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AudioFront launches MIDI Expression interface

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Audiofront MIDI Expression

Audiofront has announced MIDI Expression, a USB pedal interface.

MIDI Expression is a very compact class compliant USB MIDI device that allows different types of pedals to interface with your computer. Pedal sensing technolgy built into the device detects the type of pedal plugged in and automatically adjusts its settings to support that device.

MIDI Expression has four built-in configurations or presets–one for expression pedals, one for sustain pedals, one for hihat controllers, and one for footswitches. When you plug-in a pedal, the MIDI Expression detects its type and automatically loads the corresponding configuration. A software configuration application can be used to change a number of settings for each of the configurations including, Chan, CC, and response curve and more. All settings are stored in the device itself for portability.

MIDI Expression features

  • Pedal Sensing Technology detects the type of pedal plugged in and reconfigures the device to ensure optimal performance and compatibility.
  • Graphical preset editor.
  • Editable expression curves.
  • Compact portable design.
  • Class Compliant (no driver required).

MIDI Expression is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: AudioFront / MIDI Expression

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Steinberg updates Cubasis for iOS to v1.6

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Steinberg Cubasis for iOS

Steinberg has released version 1.6 of Cubasis for iOS, a portable music production system.

Cubasis is Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. Record tracks in CD audio quality, and edit your music with the Key and Sample Editors, while the included mixer and audio effects polish your song to perfection.

Cubasis comes loaded with dozens of virtual instrument sounds which can be played in real time using the virtual keyboard and drum pads. Cubasis’ projects can be even opened in Cubase under Windows and OS X! Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.

Changes in Cubasis v1.6

  • New pristine audio engine with extended sample rates (44.1/48/96kHz) and bit rates (16/24-bit).
  • Real-time playback of arbitrary audio file formats (44.1/48/96kHz and 16/24/32-bit) independently of the project’s sample rate and bit depth.
  • Up to 24 assignable physical outputs.
  • Assignable metronome output and pan.
  • MIDI Clock latency compensation slider.
  • Audio input gain adjustment option for audio interfaces and external microphones.

The Cubasis app is available from the Apple App Store for $49.99 USD. Previous customers can download the update free of charge.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis for iOS

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Akai Pro intros MPC Element

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Akai Professional has announced MPC Element, a new MPC unit which combines with the all-new MPC Essentials software at a groundbreaking price to make the iconic MPC music-making experience available to everyone.

Akai MPC Element

Adding to their industry-leading MPC line, which includes the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers, Akai Professional has now introduced MPC Element along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials. With dimensions similar to popular tablet computers, MPC Element is Akai Professional’s most portable MPC yet, and it’s also the most affordable with a price of just $149.99 USD.

“This is professional music-making capability for everyone,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional (@Akai_Pro).

An MPC for Everyone

MPC Element includes classic MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo technologies and, like MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element’s pads are multicolor as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive. “It’s versatile. We’ve designed MPC Element to be as powerful as you need it to be. You can easily load your own samples, quickly make beats, or dive deep into the included sound library and get down into the details,” said Gill.

The MPC Element will be available to purchase in October 2013, priced at $149.99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / MPC Element

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Keith McMillen Instruments launches QuNeo Rogue Indiegogo campaign

Keith McMillen Instruments has launched an Indiegogo campaign for its newest product— QuNeo Rogue, an integrated wireless connectivity and long lasting battery power accessory for KMI’s QuNeo pad controller.

KMI QuNeo Rogue
Giving artists unprecedented freedom, now anyone with a QuNeo can use Rogue to get out from behind their gear and into the spotlight.

What is Rogue?

  • Rogue is an accessory for the QuNeo that supplies long lasting battery power and an incredibly robust wireless connection to a computer.
  • Rogue attaches quickly and easily to the bottom of your QuNeo with low-profile velcro.
  • Battery life for Rogue exceeds 12 hours (in time-trials we saw it function over 16 hours).

Artists say…
“The idea of having a really sophisticated controller that’s completely wireless would really open up a lot of opportunities that currently don’t exist.” – Dan Deacon (yes, that Dan Deacon!)

“I love this controller; it’s absolutely amazing. They’re going to make my favorite controller even better- by making it wireless!” – Thavius Beck (Producer/Artist, Dubspot Instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer)

“KMI told me about the Rogue and my brain started flipping out a little bit.” – Jack Conte (Pomplemoose, Patreon) (built a QuNeo playing robot!)

The campaign aims to fund $10,000 USD by October 24th, 2013. Contributors can get various perks, including being one of the first to get a Rogue ($350 USD + $50 USD international shipping).

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNeo Rogue

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Machinewerks launches Kickstarter project for CS X51 control surface

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Machinewerks has launched a Kickstarter project for the CS X51, a USB/MIDI control surface for electronic musicians & DJs.

The Machinewerks CS X51 was born out of the sheer frustration of not being able to find the Control Surface we wanted.

Everything was either too big, too heavy or didn’t have the controls we needed, often they would have a lot of things that nobody wanted. It seemed to us that the market place is flooded with control surfaces that set out to be everything to everyone and have ended up being no use to anyone!

The design of many existing Controllers also leaves us cold. Cheap lumps of plastic designed to keep the costs down, with no look or feel to them at all.

Time For A Change

We decided from the start to design something beautiful, something pure, something people would want to use and own.

With 30 years experience of playing live and in the studio we know what’s needed for a working artist/DJ; This is why we’ve designed the Machinewerks CS X51.

Maschinewerks CS X51
The CS X51 USB/MIDI control surface is 100% programmable & compatible.

CS X51 features

  • 28 x Potentiometer Rotaries: All fully assignable.
  • 7 x 45mm Potentiometer Sliders: All fully assignable.
  • 16 assignable buttons in a 4×4 matrix, each with a cool blue assignable LED (LEDs can respond to clip status messages).
  • USB and 5 pin DIN MIDI In & Out for full bi-directional MIDI support.
  • 9v DC power connector for computerless setups.
  • Plug & Play: USB Powered*, no drivers required.
  • 100% programmable midi mapping to any hardware or computer.
  • MacOS, Windows & Linux Compatible.
  • Works out of the box with Ableton, Traktor, Reason, Cubase, Logic and any other programmable DAW.
  • Aluminium Body.
  • Anodised Body with Powder Coated Base.
  • Portable: 390mm x 184mm x 57mm Weighs 1.4kg.
  • RoHS compliant.
  • Designed & Built In Sheffield, UK.

The Kickstarter project aims to have £27,000 GBP pledged by Saturday Oct 5th, 2013.

More information: Machinewerks / CS X51

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Philips and Armin van Buuren intoduce M1X-DJ System

Philips M1X-DJ System

Philips and Armin van Buuren have launched the M1X-DJ System, a combined DJ controller and sound system.

Combining a sleek design aesthetic and easy-to-use interface with innovative technology, the M1X-DJ allows anyone who wants to mix, play and share their music in one portable device. It combines a DJ controller and sound system that comes integrated with an Apple Lightning connector and Bluetooth® connectivity and works seamlessly with the djay 2 app from Algoriddim.

“Fans often ask me what equipment they should buy when they want to start mixing themselves,” said Armin. “A lot of kit can be expensive, so with the M1X I wanted to create something that’s accessible for everybody. The other great thing about the M1X is that you can play it wherever you want, whether that’s the beach, the park or your street: it’s the ghettoblaster reinvented for today.”

“Music drives us, especially in its ability to let people express themselves through their own unique sound,” said Ruggero Nardone, senior manager consumer marketing, audio at Philips Lifestyle Entertainment. “The M1X-DJ makes mixing, playing and sharing tracks simple. Everyone loves a great party and this product will deliver a great music experience, whatever the setting.”

“We are thrilled about the release of the M1X-DJ,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “djay users of any skill level will be excited to control their music in a whole new way with this unique new DJ system.”

The Philips M1X-DJ System includes speakers that output an impressive 80-Watts of sound. Optimized for iPad® and compatible with the iPhone 5®, the system includes an Apple ‘Lightning’ connector and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Using the djay 2 app, you can switch between tracks on your playlist or mix tracks together for a sound that is truly your own. The integrated DJ controller allows you to mix and scratch your music using two professional grade platters, cross faders and controls – just like a professional DJ would use.

The system is simple to use and provides an authentic DJ experience for beginners to professionals, depending on how you choose to use the features. With multiple inputs and outputs, aspiring artists can link up multiple M1X-DJs or bigger stereo systems for a more club-like sound. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to share your favorite music from Bluetooth-enabled devices. When the party moves outside or to a remote location that may not have accessible power, the M1X-DJ will play for five hours with D cell batteries.

To help make the most of your mix, the Philips M1X-DJ works seamlessly with Algoriddim’s djay 2, an intuitive DJ app that makes it easy to get started fading and mixing tracks. Downloaded by millions of users around the world, Algoriddim’s djay has won the prestigious Apple Design Award and has charted as the #1 top paid app on the iTunes App Store. The app makes it easy to get started for beginners and has advanced features for those with more experience.

The Philips M1X-DJ Sound System will be available in November 2013 with a recommended retail price of 399.95 EUR.

More information: Philips

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IK Multimedia announces iRig PRO

IK Multimedia iRig PRO

IK Multimedia has introduced iRig PRO, an audio/MIDI interface for iOS.

iRig PRO is a high-quality, battery powered universal audio/MIDI interface that lets you connect a microphone, guitar, bass or line-level source — or a MIDI controller — to your iOS device or Mac.

Small enough to fit in your pocket, iRig PRO comes with Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables, allowing connectivity with any iOS device or Mac. You also get a selection of IK music apps and software so you can rock right out of the box.

iRig Pro features

  • Balanced input for a mic-, line-level, or Hi-Z source, via XLR/1/4″ combo jack connector.
  • Preamp gain control.
  • High-quality mic and instrument preamp, low noise, high definition.
  • High-quality A/D conversion.
  • MIDI IN, compatible with iRig MIDI cables.
  • +48V phantom power provided by included 9V battery.
  • Sturdy, durable construction.
  • Powered by mobile device or USB when plugged into Mac.
  • 30-pin, Lightning, USB, and MIDI cables included.
  • Comes with complete suite of music-making software and apps:.
    • For Mac: AmpliTube Metal, T-RackS CS Classic mastering suite, SampleTank XT sound workstation.
    • For iOS: AmpliTube FREE for iOS (including Metal W amp, Metal 150 amp, Wharmonator stomp, X-Flanger stomp after registration); SampleTank FREE, a sonic workstation with 48 additional exclusive sounds (after registration); iGrand Piano FREE (includes Grand Piano 1 with Upright Piano 1 and Rock Grand 1 available after registering the app and hardware, respectively). And with the FREE iGrand Piano app, registering your iRig PRO instantly removes the 4-octave range limitation giving you access to all 88-notes of the instrument as in the full version.

iRig PRO will ship in September, priced at $149.99 USD / 119.99 EUR (exc. taxes).

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig PRO

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