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Source Audio introduces Soundblox Hub v1

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Source Audio Soundblox Hub

Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Hub v1, a MIDI Interface, port expander and multi-pedal scene saver.

The Hub introduces an entirely new “modular” approach to multi-effect systems. It has the power to unite up to five Soundblox 2 pedals into one thoroughly integrated, MIDI controlled, multi-effect machine.

“We’re very excited about what the Hub can do for musicians,” said Jesse Remignanti, Source Audio’s Chief Technical Officer and creator of the Hub. “It introduces a powerful new way to use effects pedals. For the first time, you can save the state of your entire pedal board as a single recallable scene. You get the flexibility and power of a complex multi-effects unit, but with the simplicity of using individual stompboxes. If you want to tweak something, just turn a knob – you don’t need to deal with the old hassle of navigating through complicated menus.”

With its ability to send and receive MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages, the Soundblox Hub unlocks the range of MIDI options in the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals. Users can edit pedal parameters and save up to 128 pedal “scenes” easily recalled with an external MIDI foot-controller or computer MIDI interface. Recalling a saved scene activates the corresponding pedals used in the scene, complete with assigned external controllers like a passive expression pedal or the Hot Hand 3 Wireless Effects Controller.

The Hub dramatically expands the preset storage capabilities of each Soundblox 2 pedal, but it also allows users to keep their favorite “go-to” presets saved directly within each pedal. This approach gives musicians the option of interacting with their pedal board in the traditional way or with simple one-step MIDI switching.

Via the Hub’s USB port, the Hub Manager Software and latest pedal software and firmware can be downloaded directly from the Source Audio website. It is available for Mac or PC operating systems and can be used to edit saved presets and customize parameters within the Hub. As Source Audio continues to offer new features and custom arrangements, the Hub will enable users to upgrade their own equipment without the expense of purchasing an entire new setup.

The Soundblox Hub is available for $99 USD.

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Source Audio releases Soundblox 2 MANTA Bass Filter

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Source Audio Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox 2 MANTA Bass Filter, the next generation of Source Audio’s popular Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter.

The pedal features 12 top-notch filter effects that triggered the success of the original Soundblox Pro BEF plus the addition of eight variations of on-board distortion. The distortions are not just crunch, or amp simulation; they are specifically designed to work in tandem with the filter effect selections. The Manta’s vast range of effect combinations and adjustable parameters offer an abundance of options, from classic funk tones to modern, super-aggressive dubstep wobble effects.

The Manta features a very unique signal path, internally splitting the instrument’s dry and distorted signals. The dry signal alone controls the envelope, increasing the playing response from the filter. Bob Chidlaw, Source Audio’s Chief Scientist explains, “The main reason we put in the distortions was to be able to use distortion without it severely compressing the dynamic range of the envelope follower. The twenty-four filter types provide a lot of opportunity to shape the final tonal spectrum. Lowering the frequency control generally makes things more mellow, although the Manta prefers to be a snarling, nasty killer!”

The Manta features twelve filter effects, including classics like 2 and 4-pole Low-Pass, Single-Peak, Multi-Peak, and Phasers. The Distortion Types include Hard and Soft clip, Octave distortion, Fold-back, Quantized, and synth-like Gated Fuzz. Each distortion has independent gain levels adjusted by the Drive control. There is also the choice of five different modulation sources including a Fast Attack and Slow Attack Envelope, Sine LFO, Square LFO, and Sawtooth LFO. Plus, like all Soundblox 2 pedals, the Manta is compatible with the Source Audio Dual Expression Pedal, the Hot Hand 3 Wireless Effects Controller, or MIDI control signals via the Soundblox HUB.

The Soundblox2 Manta Bass Filter is available to purchase for $169 USD.

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Source Audio intros Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller

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Source Audio has released the Hot Hand, a USB wireless MIDI controller.

Source Audio Hot Hand

The Hot Hand USB delivers an entirely new method of dynamic control to DAW (digital audio workstation) or live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Reason, Serato DJ, and Logic/MainStage. Hot Hand bypasses traditional knobs and faders, allowing users to manipulate software parameters with wireless motion-control. It also integrates perfectly with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments’ Base, or Native Instruments’ S2/S4.

Hot Hand USB consists of a wireless motion sensing ring and USB stick receiver. The lightweight ring contains a 3-axis accelerometer that detects hand movement and translates it to MIDI control messages. Both quick motions and gradual tilting create control signals that can be applied to any parameter to create effects like organic bass wobbles, filter sweeps, delay times, modulation, and beat repeats. The receiver plugs directly into any Mac or Windows PC, installs without drivers, and appears as a MIDI device. With the Hot Hand USB Editor (downloadable software, available at sourceaudio.net), users can assign the X, Y, or Z axes to control multiple parameters as well as adjust the range and sensitivity of the incoming MIDI signal. Users can operate up to four rings simultaneously and maintain wireless connections for up to 100 feet (30.5 meters).

Hot Hand USB has already received high praise from notables in the electronic music scene. David Mash, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee College of Music raves, “Source Audio’s Hot Hand USB is a truly innovative wireless MIDI controller that allows me to easily manipulate and control many sonic parameters at once, through either subtle or obvious gestures. It is easy to set up, edit and configure, and allows me to use simple, natural movements to create musical nuance in my performances.” Vladimir Coman-Popescu (editor of Controllerism.com) said, “Hot Hand is insanely fun and versatile, and is now permanently part of my regular live setup. Finally, I can fist pump during my sets and have it actually do something to the sound!”

Hot Hand features

  • Wireless 3 axis motion sensor ring & USB receiver.
  • Driverless USB MIDI operation for Windows/Mac.
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for 6 hour usage time.
  • Capable of transmitting over 100 feet.
  • Works with any MIDI compatible audio software (Ableton, Reason, Logic, Traktor, etc).

The Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller is available to purchase for $119 USD.

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Source Audio releases Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar & Bass microModeler

Source Audio has announced the release of the OFD Guitar microModeler and OFD Bass microModeler, two Soundblox 2 effect pedals.

Source Audio OFD Guitar/Bass microModeler

The “OFD” stands for “Overdrive, Fuzz, and Distortion.” Both pedals offer twelve meticulously crafted overdrive, fuzz, and distortion tones specifically voiced to accommodate the individual frequency range of either guitar or bass.

Each pedal’s comprehensive collection of distortion effects includes tone accurate models of Marshall® and Mesa Boogie® amps, as well as iconic pedals including the Big Muff®, Fuzz Face®, and Tube Screamer®.

The OFDs are the result of dramatic advancements in modeling technology as well as years of research by the Source Audio engineering team. The OFDs’ distortion effects were finely tuned through an intense process of examination and A/B comparisons with the pedals and amps on which each effect was modeled. The end-result is a dynamic collection of precise and naturally responsive tones, from warm and chunky tube overdrive to over-the-top fuzz.

Both of the OFD pedals are housed in compact and extremely durable cast-aluminum chassis. Their sturdy exterior and relay-based buffered or true bypass switches are built to withstand endless gigging and rehearsal, plus the compact 4.5 x 4.5 inch footprint easily finds a place on any size pedalboard. Both boxes include easy-to-adjust internal Noise Gates and individual Treble, Mid, and Bass Tone controls. The OFD Bass microModeler also features a clean/dirty Mix knob as well as Source Audio’s signature low-end preserving algorithm, Lo-Retain. Lo-Retain insures that bassists will not lose the thumping bottom essential to maintaining a strong low-end foundation.

The OFDs offer several forward thinking design functions. Preset morphing allows guitarists and bassists the opportunity to seamlessly shift from one preset to another with either an expression pedal or Source Audio’s own Hot Hand 3 Universal Effects Controller. Contrary to what one might think, OFD Preset Morphing is not a simple crossfade, but rather an actual metamorphosis in the form of a multi-parameter shift, so fixing an expression pedal mid-sweep creates truly hybrid tones, opening a practically endless range of tone possibilities. Along with the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals, the OFDs also contain the option of MIDI compatibility upon Source Audio’s release of its MIDI Control HUB in early 2014.

The Soundblox 2 OFD Bass microModeler and OFD Guitar microModeler are available to purchase for MSRP $249 USD (street $169 USD).

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Will Cady demos Source Audio Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter

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Bill Cady of Source Audio wrote in to let us know about this video showcasing the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter, an effect pedal featuring 22 different envelope filter effects.


Bass Effects Video Song – “Slurple Gurp” by Will Cady

The Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter is available to purchase from various retailers, priced at $219 USD.

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Source Audio celebrates release SoundBlox Pro Bass Envelope Filter with giveaway at NAMM

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Source Audio has announced it will be celebrating the release of their new Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter by giving away one pedal each hour to visitors of their NAMM booth #312 on Wanna Play Saturday July 23rd.

Source Audio SoundBlox Pro BEF

The BEF Pro builds on the wildly popular Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter with a wide array of features for the touring professional. With the BEF Pro each filter type can be modulated by four distinct sources: envelope, tap tempo enabled LFO, Hot Hand™, or an expression pedal wah. The BEF Pro also boasts an impressive set of tweak-able options including an adjustable 7-band graphic EQ, 6 save-able preset banks, 8 different LFO waveforms, adjustable positive and negative filter sweeps and a Wet/Dry Mix knob to the interface featuring Source Audio’s signature Lo-Retain™ mixing algorithm.

Phish bassist Mike Gordon added the Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter to his touring rig in early June (joining the Multiwave Bass Distortion Pro). Speaking of the BEF he said, “I’ve had a eureka experience with the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter. It is the first unit with enough control to preserve the low-end without sacrificing clarity.” Source Audio’s positive impact on Mike’s bass tone is a frequent topic online.

The schedule of the giveaway on July 23rd is as follows:

  • 11 am – Soundblox Classic Distortion
  • 12 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Flanger
  • 1 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Phaser
  • 2 pm – Soundblox Tri-Mod Wah
  • 3 pm – Soundblox Multiwave Distortion
  • 4 pm – Wireless Hot Hand Wah
  • 5 pm – Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter

The winners of each hour’s giveaway will be announced on the Source Audio Facebook Page and Twitter Feed @sourceaudiofx. Participants must submit their email addresses at the Source Audio NAMM booth to be eligible for each drawing.

The Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter will be available to purchase July 20th, for $219 USD street.

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Source Audio introduces Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter

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Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter, a pedal which packs the power and flexibility of a rack-mounted unit into a user-friendly stompbox, staying true to Source Audio’s signature approach of offering maximum tone diversity with extraordinarily easy-to-use and intuitive interface.

Source Audio Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter

The Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter was designed in the mold of the very popular Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter. Immediately upon release, the BEF was incorporated into the touring rigs of bass notables, Mike Gordon of Phish, Kevin Walker of the Justin Timberlake and Prince bands, and Jai Dillon of the Jason Mraz band. Source Audio expects to see similar enthusiasm for the GEF. The pedal was already shown at the 2011 Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA and received a tremendously positive response. Both Premier Guitar and Guitar Player Magazines included the Soundblox GEF as one of the most notable products on the floor in their NAMM recap issues.

The GEF offers an extensive set of 21 individual envelope filter effects, from traditional auto wah sweeps to more dramatic vocal simulations. Filter categories include 2 and 4 Pole Low Pass, Single Peak, Triple Peak, Peak & Notch, and Phaser. Due to the finely tuned nature of the pedal, even the slightest gap in the incoming signal will reset the filter position providing a full sweep range for every note. The control panel is simple, but allows users to dial in a broad range of tones. Minor adjustments, such as a change in the direction of the filter sweep, can produce significantly different sounds within a single filter type. The three-knob control panel provides adjustability to the center point of the frequency sweep, the depth and direction of the moving filter, as well as the attack and decay times.

On its own, the GEF can be modulated in the fashion of a standard auto wah, but is also controllable via Source Audio’s patented Hot Hand Motion Controller Ring for a remarkably expressive and unique approach to filter modulation. The unit also features proprietary state-of-the-art 56-bit Digital Signal Processing (DSP) with 24-bit converters for crystal clear output.

Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter features

  • 21 Filter Sounds including 2 Pole Low Pass, 4 Pole Low Pass, Single Peak, Triple Peak, Peak and Notch and Phasers.
  • Positive and Negative filter sweep with variable range and sensitivity.
  • Dual range speed control allows equal adjustment of Attack and Decay speeds, or alternatively, a fixed, fast attack and adjustable Decay.
  • Modern Design — a thoughtfully designed box that features rugged construction and sleek looks.
  • State-of-the-art DSP — proprietary 56-bit Digital Signal Processor, the SA601 and crystal clear 24-bit converters.
  • Motion Control — all Soundblox™ pedals are “Hot Hand® Ready” and can be used with any Hot Hand motion sensor to extend the capabilities of the unit.
  • Active Analog Bypass — bypass is fully routed around the DSP and active input ensures zero signal degradation.
  • Dimensions: 7 in/17.8cm (length not including 1/O jacks) x 4 in/10.2 cm (width) x 2 in/5cm (height, including knobs).
  • Note: Power supply not included.

Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter is available to purchase now, priced MSRP $169 USD (street $119 USD).

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Source Audio at NAMM, Sound Minds: Enhancing your musical creativity with effects

Source Audio 2011 Winter NAMM

Source Audio has announced Sound Minds: Enhancing your musical creativity with effects, its special artist appearance program for the 2011 Winter NAMM show.

Through the years we’ve spent introducing music effects both classic and new, we’ve found that perhaps the biggest road block musicians face in expanding their sound is that no one talks about how to use effects pedals to expand your sound. The magazines teach us theory and transcriptions and delve into what the greats are using, but rarely do we see answers to the essential questions of how and why.

So for this 2011 Winter NAMM we are tackling those questions head on with some help from our friends, Bakithi Kumalo, the bassist renowned for his work on Paul Simon’s Graceland; Kevin Walker, funk aficionado and touring bassist for Justin Timberlake and Prince; Pete Griffin, the backbone bass player for Dweezil Zappa; Blackbyrd McKnight, musical director and lead guitarist of Parliament Funkadelic; and a few more surprise guests.

Bring your ears and mind to booth 5599 in Hall B at any time throughout NAMM. We, with our presenters, will be there to answer all of your questions and to give you hands-on demos of our full line of effects pedals.

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