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IK Multimedia ships iLoud portable stereo speaker

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IK Multimedia iLoud

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLoud, the first portable stereo speaker designed for musicians.

Now is your chance to be among the earliest to own the first portable stereo speaker that is truly designed with musicians and audiophiles in mind. iLoud combines superior power with spectacular audio resolution and amazing low end. For the first time, musicians can have a portable speaker that sounds like a studio monitor, and allows them to create high-quality compositions and accurate mixes on the go.

Featuring rechargeable battery operation, pristine frequency response, and the flexibility of both Bluetooth and wired operation, iLoud makes it possible to compose, record, and mix anywhere from a mobile music rig. It gives you the convenience of a cableless connection, together with the performance of a hi-fi speaker, and offers a superior listening experience at home, with your friends, and on the go.

As it’s name implies, iLoud is much louder than your average portable speaker. With a full 40 Watts of sonic power, iLoud sounds two to three times louder than comparable-sized speakers. It provides a richer, more powerful sound for any type of music style from rock to hip-hop to electronic.

iLoud features

  • 40 W total musical power – twice as much as comparable size speakers.
  • Superior low frequency extension and sound accuracy.
  • Bluetooth and stereo analog line input.
  • Battery powered with auto standby, 10 hours normal usage.
  • iRig® input for guitars and dynamic mics for iPhone/iPad processing.
  • Highly portable – easily fit in a laptop bag or a backpack.
  • Ideal for music reproduction and music creation.

iLoud is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / 239.99 EUR (excl. tax).

More information: IK Multimedia / iLoud

Dynaudio Professional intros Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation

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Chosen by Ear

Dynaudio Professional has announced the release of Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation, a paper by Paul Mac, which provides a practical guide to monitor selection by ear.

Choosing the right monitors can be a challenge in any scenario. To choose well from many candidate monitors for their multiple stereo and 5.1 monitor setups, recording studios and broadcast production facilities often conduct blindfold listening tests. They do this to make the best possible decision based entirely on pure audio considerations.

“Monitors must be the most overhyped and least understood part of the audio chain,” says Fred Speckeen, Global Business Manager, Dynaudio Professional. “Paul Mac brings together his own extensive experience and the seminal AES20 standard to this paper, providing a practical approach to selecting monitors via critical listening. Inspired by the fact that monitor selection by systematic blindfold tests is increasingly common at the highest levels of the pro audio industry, this paper covers the issues of listening environment, listening material and the listening process. Buying monitors is one of the most critical and expensive decisions each of us has to make in assembling a studio that’s a joy to work in. We hope that this paper contributes to making that process a success for everyone.”

The paper is available as a free download along with accompanying audio files for stereo and multichannel system configuration.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / Choosing by Ear

KRK intros ROKIT G3 studio monitor speakers

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KRK ROKIT Generation 3

KRK Systems has announced the ROKIT Generation 3 studio monitors.

Available in five-inch, six-inch and eight-inch options, this new line of two-way active monitors features multiple innovative upgrades that elevate KRK’s already legendary performance.

“This latest generation is a natural evolution of the company’s design philosophy: deliver natural, balanced spectral response, with low distortion and superior imaging,” says Gus Jursch, Director of Operations for Gibson Pro Audio. “We designed the ROKIT G3 line not just to the highest sonic standards, but to achieve a level of versatility that allows all users take their mixes to the next level, regardless of musical context. High and low frequency amplifier adjustments allow tailoring the monitor to taste, as well as provide a better ‘fit’ to individual room acoustics; the extended, accurate high and low frequency response results in mixes that translate over a wide variety of playback systems. What’s more, the new line maintains the ROKIT reputation as being ideal for a wide range of users, from those starting out in desktop recording to pro-level mixing and mastering engineers.”

As with all KRK monitors, the ROKIT G3 features a lightweight yellow composite woofer that achieves outstanding dynamics. Many monitor manufacturers compromise the midrange frequencies to hype the bass, but the KRK ROKIT G3’s unique tuning process that treats the woofer, cabinet and port as a single, integrated whole provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response. Additionally, an ingenious, re-designed radius cabinet baffle minimizes diffraction.

The ROKITs’ reliable, analog, bi-amped, class A/B amplifier has also been enhanced to maximize headroom while retaining minimal distortion. Unlike monitors that distort at higher SPLs, KRK monitors are engineered to deliver clean, accurate sound at any volume level—the high frequencies are crisp, clean and devoid of harshness, which complements the precision midrange and accurate, yet highly satisfying, bass.

Each monitor in the ROKIT G3 line features an upgraded one-inch silk-dome tweeter that provides response up to 35kHz, coupled with KRK’s optimized, proprietary waveguide technology for superior stereo imaging.

Introduced in 2003, KRK’s ROKIT Two-Way Active Studio Monitors have been the professional monitoring choice for mixing and mastering hit records around the globe, selling more than one million systems to date. The third-generation ROKIT 5, ROKIT 6 and ROKIT 8 continue that tradition of quality, innovation, and accuracy.

The ROKIT G3 line is shipping worldwide on September 1st, 2013.

More information: KRK Systems

Two Notes releases Torpedo Wall of Sound III speaker-cab simulation

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Two Notes Audio Engineering has launched Torpedo Wall of Sound III, a speaker cab simulation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Torpedo WALL OF SOUND III is free and comes with 2 virtual cabinets, 8 microphones, and 8 power-amp simulations.

You can use and evaluate all of the plug-in’s functionalities for 30 days. At the end of that period you will be reminded to place your first cabinet purchase in order to get a full, definitive license of use.

Two Notes Torpedo Wall of Sound 3
Two Notes plug-in Torpedo Wall of Sound III with in-app store for testing and choosing cabinets in real time.

Torpedo Wall of Sound III features

  • Browse, listen to, and buy the cabs you prefer directly on the in-app, integrated Boutique.
  • Mix up to 100 cabs inside a single plugin instance.
  • Stereo processing
  • 3 plugin sizes (S, M and XL)
  • Presets are compatible with all the Torpedo range of products
  • CPU optimizations
  • The plugin will check for updates — of course you will need Internet access for this functionality to work.
  • Shortcuts available to speed up your workflow while working with the plugin.

Torpedo Wall of Sound 3 is available to download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS, AAX in development).

More information: Two Notes / Torpedo Wall of Sound III

New Audio Technology releases Spatial Sound Card

Spatial Sound Card

New Audio Technology has announced the release of Spatial Sound Card (SSC), a set of virtual speakers for stereo and surround monitoring for the computer with standard headphones.

The Spatial Sound Card is a virtual sound card that is inserted between software, operating system and audio hardware and enables monitoring of stereo and surround up to 7.1 with a standard headphone on the computer. The room visualizations originate from a constantly growing number of high end studios and dub stages like the ARRI Stage One, MSM Munich and others. The technology used in the SSC was used on major Blu-Ray releases (e.g. The Expendables I and II).

To optimize the virtualization the SSC provides parameters to customize the frequency curve of the used headphones. Presets for well-known headphone models are included.

The Spatial Sound Card works with all applications that support multichannel audio output. These include media players like VLC and FLAC-Player as well as video and audio workstations. The SSC is recommended for media professionals from the audio, video or games area as well as for agencies and companies with workstations that need high quality audio monitoring.

The Spatial Sound Card is available to purchase for the introductory price of 98 EUR until August 15th, 2013 (regular 169 EUR). For now the Spatial Sound Card runs on MacOS 10.6.x and above, a version for Windows will come within Q3, 2013.

More information: New Audio Technology / Spatial Sound Card

Plogue releases Chipcrusher bitcrusher, speaker simulator & noise machine

Plogue has announced the release of Chipcrusher, an advanced bitcrusher, a speaker simulator and noise machine effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Plogue Chipcrusher
Chipcrusher features DAC Encoding, Background Noise and Post-Processing.

It’s an audio effect which plays back input audio through a simulation of early lofi digital audio codecs (DAC Encoding), adds grit (Background Noise), and outputs through a selection of speaker and filter impulse responses (Post-Processing).

It can work as a VST/AU/RTAS plug-in for most major sequencing audio programs and supported tracker programs on Windows and OS X.

There is a wide spectrum of results achievable with chipcrusher. Here’s a few use cases:

  • Uniquely destroy/mangle a beat, a guitar or any other audio track.
  • Play single hits and emulate the sound of old samplers.
  • Add ‘accurate dirt’ to chipsounds’s output.
  • Etc.

Chipcrusher for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $39 ex. VAT.

More information: Plogue / Chipcrusher

Amadeus launches new UDX Series speakers

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Amadeus has announced the re-launch of its famed UDX Series passive speakers – 30 years after originally releasing their first edition.

Including four different models, the UDX Series is perfectly adapted to sound reinforcement applications in concert halls, auditoriums, conference rooms, and theaters. Designed to be included within fixed or long-lasting installations, each UDX speaker system can also be used in touring applications as a stage monitor when fitted with optional accessories.

Amadeus UDX Series

Gaetan BYK, Marketing Manager at Amadeus, stated, “The core idea behind the UDX Series was to keep the main focus on the values which have given Amadeus its reference-quality status throughout the years, both the unique acoustical characteristics of its sound systems, as well as their aesthetic integration capabilities into installed locations, allowing a real transparency, a consistency between the installation space and the speaker. We wanted to concentrate on the essentials, and go back to our roots, in terms of both sound transparency and finishes. Allowing designers to combine several standard colors of cabinet and acoustical fabric coverings on the front grill, they can put the most efficient and elegant product into a space, matching its cultural, visual and architectural context. This new product direction brings the Amadeus quality to a new customer base.”

Sold from 1980 to 1992, the first UDX speakers embodied the best technologies and innovations of the Atelier 33 Company and its electro-acoustical department, 33 Audio. Now developed under the Amadeus brand, the new UDX Series is built according to the same values of quality, passion and design, which gave them a reference quality status when originally released.

The newly redesigned UDX Series are now available from licensed Amadeus distributors and dealers throughout Europe and Asia, from 1090 EUR to 1990 EUR (VAT excluded), depending on the model.

More information: Amadeus / UDX Series

PreSonus introduces StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers

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PreSonus has announced its new StudioLive AI-series Active Integration Loudspeakers, the first active loudspeakers that deliver studio-monitor accuracy onstage and are equipped with complete wireless or wired remote control and monitoring using an iPad or laptop.

PreSonus StudioLive AI-series

All StudioLive AI-series speakers incorporate Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ™ Temporal Equalization algorithms. TQ employs multiple, fully addressable Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters to eliminate horn reflections and to correct linear time and amplitude anomalies. Collaborating with Fulcrum Acoustic co-founder, Dave Gunness, PreSonus software designers incorporated custom TQ algorithms with dynamics processing, FFT tools, and performance monitoring into the onboard DSP – quite possibly the most powerful suite of tools ever available in a loudspeaker system. The result is a PA system with remarkably clear, coherent, studio-quality sound: Studio…Live!

Another key component of the StudioLive AI’s distinctive design is its use of Active Integration technology. Active Integration combines wireless and wired networking and communications with the aforementioned powerful DSP to create a unified working environment.

All StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers include a USB Wi-Fi module to connect to SL Room Control software over a wireless network. SL Room Control is an impressive system-configuration application for Mac OS X®, Windows®, and iPad that provides both individual and grouped speaker control and includes a 31-band graphic EQ and an 8-band parametric EQ, muting, soloing, and level control, in addition to performance monitoring (over temperature, click detection, and excursions). A network-setup wizard is also included to quickly connect each speaker to your wireless network. An included Ethernet port on each speaker can be replaced with an AVB option card, which is expected to available in late 2013.

Full-range AI-series loudspeakers are available in three configurations. Each compact, powered, 3-way loudspeaker relies on a custom-designed, 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. The triamplified, Class D power amplifiers in each model (quad-amped in the 328AI) deliver an astonishing combined 2,000 watts of power.

The StudioLive 312AI comes equipped with a 12-inch ferrite speaker to handle low-frequency reproduction. This model is a great choice for venue owners who need high-quality speakers that offer enough coverage for normal bar needs (such as game broadcast and canned music) and are powerful enough for a band or a karaoke night.

Featuring dual 8-inch ferrite speakers for low-frequency reproduction, the StudioLive 328AI delivers full-range, high-powered performance, yet is streamlined and compact- just right for the club that needs a compact PA with the frequency range, sound, and power of a large system.

For the large venue that needs a bigger low-end, the StudioLive 315AI provides 3-way coverage, with a 15-inch speaker for the lows.

Each full-range system has a combo XLR/TRS line input and an XLR microphone input with an XMAX™ Class A mic preamplifier and 12V phantom power, as well as an XLR audio throughput. The full-range speaker systems are pole-mountable and have two ergonomic side handles, interlocking stacking, and M10 fly points. All enclosures are of lightweight plywood construction. Three operation modes allow the user to choose DSP presets for their application, such as MP3 playback, live performance, or stage monitoring. Users can also create a custom preset using SL Room Control and store it onboard for use later.

In addition to the full-range, 3-way systems, PreSonus is offering the StudioLive 18sAI, a powered, 18-inch, ferrite subwoofer designed to complement the full-range StudioLive AI speakers while still being flexible enough to work with other powered loudspeakers. A 1,000W amplifier powers the subwoofer. The StudioLive 18sAI offers stereo line inputs (XLR/¼-inch combo) and full-range stereo line outputs (XLR) that can be summed to mono. An alignment delay can be set to 0, 2, or 4 feet, allowing the subwoofer to combine perfectly with a full-range system.

Each full-range, three-way speaker system includes a switch that engages an External Subwoofer mode. In this mode, a custom low-cut filter ensures that the bottom frequency range of the woofer and the top range of the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer overlap, and an alignment delay and phase correction are enabled, creating a true time- and phase-aligned, four-way system.

The StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer offers an additional alignment delay that can be set to 0, 2, or 4 feet, allowing the full-range system to be placed on the subwoofer pole (the 0 setting) or with the subwoofer in front, or with the full-range system onstage and the subwoofer on the floor.

Custom accessories for the AI-series speakers include a mountable Sub Dolly to make hauling the 18sAI subwoofer easy and a pull-tested Sub Pole to mount a full-range system atop the 18sAI. An M10 Kit, which contains four M10 eyebolts, lets you fly any full-range model in a permanent installation. Protective covers for the 312AI, 328AI, 315AI, and 18sAI are also available.

All models are expected to ship late in the first quarter of 2013.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI-series