Mackie intros DL32R digital mixer with wireless control

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Mackie has introduced the DL32R, a powerful new 32-channel digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad app.

Mackie DL32R
The DL32R features complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+™ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

The DL32R 32-channel wireless digital mixer with iPad control will be available worldwide in Q4, 2014, priced at a MSRP of $2499.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / DL32R

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Shattered Glass Audio releases SGA1566 tube preamp plugin

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Shattered Glass Audio has announced the release of SGA1566, a free tube preamp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Shattered Glass Audio SGA1566
Shattered Glass Audio’s SGA1566 can be used to add warmth to a track, as a saturation compressor, or to add “dirt” with tube overdrive.

SGA1566 is loosely based on a single channel vintage tube preamplifier. We have made some changes to the original schematic, added tone controls, and made it stereo.

To achieve the most authentic analog sound, the whole circuit is simulated in real time using the high performance circuit simulator. However, this level of sound fidelity comes at a price of high CPU utilization.

For cases where such a CPU hit is prohibitive, we have added a model that is significantly less CPU intensive but slightly less accurate than the circuit simulation.

SGA1566 features

  • Authentic analog sound through real-time high-performance circuit simulation.
  • Preamp featuring two 12AX7 voltage amplification stages.
  • CPU friendly model of the circuit.
  • Two-band active Baxandall EQ that can be placed either at the beginning or at the end of the signal chain.
  • Up to 4x oversampling.
  • Mono or stereo processing mode.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Shattered Glass Audio / SGA1566

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Apogee launches Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface

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Apogee Electronics has announced its new Ensemble 30×34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac.

Apogee Ensemble

The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box.

Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O.

Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration when creative lightning strikes.

Ensemble Thunderbolt features

  • 8 MiC preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit.
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip).
  • Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs.
  • Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button.
  • 2 PurePower headphone outputs.
  • 10 separately assignable analog inputs.
  • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion.

The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt will be available October 2014, priced at $2,495 USD.

More information: Apogee / Ensemble

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TASCAM intros US-2×2 & US-4×4 audio/MIDI interfaces

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TASCAM has introduced the US-2×2 and US-4×4, two new USB audio/MIDI interfaces that combine great-sounding audio, solid drivers and innovative, functional design.

Tascam US-4x4

The US-2×2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. The US-4×4 adds two more Ultra-HDDA preamps and two more balanced line outputs for a total of four inputs and four outputs.

Both interfaces include class-compliant drivers for use with tablets like the iPad when using a power supply (included with the US-4×4, optional on the US-2×2.) The units require no driver installation on Mac OS X, and all-new high-performance drivers are being written in-house for Windows ASIO use. Each of the interfaces includes MIDI in and out, as well as two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

The all-aluminum case was designed by The Box design studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your neck around.

With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-2×2 is the perfect choice for desktop and mobile studios.

US-2×2 / US-4×4 features

  • Two (US-2×2) / four (US-4×4) high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain.
  • Two-in/two-out (US-2×2) / four-in/four-out (US-4×4) USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
  • XLR/1/4” combination input jacks.
  • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring.
  • High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
  • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
  • Independent line out and headphone level controls.
  • MIDI Input and Output.
  • Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
  • Optional power supply (US-2×2) / Power Supply included (US-4×4, required for use)
  • Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

More information: TASCAM / US-2×2 & US-4×4

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Kazrog intros Recabinet 4 + Preorder

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Kazrog has announced Recabinet 4, the upcoming new version of the speaker cabinet simulation plugin, which will feature Thermionik.

Recabinet 4 with Thermionik

Nearly 4 years after revolutionizing the world of speaker cabinet simulation with Recabinet 3, the innovation expands in Recabinet 4 to include amp modeling with Thermionik. The result of 3 years of R&D, Thermionik represents a quantum leap forward in modeling accuracy, capturing every detailed nuance of the real-world tube amps it models, achieving a level of realism unmatched by even the most sought after dedicated hardware amp modelers – at a fraction of the cost. Thermionik also offers the innovative capability to mix and match preamp and power amp sections from different amps, to create hybrid sounds never before possible.

Included in Thermionik are: Modern Classics v1, which contains models of some of the most popular modern amps, as well Kazrog Essentials v1, which contains some useful original creations. More amp models (including vintage and boutique rarities) will be added to the Thermionik lineup over time, in the form of paid add-on amp packs (free with VIP license.)

Recabinet 4 is available for pre-order for $79.99 USD / $199.99 USD (Recabinet 4 VIP). Recabinet 3 users can preorder the upgrade to Recabinet 4 for $29.99 USD / $99.99 USD (Recabinet 4 VIP Upgrade).

More information: Recabinet

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