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PreSonus announces Sceptre studio reference monitors

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PreSonus Sceptre

PreSonus announces the Sceptre-series CoActual studio reference monitors.

Featuring an advanced coaxial design that works integrally with a 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core processor using Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ™ Temporal Equalization technology, Sceptre CoActual monitors deliver clarity and coherence that has previously only been available in ultra-high-end systems. Yet they are an affordable investment for project-studio owners-a first for DSP-controlled, TQ-based systems.

The series includes two models. The Sceptre S8 CoActual Studio Monitor combines an 8-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer into a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 CoActual Studio Monitor’s coaxial speaker integrates a 6.5-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer. Both models have acoustic ports.

Sceptre features

  • CoActual technology combines DSP time-correction and point-source design for symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging.
  • Unique coaxial transducer integrates 8-inch (Sceptre S8) or 6.5-inch (Sceptre S6) midrange driver and 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded HF transducer with Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment.
  • 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core, active floating-point DSP provides critical Temporal Equalization™ with multiple FIR filters.
  • Acoustic-tuning controls:
    • HF Driver Adjust (0 dB, +1 dB, -1.5 dB, -4 dB).
    • Acoustic Space settings (0 dB, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, -6 dB).
    • High-pass filter (Off, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, and 100 Hz, -12 dB/octave slope).
    • Sensitivity (+4 dBu to -10 dBV).
  • 200W RMS, Class D biamplification with internal heat sinkRF shielding, current-output limiting, and over-temperature protection.
  • Balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control.
  • Amplifier “soft start” feature eliminates popping on power-up.
  • Brushed-aluminum faceplate.
  • 102 dB maximum continuous SPL.
  • Internal power supply with IEC connector.
  • Power switch with on/off LED.

PreSonus Sceptre CoActual-series monitors are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013.

More information: PreSonus / Sceptre

Alesis intros Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 active monitor speakers

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Alesis has announced the Elevate 3 and Elevate 5, two active bi-amplified monitor speakers offering solid sound in a compact design.

Sold in pairs, these active monitors provide a smooth, rich sound in a space-saving format. Ideal for multimedia, gaming, desktop audio, or for use with a mobile device, the Alesis Elevate Series combines technology borrowed from professional Alesis monitors along with advanced components to create a smooth, solid sound—without taking up valuable studio or setup space. The Elevate 3 and Elevate 5 provide thoughtful options for creating a custom listening environment.

“Our new Elevate series monitors have it all; they sound great, look great, AND they are easy on the wallet,” says Alesis Project Manager Walter Skorupski. “We encourage you to stop by our booth at NAMM and hear them for yourself.”

Alesis Elevate 3
Alesis Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 powered desktop studio speakers.

Elevate 3 features

  • 3 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 20 Watts continuous; 60 Watts peak power.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.
  • 1/8 ˝ subwoofer output.

Elevate 5 features

  • 5 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 40 Watts continuous; 120 Watts peak power.
  • High-density wood cabinets with bass porting.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.

Alesis will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

PreSonus intros Eris-Series Studio Monitors

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PreSonus has announced its new Eris series of studio reference monitors.

These ultra-affordable, 2-way, bi-amped monitor speakers deliver very accurate response with a tight bass and very clear upper end.

They can also be user-adjusted to the acoustic space, allowing you to create a more accurate listening environment or to simulate different common listening environments – a feature not typically provided by studio monitors in this price point.

PreSonus Eris E5 / E8
PreSonus E5 and E8 high-definition active studio monitors.

E5 / E8 features

  • 5.25-inch (E5) / 8-inch (E8) Kevlar® low-frequency transducer.
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer.
  • 70 (E5) /130 watt (E8), Class AB biamplification.
  • Front-firing acoustic port for superior bass-frequency reproduction.
  • Midrange (±6 dB, continuously variable), HF (±6 dB, continuously variable), High-Pass (Off, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) and Acoustic Space settings (flat, -2, -4 dB) for accurate mixing contour.
  • RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient, and subsonic protection.
  • Optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing.
  • Balanced XLR/¼-inch and unbalanced RCA inputs.
  • 102 dB (E5) /105 dB (E8) maximum continuous SPL.

The Eris E8 and E5 are expected to be available in April 2013.

More information: PreSonus / Eris

IK Multimedia announces iLoud portable speakers designed for musicians

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IK Multimedia has announced iLoud, the first portable stereo speakers designed for musicians.

IK leveraged its 16 years of pro-audio engineering expertise, and its experience as the leading developer of mobile music creation apps and accessories, to design battery-operated speakers that combine superior power, pristine frequency response and amazing low end in an ultra-portable form factor that make them the perfect alternative to studio speakers for music creation and composition on the go.

The iLoud line consists of two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI, both of which provide musicians with sonic accuracy that’s on par with professional studio monitors, making it possible, for the first time, to compose, record, and mix from a mobile speaker system.

IK Multimedia iLoud
The iLoud model offers a blasting 40W RMS of power, and it’s little brother, iLoud MINI, a robust 12W RMS.

iLoud features

  • Portable audio monitoring system designed for iOS and mobile devices.
  • High-quality, 40W total power.
  • 2-way system, with time alignment.
  • Stereo monitoring in a single unit.
  • Four Class-D Amplifiers, bi-amped system – 2 x 3” neodymium woofers, 2 x 3/4” neodymium tweeters.
  • High-quality and accurate sound. Perfect for music or media-creation portable monitoring and reference.
  • DSP processing for perfectly optimized and true-to-life sound representation.
  • Frequency response: from 60 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • Exceptional low-frequency accuracy.
  • Resonance-free tuned bass-reflex enclosure.
  • Optimally tilted for proper acoustical response.
  • Fully portable: small footprint and high-performance built-in rechargeable battery.
  • Bluetooth for wireless streaming, compatible with A2DP profile.
  • Auto Standby.
  • Includes iRig circuit to connect your guitar, bass or other instruments, including dynamic microphones, to your iOS applications.

iLoud MINI features

  • Portable compact stereo speaker for mobile devices.
  • Battery Powered – Rechargeable high performance Li-Ion battery with smart management feature and auto standby.
  • 2 W RMS power – Class-D power amplifiers.
  • 2 x 3″ neodymium high efficiency full range speakers.
  • 2 x Passive radiators on the back.
  • 1/8″ stereo line input.
  • Bluetooth compatible with A2DP protocol.
  • DSP controlled.
  • Superior low frequency articulation for the size.
  • Rechargeable via MICRO USB socket.
  • 190 x 120 x 60 mm (7.48 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches) external dimensions.

iLoud will be priced $299.99 USD / 239.99 EUR and iLoud MINI $199.99 USD / €159.99 EUR (excl. taxes) and they will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia

The Bass Egg Project—Small, portable, sleek, wireless, and easy to use speaker

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The Bass Egg

The Bass Egg Project at Kickstarter has launched to make everything in your world a speaker.

The Bass Egg project began over a year ago when one team member was given a reverberation loudspeaker by his father. While the use of this technology in loudspeakers existed, there was much left to be desired. The only products available were either high in sound quality but not portable, or a novelty product encased in cheap plastic – not durable and lacking in sound quality. In addition, no versions were easy to use or appealing in their design.

Driven by the desire to design and manufacture the “best in class” reverberation speaker, our goal was to develop a product with the following attributes: Small and Portable, Sleek, Wireless and Easy to Use, and Durable. Of course, big, Quality Sound was a must.

After many long nights, much frustration and several trips to potential manufacturers – the Bass Egg was hatched.

The Bass Egg Project is looking for backers to pledge $150,000 USD by Friday Dec 14, 2012.

More information: The Bass Egg Project

XILS-lab intros LX122 rotating speaker cabinet plugin

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XILS-lab has introduced LX122, an emulation of the the Leslie rotating speaker.

XILS-lab LX122
XILS-lab’s LX122 offers a rotating speaker emulation with treble output in a rotating horn, and bass output in a rotating drum.

Although there is a lot a various models, the classic Leslie speaker consists of two driver units – a stationary treble unit with spinning horns (called Horn here), and a stationary woofer and spinning rotor (called Drum here), with two filters, which divide the frequency spectrum between the horn and the woofer.

Both the horns and a sound baffle for the bass are rotated to create Doppler effect based vibrato, tremolo and chorus effects. The rotating elements can be stopped, switched between slow (chorale) and fast (tremolo), or transitioned between the two settings. Not only the unit gives this particular effect, but also the ensemble it creates with the room where it is located.

The LX122 emulates the Horn and the Drum, as well as the room where various coherent reflections are occurring when they are rotating. It also emulates the tube base amplifier as well as the intrinsic characteristics of the Drum (woofer response and drum size) or the Horn (Tweeter response, horn size and diffusers).

The internal cabinet refexions, which give this known mellow specific sound, are also taken into account but with the never done possibility to increase or decrease their effects, going from a standard closed cabinet to a opened air rotating speakers.

The LX122 is the indipensable companion for your keyboards and organ , but if you like to tweak parameters, if you want to build your own cabinet, change its characteristics, if you want to experiment further in recording this device, using two independant microphones in various rooms, then go to the LX122 Premium, you won’t be despointed. A wide range of stereo effects, space feeling, pitch modifications are straight to your hands.

LX122 and LX122 Premium are available to purchase for the introductory price of 29 EUR / $37 USD (LX122) and 45 EUR / $58 USD (LX122 Premium) until December 5th, 2012. The plug-ins are serial number-protected products — no iLok required.

More information: XILS-lab / LX122

Win a pair of KRK Rokit 5 G2 speakers in Point Blank prize draw

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Point Blank KRK contest

Point Blank is offering you a chance to win a pair of Generation 2 Rokit 5 speakers by KRK.

The Point Blank YouTube Channel is the central hub for all our free tutorials. There you’ll find hundreds of videos providing expert advice about music production, sound design and DJing from our team of pro producer tutors and regular guest artists.

The best way to ensure you don’t miss anything is to subscribe to the channel and thanks to our friends at KRK and Focusrite we are giving away a pair of KRK RP 5 G2 Speakers (worth £250) to one lucky subscriber!

To be entered into the prize draw just subscribe to the Point Blank Youtube channel by Tuesday 23rd October 2012… it’s that simple!

The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday 24th October 2012.

More information: Point Blank / KRK Competition

Time+Space announces iZotope and ESI competition

Time+Space has announced a new competition in which you can win ESI monitoring speakers and iZotope effects plugins.

Time+Space iZotope and ESI giveaway

You’re pleased as punch with the bassline, the chords are catchy and the lyrics are simply genius but unless you’ve got the right tools for mixing and mastering, your track will probably lack that professional polished finish.

Thanks to software developers like iZotope, this can all be achieved easily in your home studio with plugins such as Ozone 5 Mastering Suite, Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools and Nectar Vocal Suite all helping you to get impressive results with relatively little outlay.

Of course, you need a decent set of monitoring speakers as well, and that’s where ESI come in. Earlier this year the German audio specialists released their Unik product line – professional quality active reference monitors that produce a clear, strong and precise sound thanks to the extraordinarily light membrane of the ribbon tweeter.

UK-based distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of Unik monitors plus iZotope software in their October competition with a total prize giveaway totaling over £1600!

Competition prizes

  • First prize: Pair of ESI Unik 08 monitoring speakers and iZotope Ozone 5 Complete Mastering Suite
  • Second prize: Pair of ESI Unik 05 monitoring speakers and iZotope Nectar Complete Vocal Suite
  • Third prize: Pair of ESI Unik04 monitoring speakers and iZotope Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools

The competition is only open to European residents and ends on 31st October, 2012.

More information: Time+Space