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Novation intros Launchpad Mini & Launch Control

Novation Launchpad Mini

Novation has introduced the Launchpad Mini and Launchpad Control, two new controller units.

Launchpad Mini

The Launchpad Mini is a compact version of the celebrated Novation Launchpad, featuring 64 three-colour launch pads and 16 performance buttons that enable you to produce and perform music with your iPad® – as well as your PC or Mac.

Launchpad Mini is part of the growing ‘Launch’ family of music-making gear. Partner Launchpad Mini with its bigger brother Launchpad S, grow your studio with a Launchkey or Launchkey Mini, and add high quality rotary controls with Launch Control.

They all work together to give you control over the Novation iPad apps – including the Launchpad iPad app and the Launchkey iPad app.

Launchpad Mini features

  • Compact Launchpad with the same powerful functionality as the Launchpad S.
  • 64 three-colour Launch pads – play loops, samples, sounds, and also control effects on iPad, Mac or PC.
  • 16 additional three-colour performance buttons.
  • Fully integrated with Novation’s Launchpad app for iPad.
  • Effortless integration with Ableton Live, just like the celebrated Launchpad.
  • The same high level of integration with FL Studio 11 as Launchpad S.
  • Connects directly to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included).
  • Tough, compact, trustworthy design.
  • Combine with the growing Novation Launch family of products for even broader integration with your music production software and apps.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for Mac or PC – plus Launchpad app for iPad.

The Launchpad Mini is scheduled for release in October 2013, priced at MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD at dealers.

Launch Control

The Launch Control is a robust, compact controller with 16 assignable knobs, eight three color launch pads, and four function keys – designed to be the perfect partner to Launchpad.

The perfect partner to Novation Launchpad, Launch Control works with all major music software – and with the iPad. Launch Control’s three colour pads can be used to play loops and samples, while the knobs can tweak filters, effects, levels, panning, and more.

Launch Control is the perfect partner for Novation’s Launchpad, the controller that changed the face of modern music performance with its grid of 64 multicoloured pads. To Launchpad, Launch Control adds 16 knobs, enabling you to transform performances and studio workflow – and another eight three colour launch pads.

Novation Launch Control

Launchpad Control features

  • Compact control surface with 16 knobs and eight three colour pads.
  • Perfect partner for Novation’s Launchpad, Ableton Live and FL Studio – plug and play with the built-in mappings, create your own and MIDI-learn parameters.
  • Integrates perfectly with the Launchpad app for iPad – control volumes and filters with the knobs, and trigger FX and clips with the pads.
  • Tough, portable and bus-powered – even from an iPad.
  • 448 controls using 16 on-board templates – eight factory templates and eight user templates to create and save your own control setups.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite – the music production software used by countless leading artists to produce and perform – and an extensive Loopmasters sample pack.

The Launch Control will be available in September 2013, priced at MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD at dealers.

More information: Novation

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Novation intros Launchkey Mini controller

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Novation has announced the Launchkey Mini, a compact new mini-key instrument/controller.

Novation Launchkey Mini

Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads – use them to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition Launchkey Mini features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.

Launchkey Mini works immediately with the new free-to-download Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and gives you hands-on control of major Mac and Windows based music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.

Launchkey Mini features

  • Go anywhere, play anywhere — Launchkey Mini is fully powered by iPad or USB – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s ultra-lightweight and easy to carry.
  • 25-note mini-keyboard — Fast action synth-style mini keys ideal for modern playing techniques.
  • 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads — Launch loops, samples, effects and more and get direct visual feedback.
  • Knobs and buttons for total control — Eight knobs, seven function buttons, and two performance buttons to enhance and control your sounds in real time.
  • Free software for iPad, PC, and Mac — Launchkey Mini is a fully-integrated instrument with the Novation apps for iPad, and provides hands on control of the included synths and music software for your Mac or PC.

The Launchkey Mini will be available to purchase in September 2013, priced MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD street.

More information: Novation / Launchkey Mini

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Native Instruments launches Traktor Kontrol S2 sale

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

Native Instruments has launched a limited-time special offer on Traktor Kontrol S2, reducing the price of
the compact all-in-one DJ controller system to $399 / 399 EUR throughout August 2013.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is a versatile integrated DJ performance system that set a new standard in the 2-deck category. Offering DJs a more portable alternative to the professional 4-deck KONTROL S4 system, the KONTROL S2 provides a versatile ’2+1′ setup with two full-featured playback decks as well as comprehensive mixing features and effects with the same acclaimed sound quality.

Integrated with the included full-featured TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, the 2+1 concept adds an additional third channel for Remix Decks which opens up a wide range of additional creative performance techniques beyond the typical two-deck paradigm in its product category.

All essential functions, including looping, cueing, effects control, and track browsing have dedicated hardware controls, allowing DJs to focus on performance and not the computer screen.

Traktor Kontrol S2 is available to purchase for $399 / 399 EUR until August 31 2013, or while stocks last. Traktor Kontrol S4 is also currently available at a reduced price of $599 USD / 599 EUR until August 31 2013, or while stocks last.

More information: Native Istruments / Traktor Kontrol S2

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Native Instruments launches TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, to natively connect to both the TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad and iPhone, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ App, the Z1 adds headphone cue, and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly portable mixing interface when compact size and professional performance features are needed.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

Following TRAKTOR DJ’s overwhelming popular success and warm critical reception, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now provides TRAKTOR DJ users with an all-in-one 2-channel mixer, controller, and 24-bit soundcard. Its dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel automatically map to the software, instantly giving DJs added tactile control over their iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups. The Z1′s cue section delivers headphone pre-listening of the next track for fluid, professional mixing, while the built-in 24-bit soundcard provides club-ready sound without the need for additional hardware. This combined with the Z1′s compact footprint gives users the most portable TRAKTOR DJ setup available today. With iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch turned on, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the device charged, assuring DJs hours of performance fun.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR and the included TRAKTOR LE software, DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. When combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 connects to iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which must be purchased separately from Apple.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $199 USD/199 EUR. A $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad is available for $19.99 USD from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com. The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone is available for $4.99 USD from the App Store iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

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Keith McMillen Instruments ships QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the shipping of its QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus
The QuNexus is a playable, portable, and powerful keyboard controller.

Featuring huge performance capabilities in a tiny footprint, QuNexus gives unprecedented expressive control with KMI’s patented Smart Sensor technology that transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus unites four generations of synthesis–CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC–for maximum flexibility.

“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.”

QuNexus re-imagines the portable MIDI keyboard with 25 vividly illuminated, Smart Sensor keys that are uniquely interactive and fun to play. QuNexus is designed to talk to analog synthesizers with Control Voltage (CV), USB, 5-pin MIDI hardware, and networked OSC applications.

“We are very excited about the arrival of QuNexus,” said John Grabowski, Senior Director of Merchandising at Sweetwater Sound. “Its innovative design and unique capabilities have already translated into strong pre-order demand.”

QuNexus features

  • 25 Smart Sensor keys detect velocity, pressure, and tilt.
  • Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch.
  • 2 CV/Gate inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
  • Pitch bend pad.
  • Octave up/down buttons provide a 7 octave range.
  • USB powered, receives power directly from iOS device or Mac/PC.
  • Class compliant for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Linux, no drivers required.
  • Portable: 3.3″ (84 mm) x 12.8″ (325 mm) x 0.43″ (11 mm), 0.76 lb (345 g).

The QuNexus is now available to purchase for $149 USD.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus

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Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 USB Pre-order

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Sonoma GuitarJack 2 USB

Sonoma Wire Works has announced that its GuitarJack 2 USB studio quality audio interface for desktop and mobile is now available to pre-order.

GuitarJack 2 USB portable audio I/O connects mics and instruments to your PC, Mac, and select mobile devices through a Micro USB connection.

Featuring a 1/4 inch instrument input, 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input, and 1/8 inch stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones, GuitarJack 2 USB contains the same pristine sounding 24-bit AD/DA converter as the acclaimed GuitarJack Model 2.

GuitarJack 2 USB features

  • Studio quality sound from a 24-bit A/D and D/A converter with analog front end and digital circuitry designed by renowned audio designer, Joe Bryan, famous for his work on the UA 2192.
  • 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input – nickel-plated, solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack.
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input – (no phantom power is provided).
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones provides incredible sound quality.
  • Micro USB connector.
  • Sleek and rugged aluminum shell with a brushed finish.
  • Device powered for ultimate portability – requires no batteries or power adapter.
  • Input Modes:
    • Instrument (1/4 inch) – mono Hi-Z.
    • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) – mono or stereo.

The GuitarJack 2 USB is available to pre-order for the introductory price of $129 USD ((U.S. shipping only, $199 USD MSRP). It is estimated to ship in June 2013. GuitarJack 2 USB is estimated to be available from select dealers worldwide in June 2013.

More information: Sonoma Wire Works / GuitarJack 2 USB

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Korg intros Kross music workstation

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Korg has announced Kross, a mobile synthesizer keyboard with impressive features.

Korg Kross

With the KROSS, the sounds and songs that you’ve created at home and the system that you use every day can go with you onto the stage or into the street! Featuring rich sounds that exceed its class, yet remaining highly portable, the KROSS is designed for practical usability.

There’s a convenient mic input and a built-in audio recorder, and it can run on 6 x AA batteries. It’s a distinctive new standard in music workstations, with specs and style that set it apart from all others.

Kross features

  • Stylish and distinctive red and black two-tone color design.
  • The lightweight body is only 4.3 kg/9.5 lbs (61-key model) or 12.4 kg/27.3 lbs (88-key model), and can be powered by 6x AA batteries.
  • Piano, electric piano, and drum sounds that exceed its class.
  • A wide variety of sounds that utilize twice as much PCM memory as previous instruments, and meet the needs of a broad range of musical styles.
  • Sound Selector makes it easy to find the sound you’re looking for.
  • Favorites function lets you register 64 selected sounds or audio songs for one-touch access – a great feature for live performances.
  • Pro-quality EDS-i sound engine built-in, with a total of seven effects available for simultaneous use.
  • External input jacks allow a mic or external audio source to be directly connected..
  • Quick Layer/Split function for on-the-fly versatility.
  • Stereo audio recorder allows you to record and overdub your performances and vocals.
  • Step sequencer inherited from the Electribe, a 16-track MIDI sequencer, a drum track, and an arpeggiator.
  • Connects to your computer via USB for plug-in integration with your favorite DAW.

The Korg Kross will be available in August 2013, priced at $699 USD (61-key) and $999 USD (88-key).

More information: Korg / Kross

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