Steinberg intros UR12 audio interface

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Steinberg has announced the UR12, its latest USB 2.0 audio interface, featuring 192 kHz audio quality, class compliant support for the iPad alongside a microphone input with D-PRE preamplifier, one high-impedance line input plus line outputs.

Steinberg UR12

The front side of the UR12 interface comprises one Neutrik XLR connector for microphones, and a high-impedance jack input, each with gain control and peak indicator. The panel also includes a headphones output, a master output volume control together with a direct monitor switch for zero-latency monitoring of the input signal. The rear panel features the analog RCA outputs, one USB 2.0 port and one mini USB port for connecting an optional USB power adapter plus a +48 V phantom power switch on channel 1 and power source selector for both USB ports.

The UR12 guarantees pristine sonic fidelity due to the studio-grade converters that feature a maximum sample rate of 192 kHz and 24-bit resolution alongside the built-in discrete Class-A analog D-PRE microphone preamplifier by Yamaha.

Freely available as download to all UR12 customers, Cubase AI provides a comprehensive set of tools for recording, mixing and editing audio. The UR12 is compatible with other major recording software applications, supports the iPad in class-compliant mode and includes drivers for Windows and OS X systems.

Product marketing manager for hardware, Stefan Schreiber, commented: “Together with Yamaha, we’ve come up with an extremely affordable interface that boasts an impressive feature set. If one adds its portable size, the all-metal casing and superb audio quality to the bill it’s clear that the UR12 is the first choice for mobile setups and small-spaced recording studios.”

The UR12 audio interface will be shipping in January 2015, priced at MSRP 119 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / UR12

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Balanced Audio Technology to celebrate its 20th anniversary with debut of new preamps and power amps at CES 2015

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Balanced Audio Technology

Balanced Audio Technology has announced it will celebrate its 20th anniversary at CES 2015 with the introduction of four new products: the VK-23SE and VK-43SE solid-state stereo preamplifiers and the VK-225 and VK-225SE solid-state stereo power amplifiers.

We cordially invite you to experience BAT’s refreshing approach to audio design and 20 years of audio engineering expertise at The Venetian during show hours at the show, taking place January 6-9 in Las Vegas.
The VK-23SE preamplifier, like all BAT preamps, features fully balanced circuit topology throughout. The VK-23SE utilizes BAT’s exclusive Unistage™ single-gain-stage, zero-feedback design, the shortest possible signal path and more to achieve superb resolution and musical accuracy. (SRP: $4,995.)
The VK-43SE is the company’s new top of the line solid-state preamplifier. It is a dual-monaural design and incorporates BAT’s Unistage zero-feedback topology and many additional refinements for extraordinary musical realism. The VK-43SE’s massive power supply delivers extremely wide dynamic capability (SRP: $8,995).

The BAT VK-225 amplifier uses a discrete bipolar output transistor design to provide exceptional clarity and dynamic authority. It delivers 150 watts per channel power output into 8 ohms, and features audiophile-grade components throughout, the shortest-possible signal paths with zero negative feedback and other attributes for superlative sound (SRP: $4,995). The VK-225SE amplifier (SRP: $6,495) adds BAT’s SUPER-PAK power supply circuit with greatly increased energy storage capacity, to convey music with effortless dynamic authority, nuance and realism.
At CES 2015, BAT is also showcasing its flagship REX II vacuum-tube stereo preamplifier and power amplifier and a host of its ultimate-performance audio components in a complete audio system featuring the AVID HiFi Diva II SP, Sequel SP and Acutus Reference SP turntables, Solidsteel’s new S3 and S5 entertainment racks and more.

The new Balanced Audio Technology components can be heard at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV, Suite 29-122, during show hours: Tuesday, January 6th – Friday, January 9th. You may also schedule an appointment to visit the room. Geoff Poor, Director of Sales for Balanced Audio Technology; Steve Shade, Director of International Sales; and other key people will be on hand to give you the news about Balanced Audio Technology’s latest components.

More information: Balanced Audio Technology

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Native Instruments launches Komplete Audio 6 Holiday Sales Special

Native Instruments has announced a limited-time holiday sales special on its Komplete Audio 6 audio interface.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

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 for purchase for $199 USD/199 EUR/£179 GBP until December 31st, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete Audio 6

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Waves launches DiGiGrid IOS audio interface

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Waves has launched DiGiGrid IOS, an audio interface with a built-in SoundGrid DSP server for plugin processing.

Waves DiGiGrid IOS

The IOS features 8 mic/line inputs with broadcast/studio-quality preamps, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs, and MIDI I/O, S/PDIF, and AES ins and outs.

IOS is the most comprehensive solution for Native DAW users (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton, Pro Tools Native, etc.), and is ideal for both professional and personal production studios.

DiGiGrid IOS comes with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software (the SoundGrid Studio Application, StudioRack, and the eMotion ST mixer). Used in combination with this software, the IOS lets you mix and monitor in real time using hundreds of your favorite SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins, with super-low latency of only 0.8 milliseconds.

DiGiGrid IOS features

  • 8 mic/line inputs, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs.
  • Built-in SoundGrid DSP server.
  • ASIO/Core Audio-compliant audio interface.
  • Software-controlled award winning preamps.
  • MIDI, S/PDIF, and AES/EBU inputs and outputs.
  • Connects via a single Ethernet cable (Cat 5e/Cat 6).
  • Quick-view front panel metering and status indicators.
  • High-definition ADC/DAC conversion.

DiGiGrid IOS is available for purchase for $3,760 USD.

More information: Waves / DiGiGrid IOS

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Studio Devil launches Winter Sale – Up to 40% off

Studio Devil has announced the launch of its Winter Sale, offering up to 40% off its effect plugins.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

If you were waiting for a reason to get the best tube modeling on the planet, well now’s the time!

Until December 31st, enjoy these awesome discounts on Studio Devil’s world-class tube modeling plugins…for Bass Amp Modeling, Guitar Amp Modeling, and Tube Preamplifier Modeling for your mix.

Studio Devil Winter Sale

  • Amp Modeler Pro: $89 (normally $149)
  • Bass Amp Pro: $69 (normally $99)
  • Virtual Tube Preamp: $79 (normally $129)

The sale ends on December 31st, 2014.

More information: Studio Devil

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