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Blue Aura intros v30 Blackline Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier + WSTxR Wireless Transmitter and Receiver Kit

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Blue Aura has announced the availability of the vv30 Blackline retro-elegant hybrid vacuum tube amplifier with an integrated DAC.

The wireless-ready two-channel audio system uses valve technology to replace the full spectrum of sound lost through the digital conversion process, bringing music back to its original velvety warmth and exacting detail for retail, office or home environments.

“The striking beauty and engineering of the v30 is revealed throughout the product. We put our craftsmen to work and they created a retro-designer amplifier complete with vacuum tubes and a stunning black and chrome exterior that Buck Rogers would yearn for,” commented Alex Chiou, president of Blue Aura North America.

Blue Aura v30 Blackline
The front features large chrome knobs, allowing user volume control and switching between sound sources.

v30 Blackline features

  • 2 x 20W hybrid vacuum tube amplifier.
  • Frequency response of 20Hz–20kHz +/- 1.5dB.
  • RCA, USB mini B, and 3.5mm mini jack for connecting digital sound sources, or analog stereo input, plus a headphone output.
  • 2 two-way bass reflex speakers are comprised of a low frequency 3.5 inch paper cone and high frequency 3/4 inch soft dome tweeter, with a frequency response of 55Hz – 20kHz.
  • Includes rubber stands, remote control and quality cabling.

The v30 Blackline is available to purchase from retailers for MSRP $549 USD. The WSTxR Wireless Transmitter and Receiver Kit, which will turn any powered speaker into a wireless speaker, is available now priced at $149 USD.

More information: Blue Aura / v30 Blackline

Two Notes Audio Engineering updates Torpedo PI-101 and Remote + 12 free speaker cabs added

Two Notes Torpedo PI-101

Two Notes Audio Engineering has updated its Torpedo PI-101 effect plugin and Torpedo Remote software for Windows and Mac.

The PI-101 comes in 4 versions: Vintage, Bass, Modern, and Wall of Sound Choose your style! Vintage includes a nice collection of both vintage and reissue cabs with a sound reminiscent of the 60/70′s, Modern will seduce all amateurs of modern guitar sounds while Bass is specially dedicated to bass layers. The WoS version includes the whole Two Notes cab collection.

Changes in Torpedo PI-101 v2.0.24

  • Complete display of Presets and User-Impulses folders in tree view.
  • Management of missing impulse files.
  • Fixed: CPU peaks when moving the microphone.
  • Fixed: preset compatibility between Torpedo Live, C.A.B., and PI-101 products.
  • Fixed: reading Aiff files.
  • Improved: typing in values for potentiometers.
  • Fixed: audio click in certain preset-change cases.
  • Fixed: sampling rate conversion on .wav-based .tur files.
  • Volume and Pan update when a channel is deleted.
  • Fixed: some minor graphical bugs.

Changes in Torpedo Remote v2.1.8

  • Added: a rename feature in “Managers” during file transfer.
  • Fixed: a bug in resampling wav files.
  • Some minor bugs fixed.

Two Notes has also announced the release of a collection of 12 new speaker cabinets.

Two Notes speaker cabs

We told you we would do it, and we just did! To celebrate our first 1000 Facebook fans, we are releasing for free no less than 12 new, exceptional speaker cabinets!

Discover RackHero, Can Abyss, Monarch, R2D2 and the others, and enjoy the sounds of some of the greatest classics in the history of electric guitar and bass.

To download them, update your Torpedo Remote or PI-101 WOS with an active Internet connection.

More information: Two Notes Audio Engineering

Salk Sound reestablishes legendary loudspeaker brands

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Bud Fried Tower

Fried Products Corporation has announced that Salk Sound has been selected to design and build a new line of high fidelity loudspeakers based on Bud Fried’s legendary work. Salk Sound now holds exclusive licenses to both the Fried and IMF brands first established by Fried.

Irving M. “Bud” Fried was a true pioneer during the golden age of high fidelity audio, creating several speaker designs that are now common place. During a time when most loudspeakers had a traditional paper cone or horn–loaded tweeter, Fried’s designs favored a soft dome direct radiator. His IMF products championed the difficult to implement and costly to execute transmission line approach. He also brought to market the first example of what is now called a satellite/subfoofer speaker system and the first integrated speaker with individual sub–enclosures optimized for each driver. Among his other insights was the establishment of the distinctive Quad electrostatic and Lowther high efficiency loudspeaker brands in the United States.

Pontiac Michigan–based Salk Sound, known for their very high quality designs, no holds barred customization, and exceptional craftsmanship, were identified by Fried Products as the perfect fit to carry on Bud Fried’s legacy. Jim Salk, founder of Salk Sound, felt that the engineering insight and innovation Fried brought to bear on the home hi–fi space was due for some renewed respect and forward movement. “At Salk, we’re very meticulous about all aspects of our designs, from the electromechanical and acoustical engineering, to the fit, finish and aesthetics of our cabinetry. Irving Fried was an innovative and outspoken pioneer, and we look forward to reintroducing his important concepts to today’s new wave of budget–conscious audiophiles.”

One of the engineering aspects that Salk and Fried designs share is an appreciation for particular, high performance transducers from Denmark. “For many years, we at Hiquphon had a close, personal working relationship with Bud Fried,” said Oskar Wroending, manager, owner and sole proprietor of Hiquphon. “We are very excited about the rebirth of Fried Products and look forward to providing our cutting edge tweeter technology in the new Fried designs.”

The Bud Fried Towers are priced at $2995 USD per pair.

More information: Fried Audio

Dynaudio Professional intros M3VE main monitoring solution

Dynaudio Professional has announced the M3VE, a main monitoring solution which combines world-class driver and cabinet technology from Dynaudio Professional with cutting-edge amplification and signal processing from Lab.gruppen and Lake.

Dynaudio Professional M3VE

M3VE takes monitoring to a whole new level with a significant upgrade from its predecessor – the renowned M3A 3-way monitor. To top it off, the speakers are powered by a four-channel Lab.gruppen PLM10000Q amplifier, using the integrated, active crossover between LF and MF by Lake, while passively filtering the MF/HF cross-over point.

Sporting the newest and most pristine Dynaudio ESOTAR² driver technology, M3VE takes over where most other monitor systems give up. With unsurpassed attention to detail, underpinned by an impressive 22Hz – 21kHz frequency response and beyond 133dB SPL, M3VE leaves no room for desire in terms of resolution, range or sheer power. The only difference between M3XE and M3VE is that the latter is powered by a single Lab.gruppen PLM10000Q amplifier rather than two.

The cutting-edge combination of Lab.gruppen and Lake technology forms the ultimate backing for M3VE and ensures unlimited power and the tools for optimizing any room to become the perfect listening environment.

In short, M3VE surpasses any and all main monitor expectations!

M3VE features

  • Natural and Uncolored – Painstakingly Accurate Audio Reproduction.
  • Carefully Selected Materials – From Handmade Drivers to First-grade Wood, Cables and Connectors.
  • Extremely Powerful – 4,700 W Per Monitor.
  • ESOTAR² – Aluminum Voice Coil Technology.
  • Heavy Internal Damping – Minimum Cabinet Resonance.
  • Protection and Redundancy – Always Reliable.
  • Exclusive Lake Processing Algorithms – Raised Cosine Equalization, Linear-phase Crossovers and Limiter Max Loudspeaker Protection.

The M3VE is available for 27,300 USD / 20,300 EUR.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / M3VE

IK Multimedia releases ARC 2 – Faster and better advanced room correction system

IK Multimedia ARC 2

IK Multimedia has announced the release of ARC 2, an update for the acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in for most popular DAWs to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of your studio.

ARC works by measuring your room using the included measurement microphone and measurement software and then generates an algorithm to provide a correction of your room’s acoustic problems that you can apply to your mix using the included plug-in.

You can record and mix with confidence knowing that what you hear from your speakers is a faithful representation of how your music will translate to the outside world.


The ARC advanced room correction system just got more advanced.

New in ARC 2

  • Completely redesigned interface for improved usability.
  • 4X greater resolution improves critical low-end response.
  • Smoother, more natural sound in the mid-range and high frequencies.
  • New combined L/R correction option maintains focus in perfectly symmetrical control rooms.
  • New customizable target curves now can match engineers’ personal timbre tastes.
  • New “Alt References” templates mimic the sound of consumer listening devices like car systems, speaker boxes, etc. allowing the engineer to test how mixes translate on different systems.
  • New Monitor Control panel interface streamlines workflow.
  • Fewer measurements now provide higher quality results and shortens set-up time.
  • Measurements can be saved and used for multiple correction set-ups.

ARC 2 is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / €249.99 EUR. Registered ARC users can update to ARC 2 for the introductory price of $99.99 USD / €84.99 EUR until August 31, 2012 (regular $149.99 USD / €124.99 EUR). Prices exc. taxes.

More information: IK Multimedia / ARC 2

Time+Space intros Aktiv studio reference monitors from ESI

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Time+Space has announced the Aktiv monitoring speakers from ESI.

ESI Aktiv 08

Off the back of their higher end UniK series delivered earlier this year, ESI has announced the release of a new line of affordable studio reference monitors – the Aktiv 05 and Aktiv 08.

Replacing the nEar05 / 08 eXperience range, the Aktiv 05 and Aktiv 08 boast unparalleled punch in the low-mid frequency thanks to the top quality kevlar driver – a major improvement over the paper and polypropylene drivers used in many comparable speakers.

Plus, thanks to a retuning of all components by German engineers, including a completely revised design of the crossover circuitry plus a higher quality silk dome tweeter, the Aktiv 05 and 08 provide honest sound at an affordable price and are perfect for use in a range of settings.

Aktiv features

  • 2-way powered speaker / active studio monitor speaker.
  • 5″ or 8″ kevlar curved cone as low frequency driver.
  • 1″ silk dome tweeter as HF driver.
  • Aktiv 05 output power: 60W (HF 30W, LF 30W).
  • Aktiv 08 output power: 90W (HF 30W, LF 60W).
  • Aktiv 05 frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz.
  • Aktiv 08 frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz.
  • magnetically shielded for desktop operation without electronic interference.
  • input connections: XLR / TS1/4″ combo connector, balanced / unbalanced input.

The ESI Aktiv monitors are sold as single units with the following RRPs:

  • Aktiv 05: £109 GBP.
  • Aktiv 08: £155 GBP.

More information: Time+Space

Win TC Electronic Impact Twin Audio Interface and DBM50 Dekstop Monitors at Dynaudio Professional

Dynaudio Professional Facebook contest

TC Electronic has announced that Dynaudio Professional is offering a chance to win an Impact Twin interface and a set of DBM50 monitor speakers.

Our friends at Dynaudio Professional have launched a competition where you can win a pair of their brand new DBM50 desktop monitors as well as one of our Impact Twin Audio Interfaces – virtually a ‘Bimbo Jones’ studio setup.

For a chance to win this great studio setup, simply join Dynaudio Professional on Facebook. If you are already connected with Dynaudio Professional on Facebook, you’re automatically participating.

Bimbo Jones has done remixes for super stars like Lady Gaga, Pink, Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Usher as well as released original dance music and topped the UK Dance Chart more than 50 times!

The winner will be announced on Dynaudio Professional’s Facebook page 1 August, 2012.

More information: Dynaudio Professional

Audiffex updates ampLion to v1.1

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Audiffex ampLion

Audiffex has updated its ampLion guitar amp, effect, speaker and stomp-box simulator plug-ins to version 1.1.

ampLion is an ultra-precise simulation of guitar amps, speakers, microphones and effects. All-in-one solution for every guitar player, all of the gear is just a click away. And thanks to the Live mode and the implemented MIDI control, you can boldly enter the stage with no more stuff than your computer, audio interface and MIDI foot controller!

Changes in ampLion Pro 1.1

  • GUI improved (effect dragging, smoother fonts, etc.).
  • Convolution speaker added.
  • Convolution reverb added.
  • 4 new effects added.
  • 64-bit Windows version added.
  • AU support added.
  • Mac standalone version added.
  • Plug-in parameters structure changed.
  • PPC support dropped.

The ampLion Free plug-in was also updated, and now supports 64-bit Windows VST2, and Mac AU and standalone versions.

ampLion Pro for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $149 USD. The update is free for existing ampLion customers.

More information: Audiffex / ampLion