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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

Apogee launches MiC 96k

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Apogee Electronics has announced the release of MiC 96k, a professional quality microphone for GarageBand on iPad, iPhone and Mac.

Apogee MiC 96k

Apogee MiC 96k is a digital microphone designed to deliver studio quality recording you can take anywhere. Use MiC 96k to record vocals, spoken word, acoustic guitar, piano, drums…anything! Inspired by the most revered and classic microphones in history, MiC 96k is designed to sound amazing and be easy to use with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one compact device. Apogee has carefully designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone. And it all fits in your pocket.

MiC 96k features

  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality.
  • Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone.
  • Up to 96kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion.
  • Studio quality microphone preamp with up to 40dB of gain.
  • No configuration, just plug in and record.
  • Control knob allows easy input level adjustment.
  • Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring.
  • Designed for vocal and acoustic instrument recording.
  • Also great for recording interviews, podcasts, voice overs, and audio for DSLR video.
  • All metal construction.
  • Extremely compact and portable.
  • Works with GarageBand.
  • Bus-powered by iPad, iPhone or Mac (no batteries or external power required).
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The MiC 96k is now shipping worldwide, priced at $229 USD.

More information: Apogee Electronics / MiC 96k

CEntrance launches MixerFace mobile recording interface Indiegogo campaign

CEntrance has announced a crowd-funding effort to speed up the production of MixerFace, its new mobile recording interface for smartphones and tablets.

CEntrance MixerFace

MixerFace connects professional microphones with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The small, battery-powered mobile device includes two studio-grade microphone preamps and rich digital connectivity options, enabling professional-quality recording on the go.

The new product comes on the heels of CEntrance’s successful “HiFi-M8″ (pronounced HiFi-Mate) portable DAC and headphone amp for the audiophile listening community. 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 features

  • Two custom, discrete, boutique microphone preamps, based on our new, low-noise dbpre technology.
  • Each input features a Neutrik combo XLR jack with mic / line inputs and a wide-range gain control. Inputs can accommodate a guitar pedal board, as well as keyboards and other XLR or 1/4″ audio sources.
  • A Hi-Z input has been requested and may be added.
  • Two LED level indicators per channel (green for signal present, red for peak)
  • 48V phantom power for using professional condenser microphones. Switchable per channel.
  • 24-bit / 192kHz A/D and D/A converters.
  • An innovative monitoring and mixing section that allows to pan each channel and control the dry/wet signal mix in the headphones.
  • Loud headphone amplifier with digital volume control.
  • Fully portable operation. Fits right underneath the phone, straps right to it and serves as a cradle, forming one device to hold.
  • Works with old 30-pin iPhones and new lightning connector-based iPhones. Shorter cable options will be available as well.

The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $52,000 USD by January 31, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

MixerFace is set for release in April 2014 and will be priced at $599 USD, while Indiegogo contributors can save a significant amount and be the first to receive the new product well in advance of stores.

More information: MixerFace

Future Loops releases Total Producer 4

Future Loops Total Producer 4

Future Loops has announced the release of Total Producer 4, a limited edition collection of its entire catalog, available at a discount for a short period of time.

Future Loops is proud to present…Total Producer 4! It’s the highly anticipated return of the extremely limited edition and deluxe sample collection specially created for the Holiday season!

To celebrate this festive time of the year we have compiled the most extensive and versatile sample library ever! Like a sample beast that just keeps on sampling, Total Producer 4 is a collection like no other: simply unrivaled in size, quality and value for money (total savings of 4.000€ !!!)!

Browse through more than 150 award-winning sample packs from the Future Loops catalog and dive in a music production paradise with over 250 GB of premium samples, loops, one-shots, kits, sound fx, vocals, instruments, drums, soundsets and more!

Total Producer 4 features

  • 266 GB (after conversions to other formats and content duplication).
  • Over 300.000 samples.
  • 166 sample packs in several styles, genres, instruments and formats!
  • Content is loaded to a 2.5″ portable external hard drive: Plug and Play device, USB 3.0 powered hard drive that requires no external power supply.

The bundle is available to purchase for 799.95 EUR.

More information: Future Loops / Total Producer 4

Native Instruments launches Traktor Kontrol Z1 & Komplete Audio 6 Winter specials

Native Instruments has announced Winter special promotions for its Traktor Kontrol Z1 compact DJ mixing interface and Komplete Audio 6 audio interface.

Traktor Kontrol Z1 promo

Until January 10, 2014, customers can purchase TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 and receive a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software for free.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the portable all-in-one DJ mixing interface designed for TRAKTOR DJ or TRAKTOR PRO 2. As a 2-channel mixing controller and 24-bit soundcard, the Z1 offers dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and a 3-band EQ for each channel. All of these hardware features automatically map to TRAKTOR DJ or the TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, giving DJs instant hands-on control over their mobile DJ setups. When used with the included power supply, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the connected iOS device charged, ensuring hours of performance.

Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a vast selection of over 30 effects. In addition, integrated Remix Decks technology allows DJs to instantly record, loop and sample audio for on-the-fly remixing. Regular price for TRAKTOR PRO 2 is $79 / 79 € / ¥ 7,800.

Komplete Audio 6 sale

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is a premium 6-channel audio interface with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI, and low-latency performance. Two balanced microphone inputs are equipped with high-end preamps and 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters for professional sound quality. The unit is bus-powered, and housed in a sleek, rugged metal casing for dependability in all production settings.

The included software suite featuring Cubase LE and KOMPLETE ELEMENTS adds sequencing and synthesis.
This combination of professional audio interface paired with powerful software gives users a complete production package at an outstanding value.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $ 199 / 199 € / ¥ 19,800.

The promotions end January 10th, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments

IK Multimedia launches iRig KEYS PRO Mobile MIDI Keyboard

IK Multimedia has announced the expansion of its iRig KEYS line with two new products for mobile musicians: iRig KEYS PRO and iRig KEYS with Lightning connector, compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS PRO

iRig KEYS PRO is a true “plug and play” professional-quality programmable MIDI controller designed specifically for making music on the go with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Even with pro features like mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable “sets” for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob, iRig KEYS PRO is 30% smaller than any other full-size key MIDI controller that can be played with two hands.

iRig KEYS PRO also has powerful programming features that are useful during live performance and in the studio. Players can program iRig KEYS PRO with different set-ups and store them in one of the 4 “Set” banks. When iRig KEYS PRO is in Edit mode, the user can set the MIDI transmit channel, velocity (touch) response, assign Control Change numbers to the Volume/Data knob, send custom Program Change messages, transpose the keyboard in semi-tones and more. iRig KEYS PRO is also right at home in the studio, and works seamlessly with DAW software, including GarageBand, Logic Pro and many others.

iRig KEYS PRO features

  • 37 velocity-sensitive full-sized keys (a 3 full octaves range plus one note).
  • Modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • Volume/Data knob (assignable).
  • Octave/Program Up/Down back-lit, soft-touch buttons.
  • SET button to store and recall 4 different customized setups.
  • Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal.
  • Core MIDI (iOS) and USB class compliant (Mac/PC) – plug and play.
  • Powered from the iOS device or Mac/PC USB.
  • Comes with SampleTank FREE iOS and iGrand Piano FREE apps (download from the App store).
  • Comes with free Mac/PC virtual instrument: SampleTank 2 L (download from IK User Area).
  • Includes Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables.

The iRig KEYS PRO is available to purchase for 119.99 EUR.

iRig KEYS with Lightning is the first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC.

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS

iRig KEYS with Lightning connector is IK’s new version of the ultra popular iRig KEYS portable mini keyboard and now comes with a Lightning-connector cable for connecting iRig KEYS to the newest Apple devices, including the new iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5 series.

It shares the same powerful features of iRig KEYS PRO but with a more compact build so it only takes up minimal space on your desktop and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.

The iRig KEYS with Lightening connector costs 99.99 EUR. The Lightning Cable is also sold separately for 24.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig KEYS

IK Multimedia ships iLoud portable stereo speaker

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IK Multimedia iLoud

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLoud, the first portable stereo speaker designed for musicians.

Now is your chance to be among the earliest to own the first portable stereo speaker that is truly designed with musicians and audiophiles in mind. iLoud combines superior power with spectacular audio resolution and amazing low end. For the first time, musicians can have a portable speaker that sounds like a studio monitor, and allows them to create high-quality compositions and accurate mixes on the go.

Featuring rechargeable battery operation, pristine frequency response, and the flexibility of both Bluetooth and wired operation, iLoud makes it possible to compose, record, and mix anywhere from a mobile music rig. It gives you the convenience of a cableless connection, together with the performance of a hi-fi speaker, and offers a superior listening experience at home, with your friends, and on the go.

As it’s name implies, iLoud is much louder than your average portable speaker. With a full 40 Watts of sonic power, iLoud sounds two to three times louder than comparable-sized speakers. It provides a richer, more powerful sound for any type of music style from rock to hip-hop to electronic.

iLoud features

  • 40 W total musical power – twice as much as comparable size speakers.
  • Superior low frequency extension and sound accuracy.
  • Bluetooth and stereo analog line input.
  • Battery powered with auto standby, 10 hours normal usage.
  • iRig® input for guitars and dynamic mics for iPhone/iPad processing.
  • Highly portable – easily fit in a laptop bag or a backpack.
  • Ideal for music reproduction and music creation.

iLoud is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / 239.99 EUR (excl. tax).

More information: IK Multimedia / iLoud

AudioFront updates MIDI Expression to v1.0.1.0

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AudioFront has announced version 1.0.1.0 of its MIDI Expression firmware and control application.

MIDI Expression is a pedal to USB MIDI interface.

This update brings a new mode for sustain pedals and footswitches called Control Change Dual CC, allowing a single pedal to send two different MIDI messages depending on how long it’s pressed.


The updated MIDI Expression features dual CC mode.

Changes in MIDI Expression v1.0.1.0

  • New Features:
    • Dual CC mode.
    • Factory Reset Button.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue with supporting the Berhinger FCV100.
    • Fixed toggle mode host synchronization.
    • Fixed lag while device saves internal presets.

MIDI Expression costs $49 USD.

More information: MIDI Expression