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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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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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