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Source Audio intros Soundblox Hub Manager v2.0

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Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Hub Manager, a free companion software application for the Soundblox Hub v1 integrated multi-pedal system.

Source Audio Soundblox Hub Manager

The Soundblox Hub and Hub Manager introduce the exciting new concept of “smart” effects pedal boards, bringing professional sophistication and control to the effect rigs of guitar and bass players of all levels.

“High-end effects touring rigs are expensive and complicated,” says Source Audio founder, Roger Smith. “The Hub and Hub Manager make it easy for musicians to achieve a professional level of power and control over their effects pedal collections without the expense and complexity.”

Source Audio Soundblox Hub
The Soundblox Hub, originally released in Oct. 2013, provides the flexibility and power of a complex multi-effects unit with the simplicity of individual stompboxes.

The Hub is a compact unit that connects with up to five of Source Audio’s Soundblox 2 pedals, unlocking their MIDI capabilities and uniting them into a powerful multi-effects processor and switching system. The Hub allows users to save the on/off states, knob positions, and external control assignments of each connected pedal to create up to 128 unique multi-pedal presets (or “scenes”). Simply dial in a sound with the pedals, then save the state of the entire pedal board with a single button press on the Hub. Scenes can then be recalled with any external MIDI foot-switcher or device that sends MIDI Program Change messages.

The Hub Manager is the perfect companion software application for the Soundblox Hub. It offers an extremely intuitive interface and easy-to-understand graphic display. With the Hub Manager, users can create and edit scenes, name them, export/import scene files, and share them with other Hub owners. The graphics make it refreshingly simple to understand the components of each pedal board scene – simply click a pedal image to reveal a straightforward graphic display of that pedal’s knob settings and external control assignments. The Hub connects to all Windows or Mac computers with a standard USB cable.

Soundblox Hub Manager version 2.0.1 is available to download for Windows and Mac.

More information: Source Audio

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iZotope announces RX4 & RX4 Advanced

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iZotope announced RX4 and RX4 Advanced, a new version of the audio repair toolkit for Windows and Mac.

iZotope’s Emmy Award-winning RX software is the most robust and best-sounding audio repair toolkit on the market. Musicians, audio engineers, and post production professionals all use RX to transform noisy, distorted, or flawed audio into pristine material.

Launching this September, the new RX 4 is the ultimate companion to your DAW or NLE. Speed up your workflow with intelligent new modules, time-saving new features, and deeper levels of integration with your host.

New in RX4

  • Clip Gain: Easily adjust and balance the volume of vocals and instruments with this new non-destructive editing feature.
  • Dialogue Denoiser: Reduce distracting background noise from dialogue and vocals in real time (now a standard feature with both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced).
  • RX Connect: Streamline your process with a round-trip workflow compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, and other popular hosts.

For audio professionals in post production, music production, and mastering, the Advanced version of RX 4 boasts additional time-saving features.

New in RX4 Advanced

  • Leveler: Automatically balance the volume of your mix, freeing more time for creative mix decisions.
  • EQ Match: Ensure a consistent-sounding mix by seamlessly matching multiple recordings with varying sonic profiles.

RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced will be available September, 2014. Customers who purchase RX 3 or RX 3 Advanced will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 or RX4 Advanced upon release. All previous RX customers will be eligible for special upgrade pricing upon release.

More information: iZotope

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Propellerhead unveils Reason 8

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Propellerhead has introduced Reason 8, a major new version of its award-winning Reason music production platform.

Propellerhead Reason 8

Reason 8 builds on the legendary music production software by introducing a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.

“Around the world, musicians and producers use Reason because it’s the most fun and inspiring music creation platform available,” said Leo Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “For Reason 8, we’ve taken everything people love about Reason and introduced a streamlined new user interface that makes it easier for new users to get started, and more fun for seasoned users to work faster.”

Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface with a whole new look and even smoother creative flow, while the new browser and search window provides immediate drag-and-drop access to inspiring samples, loops, and patches. Expanding on Reason’s included collection of instruments and effects are the new amps from Softube, bringing a variety of first-class guitar and bass tones to the rack. Countless workflow improvements make for a more streamlined music creation experience, allowing musicians and producers to move quickly from initial idea to a completed song. And with an ever-expanding selection of Rack Extension plug-ins available in the Propellerhead shop, Reason 8 provides everything users will ever need to make music.

Reason 8 will be available for purchase on September 30th, 2014 at the following suggested retail pricing:

  • Reason 8: 405 EUR/$449 USD.
  • Reason Essentials 8: 120 EUR/$129 USD.
  • Reason 8 Upgrade (from any previous version): 129 EUR/$129 USD.

Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 7 on or after July 1st, 2014. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 8 when it becomes available.

More information: Propellerhead Software / Reason 8

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Native Instruments launches READY.SET.PRO. limited-time TRAKTOR special

Native Instruments Ready.Set.Pro.

Native Instruments has launched READY.SET.PRO., a limited-time offer on the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 decks and effects controller and TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 – the compact DJ mixing interface.

Until August 31, 2014, a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software comes free with purchase of either controller.

Praised for its portability and ease of use, TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 enhances any TRAKTOR setup with seamless, intuitive control. DJs get plug-and-play physical control over two track decks and two TRAKTOR FX units. The integrated multi-purpose touch strip offers inspiring tactile control over looping and FX via finger swiping, as well as convenient access to track nudge and needle drops. Adding to TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s playback and effects control, capacitive touch sensitive encoders provide instant visual feedback on TRAKTOR PRO 2’s features.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the portable all-in-one DJ mixing interface designed for spontaneous DJing with TRAKTOR software. As a 2-channel mixing controller and 24-bit soundcard, the Z1 offers dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and a 3-band EQ for each channel. All of these hardware features automatically map to TRAKTOR PRO 2 or TRAKTOR DJ software, giving DJs instant hands-on control over their mobile DJ setups.

When used together, each controller provides physical control of essential mixing features not accessible in the other – complementing each other and offering a portable, comprehensive, and modular TRAKTOR PRO 2 setup. The DJ software chosen by countless professionals worldwide, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 30 effects. Integrated Remix Decks technology allows instant looping and sampling for on-the-fly remixes.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 are available for $199 USD/199 EUR/£169 GBP.

The offer is valid until August 31st, 2014, at the NI Online Shop and participating retailers, while stocks last. The free Traktor Pro 2 license included during this offer is not eligible for resale.

More information: Native Instruments / READY.SET.PRO.

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Image-Line intros Deckadance Solo (beta)

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Image-Line has announced a public beta of Deckadance Solo.

Deckadance Solo is a single deck from Deckadance 2, in native FL Studio plugin format.

This means Deckadance Solo can be controlled from the Piano roll or any MIDI controller, using the command keys as labelled in the Piano roll (see the vide below).

Deckadance Solo is free for FL Studio owners. New Image-Line customers can purchase FL Studio with 10% discount here.

More information: Image-Line / Deckadance Solo

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Serato introduces Serato Flip Expansion Pack

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Serato Flip

Serato has introduced Serato Flip, a new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and re-imagine your music.

Available this September with Serato DJ 1.7 – Flip allows you to record your cue point and censor actions which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start an instant. Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club.

The original idea of being able to record and playback cue point information in a simple way was first pitched to us by NZ producer P Money, who was already using Serato to put beats together by manually triggering cue points.

Not only a great beat sketch pad, Serato Flip can also be used as a powerful DJ tool. The simple, yet effective control set designed with the DJ in mind allows you to use it in your set in a number of ways:

  • Make clean edits of your tracks by recording censor actions.
  • Extend intros, breakdowns or outros for better mixing.
  • Create transition sections in your songs for changing tempo or beat structure.
  • Advanced tone-play and performance.
  • Auto-skipping verses or choruses in songs.
  • Making beats.

Serato Flip features

  • Record Cue Point & Censor Automation — Click record once to arm recording. Once you hit the first cue or censor, recording begins. Hit record again to set the end point of your Flip.
  • Prepare & Edit Tracks In Offline Mode — Use Serato Flip without your hardware connected.
  • Flip Saving — Save 6 different Flips per track. Serato Flip information is saved to your tracks metadata and doesn’t edit the audio of the track. You can delete cue points and your Flip will still be remembered.
  • Hardware Controls, Keyboard Shortcut & Midi Mappable — Control Flip directly from your computer or your controller with a keyboard shortcut and hardware controls being mapped for supported current and future hardware. Flip controls are also MIDI mappable for use with the MIDI controller of your choice.
  • Looping / Loop Snap — Choose whether your recorded Flip plays through once or loops. Select whether your looped Flip will snap to an end-point that’s on beat with your track.
  • Recall and Replay — Turn Flips ON / OFF and start your Flip on track load or whenever you like.
  • Make perfect edits — Platter movements aren’t recorded so you can move the platter to an exact point and trigger a cue point to make the perfect Flip.
  • Name your Flips — Just like Serato DJs nameable Cue Points you can also name your Flips. The name of your Flip will appear in the deck info area when the track is loaded.

Serato Flip will be available as a paid Expansion Pack in Serato DJ 1.7, coming this September. It will be available for purchase in-app and on the Serato Online Store for $29 USD.

More information: Serato

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Xmonsta releases PULL iPad Ableton Device Editor

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Xmonsta has launched PULL, a touchscreen device editor for Ableton that uses the iPad.

Xmonsta PULL

It is an extremely fast and efficient workflow tool. Use it alongside other controllers, such as Ableton PUSH, or APC40, or any other controller, even a mouse.

In a nutshell, PULL allows you to edit fullscreen versions of every ableton device from your iPad . It follows any device that is currently selected and displays a very large, multi-touch template on the iPad for editing.

PULL is available for purchase for £25 GBP.

More information: Xmonsta / PULL

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