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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

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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

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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

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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

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Steinberg announces UR44 audio interface

Steinberg has announced that its new UR44 audio interface will be available in January 2014, further extending the UR range of USB 2.0 interfaces.

Steinberg UR44
Steinberg UR44 six-in, four-out USB audio interface, featuring comprehensive connectivity, studio-grade sound quality and great software bundle.

With up to 192 kHz and 24-bit audio quality, MIDI input/output, Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps and its class-compliant mode for iPad use, the UR44 is a portable production studio with ample connectivity choices.

“The UR44 caters to all your needs: the build quality is outstanding, the sound quality superb, use it with the massive software bundle or hook it up to your iPad. All this in a portable size that allows you to easily carry it around with you,” said Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “You cannot possibly expect more from an interface!” Schreiber exclaims further.

The UR44 is a USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface with six inputs and four outputs. It offers latency-free monitoring with the DSP-powered REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip in Cubase, or any other DAW software via the included dspMixFx application. Four Neutrik combo inputs boast D-PRE microphone preamps and phantom power, Hi-Z attenuation on inputs 1 and 2 and line attenuation on inputs 3 and 4, and two headphone jacks plus two additional balanced line inputs on the rear panel. Also available on the back panel are four balanced line outputs alongside two main outputs, MIDI I/O and a switch to class-compliant mode.

With the included software bundle, the UR44 transforms into a full system solution for recording music in studio quality. Cubase AI 7 is based on the same core technologies as Steinberg’s highly acclaimed Cubase advanced music production system, providing tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing. The Basic FX Suite consists of a range of VST effects and sound-processing tools: the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, the REV-X reverb and Guitar Amp Classics with guitar amp simulations developed by Yamaha.

UR44 features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • 4 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48 V phantom power.
  • 4 analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (mic/Hi-Z on input 1/2 and mic/line on input 3/4), 2 TRS line inputs.
  • 4 line outputs (TRS balanced), plus 2 main outputs L/R (TRS balanced).
  • MIDI input and output.
  • 2 separate headphone buses with individual outputs.
  • Latency-free DSP powered monitoring with REV-X reverb and Sweet Spot Channel Strips with any DAW by using the latest dspMixFx technology, including Basic FX Suite VST plug-ins.
  • Rugged full-metal housing.
  • Includes Cubase AI DAW software download version.
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS.
  • iPad connectivity thanks to CC mode (with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit).

The UR44 interface will be available in January 2014, for a suggested retail price of 349 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / UR44

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Steinberg intros Cubase BackPack limited edition portable recording system

Steinberg Cubase BackPack

Steinberg has announced the Cubase BackPack, a portable recording and production solution featuring Cubase Artist 7 and the UR22 interface that ensures a charitable contribution to sustainable development in Africa.

“With Cubase BackPack, we’re offering immediate savings on Cubase Artist and the UR22 audio interface,” comments Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “But more importantly, by teaming up with Joint Aid Management, every purchased bundle supports a child in Africa with food for an entire month.”

Cubase Artist 7 includes eight VST instruments including HALion Sonic SE, the Padshop granular synth and Retrologue plus a suite of 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors.

The UR22 USB 2.0 audio interface boasts 192 kHz audio quality, with two TRS/XLR combo inputs, two TRS outputs, MIDI connectivity and a single headphone output for latency-free monitoring. Its two studio-grade D-PRE mic preamps provide switchable phantom power for using all types of microphones.

Steinberg is donating a portion of the profits from the Cubase BackPack sales to Joint Aid Management, a humanitarian organization that offers sustainable development in Africa since 1984 and currently helps around 1,000,000 children through its nutritional feeding program.

Head of JAM Deutschland Sabine Wenz says: “We’re happy about the smooth cooperation with Steinberg, and their contribution to our cause.”

Cubase BackPack features

  • Cubase Artist 7 music production system with complete audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • UR22 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps supporting +48 V.
  • Analog 2 in and 2 out plus headphone output with individual volume control.
  • MIDI input and output for connecting of external gear.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Includes 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,000 presets, including new HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth and Retrologue virtual analog synth plus MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Comes with a suite of 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, DJ-EQ and MorphFilter.
  • Latency-free hardware-based monitoring with a Mix knob.
  • Cross-platform 32-/64-bit software application and drivers for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.

Cubase BackPack is available at selected Steinberg resellers for MSRP 349 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase BackPack

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Keith McMillen Instruments announces iOS 7 compatibility for QuNexus

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Keith McMillen Instruments has announced it is now offering native compatibility with iPhone and iPad through iOS 7, unlocking MIDI functionality and enabling simple connection with the QuNexus portable keyboard.

Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the most expressive instruments for making music with mobile devices and computers, today confirmed that QuNexus now works natively with iOS 7, and can be powered by your iPhone or iPad without any additional software drivers. So, artists are free to create on their favorite mobile devices.

Get the most expression and control out of your mobile apps by plugging in the QuNexus, one of the most playable, portable and durable keyboard midi controllers available on the market. QuNexus is class compliant and works natively with any system that supports MIDI.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus

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