Samson releases Carbon 49 USB MIDI controller

Samson has released the Carbon 49, a compact iPad compatible USB MIDI controller.

Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller makes musical performance and production accessible to everyone. For seasoned musicians and young creators alike, the Carbon 49 offers versatile, easy-to-use features in a compact, lightweight controller that’s well-suited for the stage and studio.

Samson Carbon 49
The Samson Carbon 49 is designed to work with iPad music production software.

The Carbon 49’s semi-weighted keyboard provides musicians with a responsive and expressive platform that is designed to feel more like an instrument than a controller. It comes equipped with velocity-sensitive keys that accurately capture the dynamics of a performance. With 49 keys, the Carbon 49’s pitch range is perfect for performing, while remaining highly portable.

Carbon 49 features

  • 49-key velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard.
  • Assignable Data encoder and Volume slider.
  • Edit key for adjusting up to 14 control parameters.
  • 3-digit, 7-segment LED display provides real-time feedback.
  • Includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections.
  • Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications.
  • Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels.
  • Integrated iPad slot.
  • iPad and USB bus powered.
  • Bundled with Native Instrument’s Komplete Elements software.

The Carbon 49 is available to purchase for $89 USD.

More information: Samson / Carbon 49


Zoom announces G3, Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal

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Zoom and Samson Technologies have introduced the G3, a guitar effects and amp simulator pedal with multi-effects, and onboard looper.

Zoom G3

The Zoom G3 combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects pedal, and adds the convenience of an onboard drum machine, looper, and USB audio interface. According to Zoom, the new G3 pedal offfers complete control over both individual effects and amp modeling, allowing you to modify your tones on the fly while performing. The included drum machine and looper make the G3 an all around good option for guitarists of every level.

What’s more, the G3 features three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface that allows you to use up to three amp models or stompbox effects in any combination at any time. The G3 provides authentic amplifier modeling and over 100 built-in DSP effects to craft and store up to 100 original tones.

About the new pedal, Mark Wilder, Director of Marketing for Samson Technologies (Zoom’s U.S. distributor), comments, “To elevate their performance, guitar players can now use on-the-fly patch changes, craft their own sounds, jam along with the drum machine and looper or utilize DAW recording applications all with one easy-to-use pedal.”

In addition to being a guitar effects and amp simulator pedal, the new G3 is a USB audio interface for DAW recording on your computer. For creating new patches, recording, and editing purposes, the pedal comes bundled with Zoom Edit & Share software, as well as the Steinberg Sequal LE digital audio workstation (DAW). The G3 can be powered by either four AA batteries for over six hours of operation, or with a USB bus or the included AC adapter.

G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal features

  • Stompbox pedalboard and multi-effects pedal in one.
  • Over 100 built-in DSP effects.
  • Store up to 100 original tones.
  • Amplifier modeling.
  • Onboard drum machine.
  • Onboard looper.
  • USB audio interface.
  • Three large LCD displays and footswitches.
  • Includes Zoom Edit & Share software.
  • Includes Steinberg Sequal LE.
  • Powered by either four AA batteries, USB bus, or the included AC adapter.

More information: Samson Technologies


Zoom announces R24

Zoom has announced the R24, a total music production solution.

Zoom takes its revolutionary R16 and turbocharges it with a sampler and drum machine, 8 additional recording tracks and 6 channels of phantom-power on the all-new R24. The R24 combines four production tools into one incredibly versatile device. In addition to 24-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards, the R24 is a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.

The R24’s new sampler function consists of 24 built-in voices that can be triggered using 8 pads and 3 bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. Also, you can use the unit’s drum machine and its 400 rhythm patterns to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control. More than ever before, you have all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

Zoom R24

Zoom R24 features

  • Multi-track Recorder
    • Over 100 studio-quality effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects.
    • Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time.
    • 8 balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs.
    • Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit.
    • Easily viewable 4-segment LED meter bridge.
    • 6-channel simultaneous 48V phantom power supply capability.
    • Over 4 hours of operation using 6 AA alkaline batteries (AC adaptor included).
    • Sync two R24s via USB for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.
  • Audio Interface
    • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software.
    • 8 in / 2 out (8 x 2) via USB.
  • Control Surface
    • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more.
    • USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation.
  • Sampler
    • Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks).
    • Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation.

More information: Zoom / R24


Samson debuts Zoom R16

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Samson has announced the Zoom R16, a portable 16-track recorder, audio interface and controller.

Samson Zoom R16

Zoom once again revolutionizes digital recording with the first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording utilizing Secure Digital (SD) memory. The R16 is three production tools in one device: a multi-track recorder, an audio interface and a control surface, providing all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings. Additionally, the R16 runs on only 6 AA batteries for the ultimate in multi-track portability.

With the R16, recording artists, songwriters, sound engineers and film sound professionals alike can record up to 32 GBs on an SD card. The SD recording, while incredibly convenient for file transferring, also makes the R16 significantly lighter. SD recording also avoids the pitfalls of a potential crashing hard drive and allows for up to 100 track hours of recording using all 16 tracks.

Zoom R16 features

  • Digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording utilizing Secure Digital (SD) memory.
  • 16/24-bit/44.1kHz linear PCM recording in WAV format.
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones.
  • Includes 1GB SD card and supports cards up to 32GB SDHC.
  • Allows simultaneous recording on up to 8 tracks.
  • Battery operation for remote recording.
  • USB power for audio interface and control surface operation.
  • 8 mic inputs / 2 outputs (8 x 2).
  • 8 combination XLR-1/4-inch inputs.
  • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software.
  • Built-in effects can be used as outboard effects as well.
  • Hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar or bass.
  • Includes preamp with phantom power on two channels.
  • Mackie control emulation via USB for popular DAW software including Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer and more.
  • Over 100 built-in studio effects coming from advanced DSP.
  • Amazing guitar amp and effects models.
  • Professional quality mastering effects including multi-band compressor, normalizer and more.
  • Operates as USB storage device for quick data transfer.
  • Connect two R16s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.
  • Undo/Redo functions.
  • Comes with Steinberg Cubase LE 4.
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista, Mac operating systems.

The Zoom R16 is available for pre-order for $399 USD.

Visit Samson for more information.