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M-Audio announces M-Track Eight audio interface

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M-Audio has announced M-Track Eight, an eightchannel, 24-bit USB audio interface designed for expanded recording capabilities with an ultralow-noise signal path, 112 dB signal-to-noise ratio, and zero-latency monitoring.

M-Track Eight
M-Track Eight will include Avid® Pro Tools Express with an iLok® USB key.

“The M-Track line is all about equipping recording musicians at every level with professional capability,” said JC Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “It has the best-quality microphone preamps on the market for the cost and it comes with Pro Tools, so, right away, musicians are equipped with pro-level hardware and software.”

M-Track Eight has 24-bit / 96 kHz (max.) digital audio for recording audio higher than CD quality and, as its name implies, M-Track Eight includes eight XLR+1/4-inch combo inputs to accommodate any source. All inputs are combo jacks with mic/line auto-sensing capabilities, and Channels 1 and 2 add an instrument level switch in addition to being front-facing, which allows for easy access when the unit is rack-mounted.

Two banks of 48V phantom power are onboard for use with condenser microphones. Outputs include eight 1/4-inch TRS, two pairs of 1/4-inch monitor outputs with A/B control, and two 1/4-inch headphone outputs, which are switchable between Outputs 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. M-Track Eight is class-compliant with Mac and a driver is included for PC.

M-Audio will exhibit M-Track Eight for the first time in Hall A, Booth 6700 at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

More information: M-Audio

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Universal Audio launches Apollo Twin audio interface

Universal Audio has introduced the Apollo Twin, a high-resolution desktop interface with realtime UAD processing.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

This sleek 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same high-quality 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio’s acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing. With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin allows Mac users to record in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins available in the UA Online Store, including titles from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, API and more.

Apollo Twin also introduces new Unison™ technology.* Built on an integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison unlocks the authentic tone of the most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.

Apollo Twin will ship with Universal Audio’s “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, the all-new 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, and more.

Apollo Twin features

  • Desktop 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency.
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs.
  • New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps.
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output.
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels.
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection.
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B Tube Preamp, and more.
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64.
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard.

Apollo Twin is now shpping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 USD (SOLO) and $899 USD (DUO).

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo Twin

* Unison Technology coming to Apollo DUO and Apollo QUAD in early 2014.

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Universal Audio announces Unison technology – Classic analog mic preamps for Apollo

Universal Audio

Universal Audio has announced its Unison technology, an audio processing breakthrough that enables the popular Apollo Audio Interfaces’ onboard mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps.

More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp’s analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.

“Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning — every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready,” says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. “The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It’s included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1.”

Unison features

  • An exclusive analog/digital integration system that’s already built into every Apollo mic preamp
  • Enables Apollo mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
  • Continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software preamp model.
  • Requires an Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

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Slate Digital intros Virtual Microphone System

Slate Digital VMS

Slate Digital has introduced the Virtual Microphone System, a new microphone system which includes two microphones, a dual pre-amp converter, and a software plug-in module.

Using a super clean and transparent microphone and pre-amplification chain in conjunction with The VMS software, Slate recreates the color and character of some of the most beloved classic mic’s and pre-amps used in the recording industry.

Switch between a virtual 47 and a ribbon 121 and try them through different preamps. Or put a virtual 57 on a snare drum or guitar amp. Zero latency means you can record directly into your DAW using these virtual mics and preamps. And do it all at a fraction of the price!

Slate Digital does it again with another groundbreaking product from the guys who really love this stuff.

The VMS will be demonstrated at the Winter NAMM 2014, booth #6921.

More information: Slate Digital / Virtual Microphone System

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MOTU intros 828x audio interface with Thunderbolt technology

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MOTU has announced its 828x professional 28×30 audio interface with Thunderbolt technology is now shipping.

MOTU 828x
Only the 828x gives you an award-winning combination of comprehensive features, inspired engineering, rock-solid performance, and connectivity to any Mac or PC with either Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0.

The 828x connects to a Mac or PC computer with ultra-fast Thunderbolt™ or hi-speed USB 2.0 and delivers DSP effects and mixing for all 28 inputs and 30 outputs with 32-bit floating point processing.

Effects include classic reverb, modeled analog EQ, and vintage compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A™.

Two mic/guitar “combo” style inputs provide transparent preamps, true hi-Z guitar input, and hardware limited signal overloaded protection. All analog inputs offer digitally controlled analog trim.

828x features

  • Highly-flexible 28-in/30-out audio interface with Thunderbolt and USB connectivity.
  • Easily manage complex routing configurations with CueMix FX software mixer.
  • Built-in DSP gives you high-quality reverb, EQ, and compression on inputs, outputs, and headphone mixes.
  • Can be used as a standalone mixer with complete front panel control.
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control.

The 828x is available to purchase for MSRP $999 USD.

More information: MOTU / 828x

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112dB updates Redline Equalizer to v1.0.4 & Redline Preamp to v1.0.2 + 50% off

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112dB Redline Equalizer

112dB has updated its Redline Equalizer and Redline Preamp effect plugins, including a 64-bit version for Windows & OSX and several bug fixes.

Redline Preamp emulates an analogue preamp. It livens up any digital or “too clean” signal by adding warmth, character, and overall mojo. But unlike many other saturation plugins, Redline Preamp doesn’t stop at just a single (or at most a few) analogue devices. Instead we captured the essence of what makes analogue gear sound so, well, analogue and provide controls to sculpt the effect to your liking.

Redline Equalizer is a variable-phase EQ. Before Redline EQ made its appearance the world of equalizers was firmly divided into linear-phase (software) and non-linear phase (software or hardware) equalizers. Redline Equalizer combines the two and gives you access to the entire spectrum, from linear phase via almost-linear phase all the way to full analogue-style phase shift – and even beyond!

Changes in Redline Equalizer v1.0.4 / Preamp v1.0.2

  • New:
    • 64-bit VST & AU version for Windows & MAC OS
  • Improvements:
    • Drag & drop authorization was removed (to simplify the authorization process & enhance compatibility with ProTools 10)
    • [Redline Equalizer] dB representation in the Tube section has been changed. Was: <0dB – 24dB>. Is now: < -24dB -0dB>
  • Bug fixes:
    • Knob & slider parameters didn’t show up correctly in native editors and external controllers.
    • Sample rate wasn’t retrieved correctly from the host (AU): EQ-frequencies were off at non-44.1 sample rates.
    • Latency wasn’t communicated correctly to certain hosts.
    • Several memory leaks.

Redline Preamp and Redline Equalizer are available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS). To celebrate the update, 112dB is offering 50% off both plugins until 14th January, 2014.

More information: 112dB

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LVC-Audio releases PreAMPed v1.0.1 beta + Free Giveaway Contest

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LVC-Audio PreAMPed beta

LVC-Audio has released public beta version 1.0.1 of its PreAMPed audio plugin that recreates many of the qualities of analog preamplifiers.

The purpose of the release is to ensure that as many bugs are fixed before releasing the final version of 1.0.1.

The beta release contains many new features, as well as numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Changes in PreAMPed v1.0.1 beta

  • Added bypass buttons for preamp, saturation, EQs, and stereo controls.
  • Added 2x, 4x, and 6x oversampling with linear-phase filtering and latency compensation for mix control.
  • Added A->B comparison ability to each knob (double-click will return the knob to the previous value, and right-clicking a knob will set a new previous value).
  • Made demo bypass less annoying (shorter duration of bypassed sound, and longer intervals between bypassed sound).
  • Improved waveform display.
  • Fixed VST3 format error.
  • Fixed Clip LED from remaining stuck on when knob was adjusted.
  • Fixed overlapping text (increased GUI size).
  • Improved preamp buttons.
  • Improved knob position indicators on small knobs.

PreAMPed for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $47.70 USD. The demo version of the public beta is also available to download.

LVC-Audio is offering a chance to win a free license of PreAMPed to those who are willing to test the beta release.

If you find a bug or have a suggestion, please submit a quick message using the following beta contact form. If you don’t find a bug, just have a suggestion, or want to enter to win a free plugin, you can use the same beta contact form.

LVC-Audio will select several names from the list to receive free licenses of PreAMPed. Although any bug submission or suggestion is welcome, multiple entries will not increase the odds of winning a free license (i.e., one entry per person). Licenses will be awarded shortly after January 1.

More information: LVC-Audio / PreAMPed beta

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Sound Performance Lab intros Phonitor 2 headphone preamp

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Sound Performance Lab has announced Phonitor 2, bringing preamplifier/monitor controller functionality and remote controllable volume to the headphone preamp.

SPL Phonitor 2

We are uber-happy to introduce the successor of our legendary Phonitor headphone preamp. We have kept all proven features while incorporating some major improvements — as such, the new Phonitor can be used as the ultimate monitor controller and preamp for three different sources.

Likewise, we revised the 120-Volt technology in order for it to perform better, which resulted in our measurement gear being outclassed. Even our creative team got even more creative and came up with a fascinating name: “Phonitor 2.” There’s only one thing that remained unchanged: the price.

Phonitor 2 features

  • 120 Volt headphone amp and preamp/monitor controller.
  • For dynamic and balanced headphones.
  • For all headphones with an impedance of >10 Ohms (>40 Ohms for balanced headphones).
  • Volume adjustment with any remote control.
  • Frequency response: 4Hz – 480kHz (-3dB).
  • THD+N: HP 0.00091 %, Line output 0.00085%.
  • Dynamic range: HP 133.62dB/Line 134.37dB.

The Phonitor 2 costs MSRP 1,649 EUR.

More information: SPL / Phonitor 2

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