ZAOR expands MODULAR CONCEPT with smaller-scale addition to MIZA lineup

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ZAOR is has introduced MIZA Jr., expanding its MODULAR CONCEPT with a smaller-scale addition to its mushrooming MIZA line of flexible media workstations and accessories.

ZAOR Miza Jr.

As the smallest scale addition to the MIZA media workstation lineup to date, MIZA Jr. is a comfortably compact design, perfectly tailored to musicians and media professionals who spend the majority of their creative lives working on a computer-based setup. As such, below the desktop surface is a 1129 mm-wide roll-out shelf, height adjustable in 16 mm steps from between 5-16 cm below the desktop surface itself to comfortably accommodate a computer keyboard and mouse, as well as the usual (more musical) suspects, such as MIDI keyboard controllers, synthesisers, drum machines, DJ mixers, and all manner of other periphery. An attractive choice, then, for creative music producers and DJs alike, although more generalised computer programmers and even graphic artists or smaller-scale video editors will feel equally at home here — with the right tools at their disposal, of course.

Today’s media workstations are more often than not tasked with accommodating dual-computer monitor setups as creative professionals gravitate towards needing more visual feedback than ever before, thanks to today’s increasingly powerful DAWs — in the case of modern-day music production. Indeed, when working with audio, accommodating such computer screens can represent an unwelcome obstacle to maintaining a professional listening experience due to computer monitor manufacturers taking different design approaches to their bases with wildly varying shapes and heights. Here, too, MIZA Jr. shines like no other, solution-wise, with a second platform level sited below the rear of the main work surface that is also height adjustable in 16 mm steps down to 16 cm below a removable top plate. What’s more, that top plate is helpfully divided into three segments so one or two computer monitors can be perfectly positioned with their respective lower viewable edges level with the edge of the main work surface. The benefits of this typically well-thought-through ZAOR design approach are both aesthetically pleasing and acoustically advantageous as all cables, power supplies, and USB hubs, etc, can be banished to below work surface level, leaving a clutter-free workspace optimised for promoting creative workflow.

The layout of the MIZA Jr. is distinctly urban, designed to slip into the tightest of spaces in the smallest of workrooms, thanks to its diminutive dimensions (depth: 700 mm, width: 1250 mm, height: 776 mm). As such, it remains resolutely modern in its outlook as large-format mixing consoles and extensive outboard collections are steadily forsaken for taking the more cost-effective and space-saving route of in-the-box mixing — particularly prevalent in today’s chart-dominating EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genres where DJs are often the production hotshot heroes. ZAOR effectively pays tribute to this trend with the MIZA Jr. by shedding any superfluous attributes while adopting a unique flexibility that turns it into a smart companion for such media-savvy creatives.

Like its MODULAR CONCEPT-sharing bigger brother, the MIZA Z media production workstation, MIZA Jr. can be easily expanded to integrate several specific add-ons as the user (and available space) sees fit. These include the equally-well-thought-through MIZA GRIPRACK, a MIZA Jr. colour-matching 2U- or 4U-sized rack space with a padded top section upon which a nearfield monitor speaker can conveniently be protectively positioned, or MIZA Jr. colour-matching MIZA D-STAND, a sensible solution for precisely positioning nearfield monitors on the MIZA Jr. work surface, helpfully height-adjustable to the millimetre, thanks to a hidden screw thread — slowly spin the padded top section of the speaker stand to easily reach the optimum listening level for the user concerned. Couldn’t be simpler, surely?

MIZA Jr. is produced in the EU (European Union) using melamine-faced chipboard panels with solid wood additions, and comes flat-packed ready for delivery through a worldwide network of retailers with only the smallest of ‘obstacles’ between it and its proud owner to be. Which is? Its €450.00 EUR pleasing price tag, of course!

The MIZA Jr. media workstation is available for purchase starting at an RRP of 450 EUR (including 15% tax, plus shipping costs) for the basic version. It is available in Black/Cherry, Titanium/Bleached Oak, or Titanium/Wengé colour combos, as well as Black or White.

More information: ZAOR

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ZAOR introduces ONDA media workstation

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ZAOR has announced the ONDA media workstation, the latest addition to its family of CLASSIC Series media workstations and accessories designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s musicians and producers by balancing build quality and budget beyond compare.

ZAOR ONDA

The timeless and aesthetically-pleasing ONDA design dates back to customer requests for a lightweight yet reassuringly solid media workstation with easily-reachable rack spacing positioned to its extreme left and right when sitting at the mixing sweet spot.

Taking things one step further, atop each angled rack is a functional flat surface, sited as such for positioning nearfield studio monitors vertically or horizontally as the user sees fit (or the design of the studio monitor being used allows).

All in all, the focus is on durable quality with side panels, front arm rest, and feet all being crafted from solid local oak, which can be left in its natural blond-coloured state or stained to Cherry, Walnut, Mahogony, or Black — the choice is out there, so choose carefully!

The ONDA is available starting at RRP 1,200 EUR (incl. 15% tax, plus shipping costs).

More information: ZAOR / ONDA

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ZAOR introduces MIZA Z-based modular system studio furniture concept

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Studio furniture developer/manufacturer ZAOR has introduced a new modular system studio furniture concept based around its marketable MIZA Z media production desk.

ZAOR MIZA Z

In creating the MIZA Z media production desk, ZAOR Studio Furniture has given much thought to the needs of modern musicians, producers, project studios, and post-production professionals working to space and cost constraints. The remarkable result is an attractive and adaptable platform that also allows users to decide what add-ons they need and where they want to position them to best suit their needs.

Characterised by its heavy-duty ‘Z’-shaped supports, the MIZA Z itself is available in black/cherry, grey/oak, or grey/ wengé (dark grey) colour combinations, and features a spacious (1836 x 850mm) surface with solid-wood front edge, and a matching cable tray on its rear underside. Topside there is plenty of room for a sizeable DAW controller and computer monitor, for example. From the front, a large, pullout tray can comfortably accommodate all manner of peripherals — from computer keyboard to master keyboard, small mixing console to an array of compact and bijou controllers chosen by today’s technology-championing DJ/producers. The choice is out there. Take your pick.

Freedom of choice need not end there, however. Far from it, in fact. For further questions still need deliberation: do you favour an in-the-box recording approach using an all-in-one desktop audio interface, perhaps, or readily access a rack- full of great gear to make great recordings? Do you work with speakers or only headphones? Different approaches dictate different setups, something ZAOR fully appreciates and acknowledges with its flexible MODULAR system studio concept. As such, the MIZA Z media production desk can be expanded easily to integrate several specific add-ons as the user sees fit.

First up, the MIZA GRIPRACK is available as a MIZA Z colour-matching 2U- or 4U-sized rack space with a padded top section onto which a speaker or computer monitor can be protectively positioned. As implied by name, simply slide it along the rear of the MIZA Z desktop then tighten it at the desired position. Up to three can be lined up in a row to provide up to 12U of rack space. Simple. And attractive and adaptable — just like the MIZA Z ‘mothership’!

Speaking of speakers, there is also a sensible solution for precisely positioning active nearfield monitors on the MIZA Z desktop as part of the MODULAR system studio furniture concept: the MIZA D-STAND. Studio monitor placement becomes a breeze with these MIZA Z colour-matching desktop stands that are also helpfully height-adjustable to the millimetre thanks to a hidden screw thread — slowly spin the padded top section of the speaker stand to reach the optimum listening level for the user concerned. Couldn’t be simpler, surely?

Should you wish to use larger studio monitors and position them further away then ZAOR Studio Furniture have also got you covered with the MIZA Z colour-matching MIZA STAND MKII. Attractive and affordable, yet designed to the best possible technical performance standards, these floor stands are also height-adjustable (875 – 1206mm), while the AERstop pad at the top of the stand helps isolate the speaker from the stand to reduce lower frequency content propagation from speaker to floor and room — professional through and through with looks to die for!

Concludes ZAOR Studio Furniture Sales & Marketing Manager Klaus Gehlhaar: “Every user works in their own way. We can’t build the right desk for every one of them, but we’ve gone modular so they can choose whatever they need!”

All modualar system studio furniture concept components can be ordered online directly from ZAOR Studio Furniture for 550 EUR (MIZA Z), 180 EUR (2U MIZA GRIPRACK), 200 EUR (4U MIZA GRIPRACK), 130 EUR (MIZA D-STAND), and 330 EUR (MIZA STAND MKII) — including 15% tax, plus shipping costs — or from any authorised dealer.

More information: ZAOR studio furniture

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Point Blank offers free studio setup with every diploma course

Point Blank has announced it is offering a free studio setup with every one of its diploma courses.

Free studio setup at Point Blank

Every student who books a diploma course with Point Blank will receive a free studio setup courtesy of Novation/Focusrite! The brand new gear collection includes KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard and a laptop bag.

Diploma students will also receive Ableton Live Lite 9, Scarlett plugin suite, Focusrite Midnight, Novation Basstation and Novation V-Station plugins, a Loopmasters sample pack and Novation LaunchPad and LaunchKey iOS apps!

Everything you’ll need to start making great music is included so visit Point Blank London now to find out more about their diploma courses.

More information: Point Blank Online

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Voxengo Custom Drum Recording Sale – 2 weeks left

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Voxengo Custom Drum Recording

Voxengo announced that its custom drum recording service will be retiring soon.

As we are planning to put our Voxengo recording studio room to a more profitable use and thus stop accepting drum recording orders, we decided to offer anyone the last chance to get a professional drum recording performed by Max Sivkov at a greatly reduced price – US$39.95 only.

This offer will be effective for 2 weeks starting today.

The service will become inactive in March, 2014.

More information: Voxengo / Custom drum recording

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