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Seelake intros AudioStation X64 & 3D AudioStation

Seelake has announced its AudioStation X64 and 3D AudioStation workstations.

AudioStation X64 is a powerful hardware workstation for live shows, designed as a player for VST plug-ins with a fully-featured mixer, multitrack audio player with Audio/MIDI click, advanced MIDI patchbay, several audio and MIDI inputs and outputs, and is fully manageable from a dedicated remote controller or from an iPad.

Seelake AudioStation

AudioStation X64 features

  • 64-bit embedded-type OS based on the Microsoft Windows 7 kernel, specifically built and optimized for audio signal processing.
  • Intel i5 and i7 quad-core CPUs.
  • Up to 32GB memory.
  • 64-bit VST host-mixer with 32-bit bridge, 100% compatible with any 64-bit and 32-bit VST plugins on the market.
  • Support for any MIDI-USB and Ethernet controllers.
  • Remotely controlled and programmed also from iPad via WiFi (the WiFi signal is generated from AudioStation – no Internet connection or extra hardware needed).
  • Even more functions to control the parameters of the plugins.
  • Compatible with any DAW and music software for Windows 7.

The 3D AudioStation is a workstation for 3D multichannel audio.

It meets requirements for multi-channel production from 5.1 to 3D spatialization for live. A suite of proprietary plug-ins provides all the most important techniques of spatial 3D, including the latest Auto Depth Spherical Surround of 3D AudioStation.

This workstation allows you to use these technologies in critical contexts, such as live concerts, theatrical performances and live electronics, in addition to audio post-production studio.

Seelake will showcase its products at Winter NAMM 2014, booth #7410, Hall A & Arena.

More information: Seelake

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NAMM 2014 – Feature Fest for Kemper Profiler Players Software Version 2.3 showcased

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Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and unique Kemper Profiler present a range of new features that significantly extend the Profiler’s tonal and sonic capabilities for guitar and bass players.

Kemper Amps Profiler Rack

Kemper Amps constantly update the Profiler Software for architectural enhancements, performance and effects updates. Version 2.3 new features include:

Parallel Path for Bass Processing

This is a feature dedicated for electric bass, can be utilized with any other instrument as well, of course. The Profiler offers a variety of profiles for bass players already, as well as loads of effects and distortion FX that can be used in combination with a bass. But, just like with traditional bass rigs when playing through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can loose some fundamental bass frequencies. That’s why a parallel feed of the clean bass signal usually is mixed in parallel to the distorted or otherwise processed signal for maintaining the bass frequencies and the original dynamics.
The Profiler now features an optional parallel signal path from the instrument input straight to the output for exactly this purpose, bypassing the Stack section and all effects including the delay and reverb. When the parallel path is activated, it also grabs Stomp A and B away from the regular signal path and puts both into the parallel path. This provides Stomp A and B for applying a compressor and an equalizer individually to the parallel path, while Stomp C and D and the effects remain in the regular signal path. This is great for both live and recording situations.

Analog Octaver – Not only for bass players’ delight

The analog octaver is a classic effect usually used by bass players. But of course it can be utilized for any instrument. The analog octaver adds two lower octaves (-1 and -2) to the original signal. This is achieved with a modeled analog detection circuit which manipulates and filters the input signal. The Analog Octaver should be used for single notes only as intervals or chords might create unstable results.
The Kemper Profiler octaver model features significantly improved tracking for faster response compared to the original devices. The LowCut parameter finally reduces the energy of the low notes. This allows for higher levels of both low octave voices without having to deal with deep growl and rumble produced.

NSA for Tempo – Beat Scanner

The Beat Scanner is a great alternative to using the TAP tempo. The activated Beat Scanner algorithm will listen to the rhythm of the guitar and detect the accurate tempo in BPM in a few seconds. It is not required to play anything special, any riff should do if played with certain accuracy. Beat Scanner allows for creating tempos between 80 and 160 BPM. The Beat Scanner won’t detect whether the tempo is 70 BPM or double – 140 BPM. It will choose 140 in this case.

Headphone Space

The Headphone Space parameter adds a small room simulation to the master signal. When listening to sound coming from loudspeakers the reflections from the floor, the walls and objects around add to the original sound. Even a mono signal will result in a stereo image once the room reflections reach the ears. When listening through headphones these missing reflections result in an artificial listening experience that quickly leads to listening fatigue. To avoid this, the Profiler now features the Headphone Space effect allowing to add virtual reflections to the headphone signal delivering a sense of room and natural space. Even a mono signal will result into a subtle, pleasing stereo image.
Hard wired to the Profiler’s headphone out the space effect can also be utilized for listening through regular speakers or for recording. For this purpose the space effect is also available for the post stack effects slots.

Pedal Vinyl Stop

Vinyl Stop is a variation of the already available Pedal Pitch effect. While Pedal Pitch can create a “dive bomb” effect three octaves down, Pedal Vinyl Stop will turn the pitch of the instrument down to exactly zero by swelling up the pitch pedal, just as you would stop a vinyl record with your hand. No sound is heard, until you swell the pitch pedal down again, making the instrument sound as the motor has turned back on again. No pitch adjustments available or necessary with this effect, just put the pitch pedal to the metal.

Reamping – everything built in to run High and Dry

The method of Reamping is very popular in studios and means recording the unprocessed instrument signal while recording the processed amp signal at the same time on separate tracks. This allows for feeding the unprocessed guitar signal at a later time to an amp again to experiments with various settings that might cater for a better mix without the need to play the guitar a second time. Usually some special equipment is required to convert the high impedance guitar signal into an appropriate signal at studio level for recording. The opposite “reamping” path from the recording to the tube amp needs appropriate processing as well. In case of the Profiler this is much more straightforward and easy as the connections and impedances of the Profiler already deliver all the required connectivity for reamping right out of the box. Both recording the pure instrument signal and reamping can be performed either via the analog outputs and inputs or the SPDIF connections.

Version 2.3 of the Profiler Software will be available for free to registered users of the Kemper Profiler during the first quarter of 2014.
More information: Kemper Amps

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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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Variety Of Sound teases SlickHDR effect plug-in

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Variety Of Sound has posted a teaser image of the SlickHDR effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound SlickHDR

Since quite a while, I’ve dreamed about a brand new series of plug-ins which will combine the strength of both worlds: analog modeling on the one side but pure digital techniques on the other – incorporating techniques such as look-ahead, FIR filtering or even stuff that comes from the digital image processing domain, such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing.

First encounter: SlickHDR

High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing is something pretty much new in the audio domain. While there are lots of theories and implementations available about HDR imaging, this is quite new and sparingly adopted in the audio domain. SlickHDR is going to be a very first approach in applying high dynamic range processing to audio within a VST compatible plug-in.

More information: Variety Of Sound

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Detunized releases Cobweb Library (Live Pack & Universal WAV)

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Detunized Cobweb

Detunized has announced Cobweb, a Live Pack & Universal WAV library featuring manipulated speech samples.

Each single sample of the library passed through a sophisticated processing chain in order to remove the original informations of the words.

What´s left after processing is the sound that is hidden between the lines. It´s an interesting collection of distinctive noises and syllables that don´t deny their origin of the human beeing´s speech but are also abstract enough to work as source material for odd soundscapes.

Cobweb Live Pack contains 45 carefully crafted Instrument Racks that work as perfect starting points for further explorations in sound. Cobweb Universal contains a selection of 47 processed speech samples with embedded loop points.

Cobweb is available to purchase as a download, priced at 9 EUR.

More information: Detunized

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Abeem Live Technologies releases Rack Performer 1.0 modular host

Abeem Live Technologies Rack Performer

Abeem Live Technologies has announced the release of Rack Performer 1.0, a pro-audio software for live performance, sound design and real-time audio processing.

Rack Performer is a high-level modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with MIDI support, multi-channel audio I/O and internal processing, complete automatic patch-delay compensation, sample accurate sequencing, low jitter and latency.

As a platform dedicated to stage performance, Rack Performer helps the live musician at every step from the rehearsal to the concert.

Rack Performer features

  • High-level modular host.
  • Over 100 internal modules.
  • VST plugins support.
  • Scene Snapshots.
  • Virtual Screens.
  • Low jitter sample-accurate sequencing engine.
  • Multichannel audio processing.
  • Multichannel HD recording.
  • Dedicated audio monitoring.
  • Audio: up to to 32 inputs and up to 32 outputs, full-duplex.
  • MIDI: up to 128 inputs and up to 128 outputs + routing.
  • MIDI Clock / MTC / MMC / MSC external sync.

Rack Performer for Windows is available to purchase for 139 EUR (single user license).

More information: Live Factory / Rack Performer

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Fiedler Audio updates AD 480 Reverb app for iOS to v1.2

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Fiedler Audio AD 480 Reverb

Fiedler Audio has released version 1.2 of AD 480 Reverb, a reverb app for iOS.

The AD 480 is the first professional reverb effect app for your iDevices. In the studio, on stage, on the road or simply on your sofa – with the AD 480 you get a flexible effect you can use anywhere you might be. It works as a stand alone effect app (especially well with a connected audio interface) or inside Audiobus.

Changes in AD 480 Reverb v1.2

  • InterApp Audio.
  • Audio Recording, Playback and Offline Processing.
  • Import and Export of Audio Files.
  • iTunes Library Access.
  • Dynamic Upgrade (all present versions of the AD 480 on your iDevice are automatically upgraded to the highest version installed, i.e. if you have AD 480 free, basic and pro installed, they all become pro!).
  • Bugfixes.
  • AD 480 free got a mix fader.
  • AD 480 basic got inApp purchase for upgrading to pro.

The AD 480 Reverb is available to purchase for $3.99 USD (Basic) / $14.99 USD (Pro). A free version is also available.

More information: Fiedler Audio / AD 480 Reverb

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