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Roland intros STUDIO-CAPTURE audio interface

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Roland has announced the STUDIO-CAPTURE USB 2.0 audio interface, the new flagship of the acclaimed CAPTURE family of computer-based recording interfaces.

Featuring pro-level performance, generous I/O that includes 12 premium-grade mic preamps, and a flexible, mobile design that’s equally at home in the studio or on the road, STUDIO-CAPTURE sets an all-new standard in USB audio interfaces.

STUDIO-CAPTURE offers a powerful, versatile solution for today’s musicians, composers, and recording engineers. It delivers quality equivalent to dedicated rackmount audio interfaces costing much more, all in a compact, go-everywhere package that’s ideal for traveling production, tabletop use in home studios, or permanent installation in commercial recording facilities.

Roland STUDIO-CAPTURE
Roland Studio-Capture 16×10 interface with 12 premium mic preamps.

STUDIO-CAPTURE features

  • High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production.
  • 16 audio inputs and 10 audio outputs, including 12 premium mic preamps (VS PREAMP).
  • VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac.
  • AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps.
  • Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons.
  • Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes.
  • XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs.
  • Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT.
  • Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver.
  • 2U rackmount ears included.

More information: Roland / STUDIO-CAPTURE

Precious Sound releases PreBrute for Kontakt

Precious Sound PreBrute

Precious Sound has announced PreBrute, the worlds first sample based Kontakt synth based on the Arturia MiniBrute.

We were lucky to get our hands on one and decided that it would be a ideal synth to sample for our engine. We have spent many months painstakingly sampling the synth with 4 different signal chains.

Our flavour system is just that you can select along the 4 oscillators what waveform and flavour (sampling chain) to choose from, so you have 20 waveform choices but 80 possible choices per Osc including the different flavours.

While sampling PreBrute we pushed our preamps hard to imprint characteristics of the actual pre to the sound resulting in subtle/extreme changes.

We also tracked the raw sound to cassette tape using a Tascam 122mk3, we tracked at a slow speed to naturally roll off some of the high end giving the tape waveforms a really warm and smooth sound.

PreBrute features

  • 2.16GB Kontakt 5 Library.
  • 7,612 24bit samples.
  • “4Scoop” engine for Kontakt.
  • Includes 45 presets.

PreBrute is available at a special 25% off festive discount until January 7th, 2013, priced at £30 GBP (regular £39.99 GBP). Prices inc. VAT. Owners of any “4Scoop” based product are entitled to a additional 10% discount part of a newly established Loyalty Scheme.

More information: Precious Sound / PreBrute

Studio Devil releases Virtual Tube Preamp plugin

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Studio Devil Virtual Tube Preamp

Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Tube Preamp, a tube preamp modeling effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This product marks a new advancement in non-linear circuit modeling. We have created new algorithms and techniques to improve the accuracy and authenticity of vacuum tube and analog circuit modeling that we like to call “second-generation” Studio Devil technology. By focusing on modeling a single-stage tube preamp, we have been able to place a larger amount of CPU resources on this one task. The result is the most advanced and highly accurate digital reproduction of tube preamp analog circuitry.

Virtual Tube Preamp features

  • Discrete Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Channel using the best vacuum tube modeling technology available to faithfully emulate the dynamic and expressive nature of real vacuum tube preamplifiers using Studio Devil’s proprietary vacuum tube circuit modeling technologies.
  • Input Drive Control adjusts the strength of the signal feeding the input grid of the virtual tube preamplifier.
  • Output Level Control to adjust the output signal strength and to compensate for low drive settings.
  • Bass Contour Control to sweep the value of the cathode bypass capacitor which controls the low frequency and dynamic saturation responses of the preamp.
  • Treble Rolloff Control to tweak the value of intrinsic and parasitic capacitances in the simulated vacuum tube preamp, giving control over the natural warmth and softness associated with real vacuum tube preamps.
  • Bias Switch to select from two preset tube bias levels which vary the interaction of gain, asymmetrical drive, and dynamics of the preamplifier.
  • Invert Switch permits controlling the phase of the preamplifier and the polarity of the class-A asymmetry.
  • CPU Switch adjusts the modeling algorithm to balance the tradeoff between accuracy and CPU load allowing multiple instances to run on even slower workstations.
  • Overload LEDS assist in setting healthy levels by indicating when the input signal is overdriving the tube preamp and when the output level clips.

The Virtual Tube Preamp is available for the introductory price of $99 USD through December 31st, 2012 (regular $129 USD). Existing Studio Devil users can get the plug-in for $79 USD.

More information: Studio Devil / Virtual Tube Preamp

Native Instruments launches KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 and GUITAR RIG 5 PRO Bundle Sales Special

Native Instruments has launched a special time-limited offer on KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 audio interface.

From now until December 31, all customers who purchase the critically acclaimed audio interface will receive a free download of NI’s flagship instrument amplifier and effects suite GUITAR RIG 5 PRO on top. The offer is available at local retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop, and represents a saving of $199 / 179 EUR.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 Special
Get a free copy of the Guitar Rig 5 Pro with a purchase of 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 housed in a sleek, rugged metal casing for dependability in all production settings. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is bus-powered for portability, and the two balanced microphone inputs are equipped with high-end preamps and 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters to ensure its sound quality matches its reliability. The included software suite featuring Cubase LE and KOMPLETE ELEMENTS adds sequencing and synthesis, giving users a complete production package at an outstanding value.

With GUITAR RIG 5 PRO free on top, users gain a virtual studio full of creative effects, guitar amps, cabinets, and microphones to shape their tone to perfection. The CONTROL ROOM PRO feature puts users behind a virtual mixing desk, allowing them to select specific cabinets, microphones, and microphone placements and blend them together for truly customized tone. The expansive and diverse range of creative tools opens a powerful world of sonic possibilities for guitarists, producers, and sound designers alike.

Together the bundle contains everything necessary for guitarists, songwriters, and musicians to make studio-quality tracks at an incredible saving.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is available at local retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $ 249 / 229 EUR. GUITAR RIG 5 PRO is provided as a free download when users register the KOMPLETE ELEMENTS software included with KOMPLETE AUDIO 6.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete Audio 6 Special

Sontronics launches SONORA 2 + STC-20 & STC-3X Mic Packs

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Sonictronics has announced the launch and immediate availability of SONORA 2, a dual-channel solid-state preamp/DI that has been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.

Sontronics SONORA 2

The SONORA 2 preamp features Sontronics’ proprietary Class A vintage circuit design and is capable of delivering an exceptional standard of audio reproduction with a classy, silky finish for an outstanding price. For ultimate recording and monitoring flexibility, SONORA 2 has two combined XLR & 1/4” jack inputs plus four individual outputs (two XLR, two TRS jack) as well as a –20dB pad, 75Hz high-pass filter, 180° phase reverse switch and 48V phantom power on each channel. Its lightning-quick dynamic ability combined with a linear frequency response and a powerful 66dB of crystal-clear gain and a huge +23dBu of headroom means SONORA 2 is an ideal choice for any professional studio, home or live environment.

Sontronics’ founder, designer and MD Trevor Coley says: “SONORA 2 represents two years of sheer hard work and dedication and I’m so proud of the fact that we’ve done it all, from the circuitry right up to the packaging, right here in the UK. SONORA 2 has all the build quality and attention to detail you’d expect from Sontronics as well as its own signature smooth sound. It really will let you hear more of what actually matters.”

Sontronics STC-3X

Sontronics has also released two new all-in-one recording packages – the STC-20 PACK and STC-3X PACK – each including a condenser mic and free accessories to get the home or studio musician achieving professional studio-quality recordings in minutes.

The new Sontronics all-in-one mic packs are intended for anyone wanting to start recording straight away. The STC-20 PACK (£209 RRP) includes Sontronics’ best-selling affordable STC-20 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic with gold-sputtered one-inch capsule. The STC-3X PACK (£305 RRP) includes Sontronics’ brand new STC-3X condenser mic with three polar patterns – cardioid, omni and figure-of-eight – plus a pad (0, -10, -20dB) and high-pass filter (linear, 75Hz, 150Hz). Available in black or silver, the STC-3X is the ultimate in versatility and flexibility for any studio.

Both packs include the following accessories:

  • spider-style shockmount with two spare elastics
  • nylon-mesh pro-quality popshield
  • 5-metre XLR cable
  • zip-up microphone pouch

The SONORA 2 is available to purchase for RRP £699 GBP. The STC-20 and STC-3X will be available November 5th, 2012, priced at RRP £209 GBP and £305 GBP respectively. Prices inc. VAT.

More information: Sontronics

IK Multimedia updates AmpliTube Custom Shop to v3.9—New Orange & Carvin models available now

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IK Multimedia Orange & Carvin models in AmpliTube Custom Shop

IK Multimedia has announced the release of AmpliTube Custom Shop 3.9 software for Mac and PC, which brings with it a selection of dream machines from two top amp manufacturers, and expands the total Custom Shop collection to over 265 individual pieces of gear.

Running standalone or as a plug-in for all major formats, version 3.9 debuts new officially certified models of Orange® and Carvin® amps and cabinets, all available for individual purchase from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.

New models in AmpliTube Custom Shop v3.9

  • The Orange® OR50 head brings back those late ‘60s and early ‘70s beefy Britishrock crunch tones, yet cleans up nicely with a twist of your guitar’s volume knob. It’s a 50-watt all-tube model featuring a simple control layout: Preamp Gain, 3-band EQ, HF (high-frequency) Drive, and a Master Volume.
  • The Orange® AD200 Bass Mark III offers straight up bass tone with simple controls and beautifully constructed bass response. The original amp was so good that for years it was the only bass amp Orange manufactured.
  • The Orange® Dual Terror is a dual-channel amp features a “Fat” channel for ultrawarm rhythm and smooth-distorted lead tones, and the “Tiny Terror” channel, which dials in tones from clean to ear-crushing.
  • New Orange® Bass Cabinets include the Orange OBC410, the OBC-115 Single 15”, and the OBC-810 8×10”. Each cabinet model features a dual-mic section with blend controls and a room-ambience control with dual room mics for creating the perfect ultra-realistic recording space.
  • AmpliTube Custom Shop now includes the officially certified model of the versatile Carvin® V3M guitar head, featuring 3-channel operation plus a global mastercontrol section. Channels 1 and 2 are identical “lead” channels, each with a 3-way drive switch, channel volume and 3-band EQ with an EQ “X” control for adjusting the mid-frequency point of the bass and treble controls. Channel 3 is the “clean” channel, with a 3-way drive control and the same EQ setup. The master section controls the overall volume, reverb and Boost levels. The IK model features a selectable power mode with 50W, 22W or 7W options.
  • Also new is the Carvin 2×12 V3M, the matching cabinet.

The new models are available now to AmpliTube Custom Shop 3.9 users (free update). The gear models in the Custom Shop are sold using Gear Credits and are priced between 5 and 30 credits each. Gear Credit Packs start as low as $19.99 USD / 14.99 EUR (for 20 credits) and go up to $299.99 USD / 224.99 EUR (for 500 credits).

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Custom Shop

Gobbler’s Favorite Things: Win Focusrite Forte audio interface

Focusrite Forte

Gobbler is offering you a chance to win one of its “Favorite Things”, the Forte USB audio interface by Focusrite.

Despite the physical size of the prize, we can tell you that this week’s Gobbler’s Favorite Things is going to be a biggie!

We’ve teamed up with Focusrite to offer you the new professional 2 in, 4 out portable USB audio interface, Forte ($749 MSRP).

Forte features two remote-controlled mic preamps which are in fact the same mic pre’s that’s featured in Focusrite’s top-flight RedNet range. This super portable and super awesome interface is built into a solid aluminum case, features a color OLED display with touch controls and a single large control knob.

The ability to record your tracks from anywhere and then back your pristine project up to Gobbler, makes the Forte one of Gobbler’s Favorite Things!

To enter the contest simply use Twitter or Facebook to share the Gobbler/Focusrite post for the particular day of the contest AND enter your info into the Gobbler/Focusrite sign up list on the blog post.

The contest ends September 30th, 2102, 11:59:59PM PDT.

More information: Gobbler

Focusrite intros Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface

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Focusrite has announced its new Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface.

Hot on the heels of the recently announced Forte and iTrack Solo, Scarlett 2i4 is the latest USB audio interface to join the line-up.

As the name suggests, 2i4 is a 2 in, 4 out audio interface with two of the award-winning Focusrite mic pres that are also found on the rest of the Scarlett and Saffire ranges, right up to the Liquid Saffire 56. It boasts superb quality digital conversion at 24bit/96KHz with a real world dynamic range of 105dB, with features such as a headphone output for flexible monitoring, phantom power, pad switches and MIDI i/o for connecting digital pianos or controller keyboards.

It comes in an anodised, brushed aluminium case which makes it tough enough to be truly portable. This means 2i4 is a great solution for laptop performers and digital DJs, who can also take advantage of the 4 outputs to set up cue mixes whilst sending the master output to the DJ mixer.

Focusrite 2i4

Scarlett 2i4 features

  • 2 in / 4 out USB audio interface.
  • 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion.
  • 2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers.
  • Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis.

The Scarlett 2i4 will be available October, 2012.

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett 2i4