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Retronyms releases Tabletop modular audio environment for iPad

Retronyms Tabletop

Retronyms has released Tabletop, a modular audio studio app for iPad.

The heart of Tabletop is a modular environment where you can mix and match different devices. Select from more than a dozen devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and more. Buy only the gear you need from an expanding catalog.

Tabletop is the first musical environment designed from the ground up exclusively for the iPad. Each device has its own uses, characteristics, personality—ranging from classics like drum pad samplers to touchscreen effects.

Tabletop features

  • 15 unique Devices at launch.
  • 300 sounds (multisample instruments, loops, phrases).
  • Record sequences, arrange into songs.
  • Adjustable quantization (pre- and post-record).
  • Recordable parameter automation.
  • Overdub and replace record modes.
  • Trigger sequences and patterns live.
  • Multitouch instruments and devices.
  • Sampling (internal mic, line in).
  • Adjustable tempo.
  • Import your own sound library, save presets.
  • Support for imported .mid phrases.
  • Insert and send/return (master) effects.
  • Undo history.
  • 44Khz, studio-quality audio.
  • Sync 2 iPads running Tabletop or other apps with WIST.
  • Import sounds from dozens of apps with AudioPaste.
  • … and much more! See the full feature list.

Tabletop for iPad is available in a launch bundle for just $4.99 USD for a limited time. This special price includes 9 of the 15 modular devices, normally available via in-app purchase.

More information: Retronyms Tabletop

Shure and Guitar Center Studios Give Musicians Room(s) to Rock

Funding for school music programs is disappearing nationwide, but there’s no shortage of people with a burning desire to sing or play an instrument. Recognizing a need for education, rehearsal, and recording facilities, microphone manufacturer Shure Incorporated is providing microphones and headphones to the growing list of Guitar Center Studios, as the music retailer expands its music education facilities in the U.S.

Guitar Center Studios

“Music education programs are disappearing from public schools, and individual lesson providers are challenged to deliver a broad offering of learning opportunities and tools,” says Tom Hemphill, Director of Guitar Center Studios. To counter this trend, Guitar Center Studios has taken the fundamental elements of music education—learning to play, connecting with peers, rehearsing together, and recording—and made them the cornerstones of a progressive learning pedagogy.

“Guitar Center Studios not only provides best-in-class music education, but a wide range of opportunities to apply that education,” Hemphill continues. “We serve as a community where musicians can learn, meet, rehearse, and record using professional equipment.” The facilities use a subscription model under which students can take advantage of any or all of these resources for one price.

In addition to providing music lessons and training in Pro Tools and Logic software, the program encourages musicians to get together, rehearse, and record themselves. Having access to professional-caliber equipment is a key component of this part of the program, and Shure has outfitted every Guitar Center Studios facility with SM58® handheld microphones, MX395 low-profile microphones and SRH240 professional headphones. “Shure has been a tireless supporter of what we’re doing, and we’re grateful,” says Hemphill. The microphones and headphones enable performances to be recorded easily, allowing musicians to review their performances and identify areas for improvement. “You can walk in, rehearse, and walk out with a CD that you can learn from,” says Hemphill.

“The Guitar Center brand is known and respected by musicians at every level, from beginners to working professionals,” says Abby Kaplan, Sales Director, Western U.S., at Shure Incorporated. “We’re proud to partner with Guitar Center Studios to help develop the next generation of performers.”

More information: Shure / Guitar Center Studios

Event Electronics introduces 20/20BAS speaker

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Event Electronics 20/20BAS

Event Electronics has announced the 20/20BAS, a nearfield studio monitor speaker.

First released in 1995, the original 20/20 nearfield studio monitor revolutionised the recording industry and secured itself a place in the hearts of audio engineers the world over for its truthful reproduction and outstanding sonic character.

Now Event is proud to announce a new generation of clarity, transparency and definition with the release of the 20/20BAS. This two-way front ported speaker incorporates a number of fundamental improvements over the original model while remaining true to its tonal character and performance strengths.

More information: Event Electronics

KRK Systems introduces Rokit RP10-3

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KRK Systems has introduced the Rokit RP10-3, a mid-field three-way monitor system.

KRK Systems Rokit RP10-3

Designed to deliver full range professional performance in a mid-field monitor package, the ROKIT RP10-3 breaks both performance and price barriers to give commercial and private studios the creative edge for critical listening environments. The integrated low frequency driver and cabinet design deliver true bass response down to 35Hz to yield an enhanced low end experience not found with other mid-field monitors. The ROKIT RP10-3 also offers a unique rotatable tweeter/midrange speaker mount plate that ensures accurate acoustic alignment for vertical and horizontal installation, making it at home in any studio.

Rokit RP10-3 features

  • True 3-Way Design enabling the most important part of the frequency spectrum to be reproduced by a separate midrange driver, resulting in an incredibly neutral midrange response.
  • Axis Control – The monitors can be placed and positioned vertically and horizontally without losing proper axis orientation.
  • Mid-Field – The Rokit RP10-3 is a mid-field monitor, with the optimal operating distance of 1m-4m depending on preference, room size, geometry, orientation, and configuration.
  • Curved Baffle virtually eliminates diffraction distortion
  • Front-firing Port is shape optimized to reduce turbulence and reduce boundary coupling.
  • Tweeter Waveguide design provides amazing detail and imaging by optimizing directivity and phase response.
  • 1″ Neodymium Soft Dome Tweeter This tweeter design utilizes a silk dome for detailed high frequency reproduction.
  • Ferro fluid Damping / Cooling The properties of ferro-fluid are used to control distortion and heat dissipation of the tweeter.
  • Glass Aramid Composite creates very rigid Woofer and Midrange cones for excellent transient response and accurate vocal reproduction.
  • KRK High Efficiency Tri-Amp a triple amplification system provides discrete low-distortion power for each driver. While our active three-way crossover systems provide smooth and accurate frequency response.
  • Thermal and Overload / Clip Protection to prevent damage.
  • Volume Control on rear of unit allows a high resolution gain range from -30 dB to +6 dB.
  • HF Control enables adjustment of high frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
  • LF Control enables adjustment of low frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
  • Total Connectivity – The Rokit RP10-3 is fitted with dedicated balanced XLR, and¼” Line inputs and unbalanced RCA inputs.

More information: KRK Systems / Rokit RP10-3

KK audio labs announces DS-6 reference monitor

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KK audio labs DS-6

KK audio labs has introduced the DS-6, a six-inch, two-way powered studio reference monitor.

The high-resolution KK audio labs DS-6 monitor speaker features a six-inch low frequency driver utilizing proprietary composite cone material together with a one-inch, custom-designed titanium composite high frequency tweeter. KK audio labs amplifier modules deliver 200W to the tweeter and 350W to the woofer respectively.

A unique feature of the DS series – which also includes the DS-8 eight-inch, two-way powered monitor – is the inclusion of four meticulously tuned presets that may be employed to optimize the monitor for any listening environment. Featuring balanced XLR inputs for connection to professional mixing consoles, computer audio interfaces, audiovisual equipment and consumer audio systems, the DS-6 handles a frequency range of 44 Hz – 22 kHz (+/- 2 dB) with a maximum Peak SPL of greater than 111 dB (per pair) of music power.

The very linear and quick transient response along with stunning bass impact and low distortion of the KK audio labs DS-6 is ensured through the use of the company’s proprietary Acoustic Cabinet Control (ACC™) technology in its state of the art cabinet design. The enclosure, measuring 13.9 in. (353.06 mm) x 12.6 in. (320.04 mm) x 12.9 in. (327.66 mm) (H x W x D), is constructed from very high density MDF with a custom gray finish. Each unit weighs 25 lb (11.3 kg).

More information: KK audio labs / DS-6

Mackie redesigns MRmk2 Reference Monitors

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Mackie MR5mk2 / MR8mk2

Mackie has announced a complete redesign of the MRmk2, its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors.

Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie product manager, Matt Redmon. “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification. Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback. The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

More information: Mackie / MRmk2

Indaba Music & Blue Microphones partner for original songwriting competition

Indaba Music

Indaba Music has announced the Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition.

Purchasing a membership to Indaba Music is always a great idea, but the next two weeks will be the perfect time to join the state-of-the-art online music community. From January 10th through January 24th, Blue Microphones is proud to offer new and renewing Indaba members some of their innovative products. Blue Microphones will provide a free Icicle ($59 value)—a stylish new USB converter and mic preamp combo — with the purchase of a $50 Indaba “Pro” yearly membership. Those who purchase a $250 “Platinum” Indaba yearly membership will receive a free Yeti ($149 value) — the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere – plus, an Icicle. Both Indaba memberships also include free shipping, with no tax.

Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

By joining Indaba, members also have the opportunity to enter the site’s latest original songwriting contest. Sponsored by Blue Microphones and beginning on January 10th through February 7th, artists can submit songs in any style featuring vocals for the chance to earn a Grand Prize that includes a round-trip flight to Los Angeles, two nights in a hotel, a day recording at Blue Microphones’ state-of-the-art studio and $1,000 cash.

IndabaMusic.com currently enables over 550,000 musicians from over 200 countries and territories to network and utilize professional recording, music lessons, artistic collaborations, and other career-making opportunities at its recently launched Opportunity Marketplace. Multi-platinum recording artist Rivers Cuomo of Weezer said, “Indaba opens the door for a giant population of musicians.”

In addition to receiving an Icicle, the annual ($50/year) Indaba “Pro” membership includes:

  • Unlimited submissions to opportunities like major label record releases, remix competitions, music licensing, and jobs.
  • Distribution of 15 songs to iTunes.
  • An embeddable direct-to-consumer store.
  • 15% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.
  • Discounts from Connect by Hertz, Sweetwater and Electronic Musician and more (a value of more than $200).

In addition to receiving a Yeti and an Icicle, the annual ($250/year) Indaba “Platinum” membership includes all the benefits of a “Pro” membership plus:

  • Distribution of 50 songs to iTunes.
  • 30% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.

More information: Indaba Music / Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

Agile Partners and Peavey Electronics release AmpKit v1.1

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Agile Partners / Peavey AmpKit

Agile Partners and Peavey Electronics have released version 1.1 of AmpKit, the amp and pedal studio with extensive recording and re-amping capabilities.

Now a “universal” app supporting iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, AmpKit 1.1 is available for free to everyone who already purchased AmpKit for iPhone/iPod touch.

In addition, any gear (i.e., amps, pedals, mics) you already purchased can be easily shared across devices using AmpKit’s Restore Purchases functionality. AmpKit 1.1 leverages the iPad’s seamless rotation between landscape and portrait orientations and takes full advantage of the iPad’s larger display. For example, you can view an entire amp and pedal setup while simultaneously modifying gear settings, or view as many as 15 setups or presets at once without scrolling.

AmpKit 1.1 provides users with a delightful interactive experience that includes beautiful amp and pedal artwork designed specifically for iPad.

Changes in AmpKit v1.1

  • Audio Copy and Paste. You can now copy AmpKit recordings and paste them into other apps, and paste audio from other apps into AmpKit as backing tracks or dry guitar audio. AmpKit supports both Sonoma’s AudioCopy/AudioPaste standard and Apple’s General Pasteboard.
  • Amazing New Gear. AmpKit 1.1 offers a new American Acoustic amp with 16 built-in effects, a Tremo-LOL pedal with American and British tremolo modes, and the Wahba Doo all-in-one envelope filter + auto-wah + manual wah with accelerometer tilt support.
  • Awesome New Bundles. You’ll find three new bundles in AmpKit 1.1 featuring discounts ranging from 50% to 70% compared to individual component prices! In fact, you can buy almost every item in the Gear Store via these highly discounted biundles.
  • And Much More! AmpKit 1.1 offers a ton of additional new features and enhancements including the ability to place pedals both before and after the amp; instant access to your iPod music library so you can jam along; setup sharing, favorites and locking; quick jump from one favorite setup or preset to another; and a lot more!

AmpKit is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. AmpKit+, which includes all the gear in the free version of AmpKit plus 3 amazing amps and 8 essential pedals at less than 1/2 their individual prices, is available for $19.99 USD.

More information: Agile Partners / AmpKit