuse audio interface at NAMM

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Arturia has introduced its AudioFuse audio interface at The NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

Arturia AudioFuse

AudioFuse is a revolutionary audio interface that sets a new standard in audio quality and workflow. Enjoy the superior sound of high-end studio consoles from a compact and carefully-built chassis. Explore the expansive connectivity AudioFuse brings: all the major connection types are supported. Take control over your sound and instantly access your audio streams through the well thought-out interface. This is AudioFuse. You are in command. You are free.

AudioFuse features

  • Inserts — Add external line level devices such as compressors into the signal flow before the digital conversion.
  • MIDI In/Out — Connect any MIDI instrument or equipment with the supplied MIDI cable adapters
  • WordClock & S/PDIF In/Out — Sync to any Word Clock equipment or connect to any S/PDIF digital audio device.
  • ADAT In/Out — Connect to any ADAT equipment with up to 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs.
  • USB hub — 3-port USB hub to connect your master keyboard, USB stick or dongle.
  • USB connection — Connect AudioFuse to your computer, tablet or phone. Most features will be available even with only the USB power supplied by a computer.
  • Phono/Line inputs 3&4 — Connect external phono or line devices to these RCA+ground and balanced 1/4” inputs.
  • Speaker outputs A&B — Connect two pairs of speakers to these balanced 1/4” outputs for easy A/B monitoring.
  • Input control sections 1&2 — Direct access to each feature of analog inputs 1&2: input gain with vu-metering, true 48V, phase invert, -20dB pad and instrument mode.
  • Output control section — Direct access to each of the analog output features: output level with vu-metering, audio mix selection, mono mode, output dimming, mute, and Speaker A/B selection.
  • Direct monitoring — Enjoy zero latency monitoring of the recorded signals and blend them into your mix.
  • Phones control sections 1&2 — Direct access to each of the features of Phones 1&2 outputs: output level, mono mode and audio mix selection.
  • Talkback — Press a button to give directions to your talent who is in a booth or another room: use the talkback feature with the built-in microphone.
  • Input channels 1&2 — Connect microphones, instruments or line devices to the 2 XLR/balanced 1/4” combo inputs.
  • Phones output channels 1&2 — Don’t bother looking for a 1/4” or 1/8” phones adapter; AudioFuse has both connectors for each phones output.

AudioFuse will be shipping in Spring 2015 and available to buy in a choice of silver, grey, and black colour finishes for 549 EUR/$599 USD.

More information: Arturia / AudioFuse

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Mackie launches FreePlay Personal PA

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Mackie has announced FreePlay Personal PA, an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere.

Mackie FreePlay

Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications.

“FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers,” remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package.”

An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8 inch woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth capable device.

“The ability to incorporate a Bluetooth stream with live instruments sets FreePlay apart. Musicians are going to love being able to easily mix in backing tracks right from their mobile device,” commented Redmon. “And with hands-free music streaming, FreePlay is also an amazingly high-output music playback device perfect for parties, weddings and backyard BBQs.”

One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect™ app for iPhone and iPod touch (available soon). The FreePlay Connect app puts the user in control of everything – from simple level adjustments to control over professional performance features like a built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.

Mackie FreePlay on tripod

FreePlay’s immensely portable design is underlined by a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. Perfect for street performers or any application where wall power is either not available or difficult to get to, FreePlay sets a new standard for battery-powerable sound solutions. FreePlay also offers several optional accessories to round out its extreme versatility. A unique kickstand/ pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a durable carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.

“FreePlay is the most versatile PA we’ve ever created. You get a powerful, portable PA with wireless music streaming, amazing professional sound tools and the ability to control it all from your phone,” remarked Redmon. “Plus, with battery power, you can literally take FreePlay anywhere. We are excited to offer this level of sonic freedom.”

The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available beginning March, 2015, priced at a MSRP of $499.99 USD. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory ($24.99 U.S. MSRP), FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery ($69.99 U.S. MSRP) and FreePlay carry bag ($69.99 U.S. MSRP).

Come experience FreePlay and learn about its wide array of application solutions during 2015 Winter NAMM. Mackie is located upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B.

More information: Mackie

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Millennia ships HV-35P preamp

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Millennia HV-35P

Millennia has announced it is now shipping the new HV-35P portable preamp.

Millennia’s Portable Preamp Series starting shipping the second week of December. The first unit found its way to engineer/producer/songwriter/musician Dave Maswick.

Dave isn’t afraid of being first. Another first for him was on MTV’s very first day on the air (remember when they used to play music videos?) you may have seen him in the video for the hit song “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard”.

“Location recording made simple. The HV-35P is the perfect ‘mini’ addition to my mobile recording rig. It’s an ultra high-quality 500 series mic pre with no rack or lunchbox!”

“Who wouldn’t want one of these? Millennia better make a boatload of these little guys. Everybody needs at least one!”

The HV-35P mic preamp is Millennia’s acclaimed HV-3 circuit in a compact light weight chassis with external line lump power supply. It can also be powered from 12-15V battery packs.

The HV-35P features a front panel instrument input, DC coupled ribbon mic mode with 10dB gain boost setting, 80 Hz rolloff filter, 48V phantom, 15 dB Pad and Polarity flip. The gain control is continuously variable.

The HV-35P is available for purchase for MSRP $800 USD.

More information: Millennia / HV-35P

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