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PreSonus introduces RC 500 channel strip

PreSonus has announced the RC 500, a top-of-the-line channel strip for professional recording engineers and recording musicians.

PreSonus RC 500

The RC 500 combines an ultra-low-distortion, high-gain, solid-state Class A preamplifier with the same custom-designed FET compressor and semi-parametric EQ circuitry found in the highly lauded PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip. The result is consistent, transparent, detailed audio, suitable for a wide variety of applications, and reminiscent of classic, vintage solid-state preamp designs.

The newest member of the PreSonus family of preamps/processors, the RC 500 was designed by PreSonus engineering ace Robert Creel (hence, “RC”), who also designed the PreSonus XMAX™ preamp, the ADL 700, and many other favoite PreSonus analog circuits. For some time, the PreSonus offices have buzzed with rumors that Creel was working on an amazing and very special solid-state preamp; happily, the rumors were true!

Creel’s new microphone preamp features a Class A hybrid input stage with discrete transistors and the latest-generation, low-distortion operational amplifiers. The design maintains the sonic qualities of Class A and benefits from the repeatability in performance of the operational amplifier.

Compared to a tube preamp, this solid-state preamp offers better definition at the edges of its frequency response range. High frequencies are crisper and low frequencies are tighter, producing a transparent, musical signal that retains the “airiness” of a room and provides a more three-dimensional result than a tube mic preamp can deliver.

Of course, the preamp sports 48V phantom power, polarity invert, and a -20 dB pad. In addition, it includes a 12 dB/octave highpass filter set at 80 Hz.

The RC 500’s FET compressor perfectly complements the new solid-state preamp. Controls include fully variable attack (0.5 to 10 ms), release (30 to 500 ms), and threshold (-25 to +20 dBu), as well as hardware bypass. Ratio is fixed at 3:1.

FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressors use transistors to emulate a triode-tube sound. This type of compressor generally provides a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors that are more commonly found in channel strips in this price class. Combined with the consistent repeatability of the RC 500’s solid-state preamp, this is sure to make the new channel strip a favorite in pro studios.

The 3-band semi-parametric EQ was designed with musicality in mind, combining isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtler signal shaping without harsh artifacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges between the mid and high bands and fixed Q (0.5). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak.

Both the Compressor and EQ sections feature a relay bypass.

Rear-panel XLR mic and line inputs (with front-panel Input Select switch) and a front-panel ¼” TS instrument input accept a variety of sound sources. Dual-mode analog VU metering enables monitoring of output and gain-reduction levels. A master level control adjusts the overall output from -80 to +10 dB.

With its extensive feature set, ultra-low noise (-102 dB S/N ratio), 50 dB gain (mic input, with the pad out), extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 25 kHz (±1 dB), and top-of-the-line, consistently repeatable sound, the RC 500 is a superb creative tool for serious recording engineers and musicians.

The RC 500 is expected to ship in September 2013 with an anticipated MAP/street price of $999.95 USD.

More information: PreSonus

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Line 6 releases POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor

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Line 6 has introduced the new POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor, the successor to the POD HD500.

Line 6 POD HD500X
With even more processing power, POD HD500X enables musicians to create more intricate sounds and signal chains than ever before. Professional-grade, backlit footswitches provide total control and are highly visible in any environment.

“POD HD500X is the ultimate tool for the creative guitarist,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “HD500X has a world-class collection of amps and effects that enable guitar players to get the tone they’re after, both in the studio and on the stage. And with more DSP power, tour-grade footswitches and a higher contrast display, HD500X is the best POD yet.”

Like its predecessor, POD HD500X features an unparalleled collection of HD amps. From vintage classics to modern powerhouses, each HD amp provides incredible sonic depth, character and touch nuance. POD HD500X also includes more than 100 studio and stomp effects, enabling guitarists to emulate classic signal chains or discover unique new sounds.

With unparalleled flexibility and more processing power than anything in its class, POD HD500X is built for tone customization. It features dynamic DSP, so guitarists have the freedom to decide which effects to use, and where to place them. They can add even more effects to their signal chains than with any other POD.

POD HD500X features professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings that are easy to see from anywhere on stage. The robust bent-metal chassis and die-cast expression pedal make POD HD500X ideal for performance.

POD HD500X is the perfect foundation for any guitar system, whether used live through a traditional guitar amp or full-range system, or in the studio as part of a computer-based recording setup. POD HD500X integrates seamlessly with a James Tyler® Variax® guitar and DT amp or StageSource® speaker to form the Line 6 Dream Rig—the only system that can be virtually any rig.

POD HD500X

  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel.
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously.
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics.
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones:
    • Dual signal paths
    • Multiple routing options
    • Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects
    • Stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation.
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp and more.
  • Variable input impedance.
  • L6 LINK™ connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource® series loudspeakers.
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler® Variax® guitars.
  • 512 user-writable preset locations.
  • Eight set list banks.
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters.
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch.
  • Built-in chromatic tuner Tap tempo.
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar and die-cast expression pedal.
  • Downloadable POD® HD500X software editor/patch librarian.

The POD HD500X is available for MSRP $699.99 USD ($499 USD street).

More information: Line 6 / POD HD500X

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Studio Devil launches Summer Sale

Studio Devil Summer Sale

Studio Devil has announced a Summer Sale, offering its effect plug-ins at a discount for a limited time.

Studio Devil is running its first Summer Kickoff Sale! You thought it was gonna be hot this year? Hotter than Hell with Studio Devil…check this out…

If you were waiting for a reason to get the best tube modeling on the planet, now’s the time.
Until June 30th, 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:

  • Amp Modeler Pro: $79 (normally $149)
  • Bass Amp Pro: $59 (normally $99)
  • Virtual Tube Preamp: $69 (normally $129)

The sale ends June 30th, 2013.

More information: Studio Devil

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Universal Audio ships Apollo 16 audio interface

Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

UAD Apollo 16
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

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TK Audio updates BC1, DP1 and The Blender

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TK Audio has announced the availability of updated products.

TK Audio BC1-S, DP1mk3 & S-Blender
TK Audio’s updated units: BC1-S, DP1mk3 & S-Blender.

After a couple of successful years for our products BC1, DP1 and The Blender we decided it was time to make them even better.

We have updated them with some new and useful features which will make them even more user friendly.

The stereo bus compressor BC1mk2 has become BC1-S where S stands for stepped. All controls are now stepped for 100% recall and the circuits have been further improved for even lower noise.

DP1 has turned into DP1mk3. It is still the same dual channel preamp with a unique design including both vintage and modern circuits but now we have improved the input stages for lower noise and distortion and a HP-filter has been added after the input stage.

Our bus processor The Blender now goes by the name S-Blender, because this one has got new stepped controls for 100% recall. This is the perfect tool for mixing and mastering and the circuits have been improved for even lower noise and distortion.

More information: TK Audio

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Focusrite intros Scarlett 18i8 & Scarlett 6i6 audio interfaces

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Focusrite has announced the 18i8 and 6i6, the latest Scarlett USB 2.0 audio interfaces which aim to suit producers and bands small or large.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8
Scarlett 18i8 – 18 in/8 out USB 2.0 audio interface with 4 Focusrite mic preamps.

Scarlett 18i8 (18 in, 8 out) and the 6-in, 6-out 6i6 are the two latest additions to Focusrite’s popular range of Scarlett USB 2.0 interfaces. Both are aimed at recording artists, producers and bands, and both feature the award-winning Focusrite mic pre, designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer interfaces, alongside Focusrite’s renowned precision 24/96 conversion. In addition to Mac® and Windows® operation, both are compatible with iOS® devices like the iPad®.

Scarlett 18i8 includes four Focusrite mic pres, plus the ability to also record up to four line inputs at the same time. With the on-board ADAT input you can connect external mic preamps such as the OctoPre MkII, for up to 12 mic inputs, and the unit also includes S/PDIF I/O.

In addition to dual Focusrite mic pres, Scarlett 6i6 features a stereo line input, making it possible to capture, for example, two vocals, stereo piano and guitar at the same time. Both models feature Scarlett’s signature red unibody metal chassis for road-ruggedness and the unique “signal halo” LED rings around the input controls, indicating green for good levels and red for overload. Both also include dual independent headphone outputs with level controls and a large main monitor knob.

The interfaces will be available in June, 2013, priced at £199.99 GBP (Scarlett 6i6) / £299.99 GBP (Scarlett 18i8). Prices inc. VAT.

More information: Focusrite

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Ignite Amps updates NRR-1 tube preamp plugin to v2.0

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Ignite Amps NRR-1

Ignite Amps has updated its free NRR-1 custom 3 channels tube preamp effect plug-in to version 2.0.

NRR-1 is a digital emulation of a three channels tube preamplifier for guitar. It has been developed to accurately model its real harware counterpart, built for Fleshgod Apocalypse guitarist Cristiano Trionfera by Ignite Amps, back in 2009.

The NRR-1 core circuit is mainly based on a famous boutique preamplifier made in ’88, modded to suit Cristiano’s needs in the best possible way. It can deliver tones from jazzy clean, to blues or rock crunch, to modern bonecrushing metal rhythms and leads, with everything in between.

Changes in NRR-1 v2.0

  • Native x64 support for Windows/OSX (VST/AU).
  • New modeling engine for circuit simulation:
    • Improved math models stability and accuracy.
    • Improved dynamic and transient response for triode stages.
    • Improved frequency dependent triode/load interaction.
    • Increased filters complexity and accuracy for interstage circuits and tonestacks.
  • Changed VST ‘UniqueId’.
  • Reworked GUI.
  • Minor bugs fixed.

The NRR-1 plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.

More information: Ignite Amps / NRR-1

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