M-Audio launches upgraded M-Track audio interfaces

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M-Audio has announced it has upgrades to its M-Track series audio interfaces.

M-Audio M-Track series
The M-Track and M-Track Plus now feature a rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance, and an expanded software suite is included with the M-Track Eight interface.

These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd.
“The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”

Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.

M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.

“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.

The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October, priced at $99 USD and $149 USD, respectively; the M-Track Eight is available now for $399 USD.

More information: M-Audio

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Steinberg announces Music Production Workshops this Autumn

Music Production Workshop

Steinberg has announced upcoming music production workshops in the United Kingdom. Together with Yamaha and sE Electronics, Steinberg has scheduled tour dates from Poole in the South to Perth up in Scotland.

As a part of the ongoing Steinberg Training Center education program, these interactive education events feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, session and touring drummer Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and multi-instrumentalist, producer and Cubase expert Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes). Over the next month the artists will visit South and City College in Birmingham, Derby University, Edinburgh College and Perth University and run a series of customized workshops for enrolled students.

In addition to supplying top-quality artists, the manufacturers will also provide a collection of the latest music production equipment for the workshops. The tour ends at the Music Production Expo in London where all manufacturers will have representatives available for one-on-one sessions and product related questions.

Richard Johnstone, UK Business Development Manager comments: “This is a superb opportunity to not only see and hear the very latest music production software and hardware in action, but to see artists and industry professionals showing how these products can help you in developing and enhancing your song-writing process, through to final production.”

Schools can find more information at www.steinberg.net/en/education/training.html and apply by emailing educationteam@steinberg.de.

There are also a number of events open to the general public. Registrations are required and the events are booking out quickly. Please check for dates and registration details here.

More information: Steinberg

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Steinberg launches Prime Cuts by Beat Butcha for Groove Agent 4

Steinberg has announced the release of Prime Cuts, a new expansion pack for the previously released virtual drum software, Groove Agent 4, and Groove Agent SE 4 included in Cubase 7.5, comprising a premium hip hop sound library created by Beat Butcha, one of UK’s finest beat producers.

Steinberg Prime Cuts by Beat Butcha

Armed with exceptional drum sounds and patterns, Prime Cuts boasts more than 700 samples that range from hard-hitting snares to bottom-end kicks that will stay fresh even after numerous beat productions. Laid out in 30 drum kits, Prime Cuts provides sounds and patterns for the Beat Agent available in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4.

Producer of the Prime Cuts expansion set, Beat Butcha, commented: “With the new library I try to basically cater to the many sub-genres within hip hop as possible. A lot of preset patterns are often quantized and they don’t feel very human-like so I keep the swing up in there and try to do things that are a little bit different from the norm.”

Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann said: “Prime Cuts is the perfect complement to the extraordinary sound library already available in Groove Agent 4. Adding hip-hop oriented samples and grooves to the Beat Agent offers a versatility that lets Groove Agent 4 play one music style in a million and one ways.”

Prime Cuts for Groove Agent 4 is for purchase for 39.99 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Prime Cuts

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NUGEN Audio intros VST3 support for its plugins

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Steinberg VST3

NUGEN Audio has announced that its entire family of professional audio plug-ins is now compliant with Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology 3 (VST3) standard. Moving forward, all future releases of NUGEN Audio’s plug-ins will be VST3-compatible.

“With VST3, Steinberg is providing a technological and creative basis for many innovative and exciting new products for the audio industry and opening up a new world of creative possibilities for instrument and effects plug-in users,” said Simon Kerr, chief marketing officer, NUGEN Audio. “By porting our entire range of plug-ins to VST3, we’re once again demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting the latest professional audio formats and standards. With VST3, NUGEN Audio is supporting users of Steinberg products with the most seamlessly compatible and innovative audio tools on the market, as well as an assurance of ongoing VST3 compatibility into the future.”

With VST, Steinberg established one of the world’s leading and most widely supported standards for plug-ins and virtual instruments in 1996. With this latest major revision, VST3 marks an important milestone in audio technology with a completely rewritten code base that provides the most stable and reliable VST platform to date, as well as a range of new features.

“NUGEN Audio is well-known for its highly innovative plug-ins and tools for audio professionals, and its products are perfect candidates for VST3 certification,” said Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “The NUGEN Audio plug-in family is the ideal combination of leading-edge technology and rich functionality that we had in mind.”

NUGEN Audio’s Visualizer provides robust audio analysis capabilities for quality audio production, with a standardized reference set of tools that let audio professionals work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past successes, and understand the success of others. Visualizer’s unique intelligent window facility lets users select multiple view combinations, automatically resizing and aligning windows to maximize legibility and cross-referencing information across screens.

Visualizer and NUGEN Audio’s other VST3-compatible products are available now.

More information: NUGEN Audio

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Steinberg launches UR22 Production Studio

Steinberg has released the UR22 Production Studio, a limited edition package that consists of the compact UR22 audio interface, the latest version of Cubase Elements and WabeLab LE alongside the sE Electronics Magneto studio microphone, Isolation Pack and microphone cable.

Steinberg UR22 Production Studio

With two TRS/XLR combo inputs, two TRS outputs, MIDI I/O plus one separate headphone output, the included UR22 interface provides sufficient connectivity for mobile recording and personal home studios. It holds two of the highly acclaimed D-PRE mic preamps, offers latency-free hardware monitoring and a sampling rate of up to 192 kHz. The software bundle boasts the Cubase Elements music production system that includes the HALion Sonic SE, Prologue and Groove Agent ONE instruments plus a suite of 44 effect processors. The WaveLab LE audio editor provides all the basic tools to master any recording to the best audio quality. The sE Electronics Magneto condenser microphone produces outstanding results for recording vocals and acoustic instruments alike, while the Isolation Pack consists of a shock mount and an integrated pop shield.

Product marketing manager Stefan Schreiber commented: “We’re really happy that the co-operation with sE Electronics has come to fruition. Their Magneto mic is the perfect complement to the UR22 interface, and together with the included versions of Cubase and WaveLab, the UR22 Production Studio has everything a demanding neophyte will be needing to record, mix and edit vocals and instruments.”

UR22 Production Studio features

  • UR22 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps supporting +48V.
  • Analog 2 in and 2 out plus headphone output with individual volume control and MIDI input and output.
  • Latency-free hardware-based monitoring with a Mix knob.
  • Cubase Elements 7 personal music production system with complete audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • Includes outstanding virtual instruments: HALion Sonic SE workstation, MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine and Prologue synthesizer.
  • Comes ready with 44 audio effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, MorphFilter and extraordinary VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite.
  • Cross-platform 32-/64-bit software application and drivers for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
  • WaveLab LE 8 Audio editing and mastering software with powerful real-time audio engine, two simultaneous audio tracks and a set of qualtiy virtual effect processors.
  • sE Electronics Magneto studio condenser microphone with a 1″ large diaphragm capsule and cardioid polar pattern.
  • sE Electronics Isolation Pack shock mount and plop filter set plus a three meter shielded microphone cable.

The UR22 Production Studio is available for purchase for 299 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / UR22 Production Studio

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