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Roland intros CD-2u SD/CD Recorder & SD-2u SD Recorder

Roland has announced the CD-2u SD/CD Recorder and SD-2u SD Recorder, two all-in-one portable recording devices. Both units record CD-quality audio to SD/SDHC cards, and include many useful features for music practice and education.

Roland SD-2u
With high-quality SD recording and a host of great features for music practice and study, the SD-2u Recorder is a powerful tool for educators, students, and hobbyists.

The CD-2u offers identical features to the SD-2u, with the addition of CD burning/playback capability. Compact and ready to travel, the CD-2u and SD-2u are ideal for mobile audio recording, learning music and languages, and much more.

Both the CD-2u and SD-2u feature an integrated high-quality stereo microphone, making it easy to capture audio anywhere. Built-in, high-performance stereo speakers provide convenient sound playback of recordings, music, lesson material, and more.

The CD-2u and SD-2u also provide connections to integrate external devices for various applications. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks allow users to connect their own microphones, with phantom power available if needed. There’s also a stereo mini-mic jack with Plug In Power, plus stereo RCA LINE IN jacks for connecting an instrument, music player, or other audio sources.

Roland CD-2u
In addition to SD/SDHC recording, the CD-2u also offers recording direct to CD and CD-RW discs. Standard audio CDs can be played as well. This allows users to easily burn and play audio CDs anywhere without the need to use a computer.

Both recorders are equipped with powerful features for manipulating audio playback, providing useful tools for building music skills, learning languages, transcribing spoken-word audio, and more. Users can independently adjust the speed and pitch with exceptional audio quality, perfect for slowing down passages to learn difficult parts or changing the key of music to match a singer’s vocal range.

An improved Center Cancel function removes vocals and solos from commercial songs, allowing users to create minus-one tracks for practice and karaoke fun. The newly developed Center Focus feature isolates center-located sounds in music tracks to make them easier to hear and learn.

Both recorders also feature practice essentials such as a chromatic tuner and metronome. A wireless remote control is included as well.

The CD-2u and SD-2u can be powered via the included AC adaptor, or with six AA batteries. AC power is required when using the CD-2u’s CD recording and playback functions.

More information: Roland

SuperMegaUltraGroovy and toastycode announce TapeDeck 1.5 + Holiday Sale

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SuperMegaUltraGroovy TapeDeck

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has announced the release of TapeDeck 1.5, the long-awaited sequel to the powerful and fun audio recorder for Mac OS X.

This new release adds support for high-resolution Retina displays, and improved YouTube uploading with high definition output. Just in time for the holidays, you can purchase TapeDeck 1.5 for only $4.99 US (regular MSRP $19.99 US) for a limited time at tapedeckapp.com.

“When TapeDeck first launched in 2008, we worked hard to make an application that took full advantage of Core Animation to deliver a delightful user experience,” said Chris Liscio, SuperMegaUltraGroovy’s founder. “Now with the new Retina displays, we can continue delivering that experience at an even higher fidelity.”

As its predecessor, TapeDeck 1.5 features the cool retro interface reminiscent of an 80’s tape recorder. It offers a quick-capture workflow, allowing you to automatically save your recording as soon as you hit STOP. Using the Apple Lossless Audio Codec, TapeDeck captures its High Quality recordings with full fidelity, ensuring that your musical ideas are kept intact when moved to Garage Band or Logic.

“TapeDeck is such a popular application with songwriters, physicians, students, musicians, teachers,” says Liscio. “The user base is very diverse,and always growing. This release embraces Apple’s newest OS technologies in order to continue delivering its delightful and unique experience to a growing pool of diverse Mac users.” TapeDeck 1.5 requires a Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and also adds support for Apple’s Sandboxing security feature while also adopting other new technologies under the hood. In addition, this update includes many performance and stability improvements.

Changes in TapeDeck v1.5

  • TapeDeck now supports the Retina display, and it looks great.
  • Uploading to YouTube is improved: Now with HD videos.
  • TapeDeck is now a sandboxed application.
  • Performance has been improved for large collections of tapes.
  • Scrolling behavior is much better in the tape box.
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

TapeDeck is available for $4.99 USD for a limited time, a 75% discount off its regular price of $19.99 USD.

More information: TapeDeck

Loopr Live Loop Composer app for iOS

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Loopr

Loopr is a low latency loop recorder and player for iOS.

Compose, practice, jam along, or sample audio soudscapes easily. Created by long-time expert loopers, it is focused on ergonomy and simplicity via one-finger controls but also hands-free MIDI pedalboard compatibility.

Synchronizing drum machines and sequencers is easy via its precise MIDI out sync. Enhance your live performance using automatic multi-layer ‘fast’ or ‘one-shot’ recording modes.

Loops can be exported as independent files (including tempo and time signature information), for you to share the groove or use with most desktop audio production apps (e.g. Logic Studio, Garage Band, …).

Loopr is CoreMIDI and CoreAudio compatible and enables you to use most popular iOS compatible interfaces.

Loopr features

  • Low latency recording and playback, to catch it when it comes.
  • One hand, thumb optimized screen controls, to loop along everywhere.
  • Efficient MIDI pedalboard ergonomy for hands free control.
  • MIDI time code out tempo synchronization, for all the electronic play-alongs.
  • Transparent on-the-fly saving of sessions, to save without a pause.
  • Easy exportation of separate audio files including comprehensible text-formatted metadata.

Loopr is available to purchase for the introductory price of $2.99 USD until the December 1st, then 50% off the regular price of $7.99 USD for a limited time.

More information: Loopr

Marcos Alonso releases Samplr app for iOS

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Marcos Alonso has released Samplr, an iPad app that lets you make music and play with sound in a new and intuitive way by touching the waveform on the screen directly with your fingers.

Marcos Alonso Samplr
Make music and play with sound by touching it with your fingers.

Explore the sounds melody and texture using the different play modes and create your music compositions with the gesture recorder.

With an interface designed for live performance, Samplr gives the musician quick and precise access to all the instrument functionality at any time. Unlike other apps that try to recreate real life instruments or interaction concepts from traditional computers Samplr was designed from the very beginning for Multi-Touch devices.

Samplr features

  • 7 different play modes: Slicer, Looper, E-bow, Tape, Scratch, Keyboard and Loop Player.
  • 6 simultaneous samples (with 6 voices each).
  • 5 sound effects per sample: Distortion, Filter, Amplitude Modulator, Feedback Delay and Reverb.
  • Gesture recorder.
  • High quality audio engine.
  • Detailed user guide.
  • Import your own samples (WAV) through iTunes.
  • Ready to use sample library.

The app is available at the iTunes App Store, priced at $4.99 USD.

More information: Samplr

iZ Technology Corporation launches RADAR 6 & ADA II + Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist I/O boards now available

iZ Technology Corporation has announced RADAR 6, the updated flagship multi-track recorder.

iZ RADAR 6

RADAR, the premier choice for hard disk multi-track recording and playback employed by recording studios, scoring stages, theaters, and post production houses around the world, has been updated with new features and improved speed, storage technology, editing, audio performance and user interface.

RADAR has long been the recording platform that offers the highest sound quality on the market. Built with world-class converters, Adrenaline DR technology, dual digital/analog power supplies, near-zero jitter, and near-zero latency up to 192kHz, RADAR systems transcend the digital barriers of sonic quality.

Thanks to RADAR 6’s new storage architecture, recording and moving files is fast and easy. You can record 24 tracks at 192 kHz to a 64 or 128 GB SD card and plug it directly into your laptop for use with your favorite DAW. Record and/or copy and deliver tracks in seconds on a USB 3.0 thumb drive. Or record directly to RADAR’s high-speed solid-state drives for maximum performance. RADAR’s open storage architecture gives you the most options.

New in RADAR 6

  • Sound Quality: World-class Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist converters and the new Adrenaline DR technology.
  • Speed: Direct SATA recording for over 2 times faster cueing editing and data transfers.
  • Storage: Solid state SATA, USB 3.0, thumb drives and remote network access make recording and file transfer fast and flexible.
  • Portability: nearly 40% shorter and 14 lbs lighter than RADAR V.
  • Improved user interface: full front panel controls with tactile transport keys and a comprehensive high resolution multi-page touch screen supporting industry standard wide screen resolutions.
  • Editing: Comprehensive editing from the front panel touch screen as well as a virtual meter bridge, touch-screen macro keys, multiple mark in/out markers for batch exports and audio CD creation from a single project.
  • Acoustic Noise: control room ready with super quiet low speed power supply fan and all solid-state storage drives.
  • Cost: RADAR 6 has a lower retail price than RADAR V.

RADAR 6 is now available to purchase, starting at under $8,600 USD.

iZ also launched its ADA II A/D and D/A converters at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco.

iZ ADA II

Featuring pristine iZ conversion, and innovative modular I/O structure, intuitive touch screen controls, and direct interfacing to native DAWS and Pro Tools, ADA is a powerful tool designed to meet the creative and technical needs of true audio professionals.

Not only does the new ADA II offer the most transparent, true-to-source conversion available today, it’s now even more powerful than the original ADA I and comes with a larger 10.1” higher-resolution display. The user interface is easier to use with the main screen showing both the A/D and the D/A meters. The new front panel is fingerprint-resistant and offers a high-contrast white LED ring-lit power switch.

ADA II supports the 24-channel transformer balanced AES card, and features a new ProTools sample rate error indicator. ADA II is fully compatible with iZ’s new Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O option cards. Each ADA is made-to-order in 8, 16, or 24 channel configurations with customizable I/O ratios. With its ground-breaking modular design, ADA evolves over time as your studio needs change – re-configure I/O ratios and add channel-count to the original ADA frame as required.

With a single touch, ADA’s Graphic User Interface controls settings and preferences – including the comprehensive A/D & D/A routing options. Full screen mode brings all 48 high-resolution meters into view for accurate reference monitoring.

ADA connects to Logic, Nuendo, REAPER, and other native DAWs via low-latency, low-jitter MADI digital I/O. For Pro Tools|HD users, add an iZ Dual Pro Tools|HD Option Card to ADA and plug directly into the Pro Tools Core Card. If you want the sonic purity of a RADAR, but prefer to mix in a DAW, you need to get an ADA.

ADA II is available to purchase starting at under $6,700 USD.

Furthermore, iZ’s Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist new generation 8-channel analogue I/O cards are now available, offering the most pristine and euphonic converters iZ has ever produced.

iZ Classic 96 / Ultra Nyquist
The Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards.

iZ’s Classic 96 Analogue I/O card maintains that signature, high-quality iZ audio without compromising disk space. Never harsh or biting, the iZ Classic 96 converter card is optimized to bring clear, transparent sound to studio and live recording applications. The Classic 96 analogue I/O cards boast the same warmth, bottom end, and performance characteristics as the historic Classic analogue I/O cards, but with the sample rate range extended to 96 kHz.

Also available now are the long awaited follow on to the legendary Nyquist (96 kHz) and S-Nyquist (192 kHz) analogue I/O cards: the Ultra Nyquist Analogue I/O cards. With lower noise and distortion than even the famed S-Nyquist design, the Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards combine the best attributes of both the Nyquist and the S-Nyquist into one unified design. iZ Technology’s Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards will lift the blanket off any mix. Characterized by rich, warm tones, with incredible presence and crystal clear highs, the Ultra Nyquist converters preserve audio integrity by providing the highest high-fidelity conversion possible on any recording.

The Classic 96 is available to purchase for $1,295 USD, Ultra Nyquist is $1,995 USD.

More information: iZ Technology Corporation

IK Multimedia VocaLive app updated with MIDI Control, Copy/Paste function, Redesigned Recorder and Mixer and more

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IK Multimedia VocaLive

IK Multimedia has announced the release of version 1.5 of VocaLive, the professional vocal effects processing app for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

This major update includes enhanced control features, more intuitive Graphic User Interface and functionality and expanded compatibility with hardware devices giving performers even more versatility and options for virtually any singing/performance situation. Also compatible with IK’s iRig Mic, iRig PRE or iRig Mic Cast, VocaLive is the go-to mobile effects processor for vocal recording and performance.

VocaLive for iPhone/iPad is a professional quality real-time vocal effects processor for singers, songwriters and performers that offers “near-zero latency” for live performance on stage or in the studio. It features a suite of 12 professional vocal effects like reverb, delay and compression, and adds in more creative effects like morphing, pitch correction and harmonizing making it the most comprehensive full-featured vocal performance and recording studio app.

Changes in VocaLive v1.5

  • Digital Audio Support (use any standard 30-pin/Lightning audio interface).
  • Core MIDI Integration for Program Change and Continuous Controllers (Available via in-app purchase).
  • Restore In-App Purchases Function.
  • New Export via SoundCloud, FTP and Copy.
  • New Re-Designed 4-track Recorder and Mixer section (Available via in-app purchase).
  • Retina Display Update.

VocaLive is available at the App Store for $19.99 USD/17.99 EUR. VocaLive 1.5 is a free update for current VocaLive users. A free, expandable version is also available that allows the user to purchase the individual effects a-la-carte inside the app.

More information: IK Multimedia / VocaLive

IK Multimedia iGrand Piano—The Concert-Quality Piano App for iPad

IK Multimedia has released its iGrand Piano for iPad a collection of 17 professional sounding pianos for your iPad.

IK Multimedia iGrand Piano
IK Multimedia’s iGrand Piano for iPad — Concert-quality piano app.

Turn your iPad into the ultimate piano instrument with an extraordinary collection of ultra-realistic acoustic piano instruments along with built-in recording! Use the iRig KEYS portable keyboard (www.irigkeys.com) or the iRig MIDI interface (www.irigmidi.com) to connect your external keyboard to your iPad, and you’re ready to compose, rehearse, perform and record with the very best instruments for the iPad.

iGrand Piano puts an entire gallery of the world’s finest pianos right at your fingertips with studio-grade quality never heard before in any other app that stands up to the most powerful virtual instruments available on a computer.

With high-definition stereo samples across multiple velocities, iGrand Piano brings you the most playable, expressive and beautiful sounding grand, baby grand, upright and specialty piano instruments available on a mobile device that you can play anytime and everywhere.

iGrand Piano gives you 8 world-class pianos (including one by registering) along with a capable recorder and metronome. Add the Piano Expansion via in-app purchase to further extend your piano library with 9 additional high-quality instruments.

iGrand Piano for iPad features

  • 8 world-class, multi-velocity stereo grand and upright piano instruments (including one by registering).
  • Expandable library of 9 additional studio-grade instruments instantly available via in-app purchase.
  • Intuitive instrument edit controls including ambience, lid, brightness, release, tuning and transpose.
  • Included MIDI Recorder with overdub and punch-in capability.
  • Export performances via E-mail, File Sharing and Audio Copy.
  • Large visual metronome with variable click volume and adjustable tempo.
  • Easy-to-use instrument editor with transpose to adjust ambience, tonality and tuning.
  • Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change support.
  • Low-latency for real-time playing.
  • Designed in concert with iRig KEYS portable MIDI keyboard and iRig MIDI interface.
  • Free version also available.

iGrand Piano is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 15.99 EUR. A free version is also available.

More information: IK Multimedia / iGrand Piano

Oscillicious releases SongStarter – The Musician’s Sandbox

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Oscillicious has announced the availability of SongStarter, a new application bringing organic music production to the desktop for the first time. SongStarter 1.0 is now available for Windows and Mac OS X and incorporates improvements based on public beta feedback.

Oscillicious SongStarter
SongStarter is an organic music production app for jamming.

SongStarter is an organic music production app for jamming using a live looping workflow. Starting with a beat, musicians can instantly jam using 31 builtin instruments and write music naturally with a simple, innovative workflow.
SongStarter captures the ease of jamming with real instruments, in an all-inclusive software environment on the desktop for the first time. Jams are stored in industry standard formats and are exportable to all popular DAWs via drag and drop. SongStarter is compatible with all USB MIDI keyboards.

Featuring presets from the SodaSynth and Analog Extracts plug-ins by Oscillicious, SongStarter also includes a broad range of classic sampled instruments. Combined with 14 drum beats by producer Carlo Carosi, the result is a unique distraction-free environment for quick songwriting and musical brainstorming. In an endless sea of musical toy apps for mobile platforms and increasingly complex digital audio workstations on the desktop, SongStarter breaks new ground and bridges the gap between productivity and entertainment for musicians.

The SongStarter 1.0 release incorporates many improvements as a result of feedback received during the public beta period including higher quality instruments, external recording, and numerous usability tweaks.

SongStarter for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $39.99 USD / 34.99 EUR / £29.99 GBP.

More information: Oscillicious / SongStarter