TASCAM intros US-16×08 multichannel audio interface

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TASCAM has announced the US-16×08, a 16-in/8-out USB audio/MIDI interface with advanced features to manage big sessions.

TASCAM US-16x08

Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps deliver the cleanest and quietest specifications in their class while delivering up to 56dB of gain. An additional eight line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.

Built into the US-16×08 is a DSP Mixer for low-latency digital mixing. Each channel has four-band EQ and compression for polished-sounding monitor mixes. In addition to interface mode, the US-16×08 can be used as a standalone mic preamp. Mac and Windows drivers are provided, as well as USB Audio Compliance 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility. MIDI input and output are also available on the rear panel.

The solid, metal case was designed by designbox studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your head around. Rack ears are also included with the US-16×08.

Whether using the ergonomically-designed angled desktop stand or mounting with the included rack ears, the US-16×08 includes enough I/O for almost any music recording application.

US-16×08 features

  • Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps with 56dB of gain.
  • 16-in/8-out interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
  • Eight 1/4” balanced line inputs, two switchable to instrument level.
  • DSP Mixer for Low-latency monitoring with EQ and compression.
  • High-quality audio components for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
  • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
  • Independent line out and headphone level controls.
  • MIDI Input and Output.
  • Metal body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
  • Rackmount adapter included.

The US-16×08 is scheduled for release in November 2014, priced at $299.99 (street price).

More information: TASCAM / US-16×08

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TASCAM intros US-2×2 & US-4×4 audio/MIDI interfaces

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TASCAM has introduced the US-2×2 and US-4×4, two new USB audio/MIDI interfaces that combine great-sounding audio, solid drivers and innovative, functional design.

Tascam US-4x4

The US-2×2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. The US-4×4 adds two more Ultra-HDDA preamps and two more balanced line outputs for a total of four inputs and four outputs.

Both interfaces include class-compliant drivers for use with tablets like the iPad when using a power supply (included with the US-4×4, optional on the US-2×2.) The units require no driver installation on Mac OS X, and all-new high-performance drivers are being written in-house for Windows ASIO use. Each of the interfaces includes MIDI in and out, as well as two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

The all-aluminum case was designed by The Box design studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your neck around.

With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-2×2 is the perfect choice for desktop and mobile studios.

US-2×2 / US-4×4 features

  • Two (US-2×2) / four (US-4×4) high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain.
  • Two-in/two-out (US-2×2) / four-in/four-out (US-4×4) USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
  • XLR/1/4” combination input jacks.
  • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring.
  • High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
  • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
  • Independent line out and headphone level controls.
  • MIDI Input and Output.
  • Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
  • Optional power supply (US-2×2) / Power Supply included (US-4×4, required for use)
  • Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

More information: TASCAM / US-2×2 & US-4×4

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Gibson Brands announces intention to acquire Cakewalk Inc.

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Gibson Brands to acquire Cakewalk

Gibson Brands has entered into a letter of intent with Roland Corporation and Cakewalk, Inc. for Gibson to acquire Cakewalk pursuant to definitive acquisition agreements to be negotiated by the parties.

According to Gibson Brands Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cakewalk must be very flattered that so many of their innovations have become industry standards. As an addition to the Gibson Pro Audio Group, Cakewalk will enhance their flagship professional products, pursue provocative R&D initiatives, and continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide.”

Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, a new brand, TASCAM Professional Software, will be created to support, promote, and publish Cakewalk’s current and future professional products. Cakewalk President Michael Hoover notes “The world’s most iconic guitar, Gibson’s Les Paul, bears the name of the inventor of multitrack recording—and TASCAM launched a musical revolution by bringing multitrack recording to the masses. The combination will make a fitting home for products developed by Cakewalk.” TASCAM President Yuji Hanabusa states “The future of recording is an intelligent, intuitive combination of both hardware and software. Cakewalk and TASCAM will have the power to realize this future.”

The Cakewalk staff and headquarters will remain in Boston as an independent division. Juszkiewicz concludes, “This isn’t just about wanting to acquire Cakewalk’s respected product line. We’re equally excited about what Cakewalk’s R&D labs are developing for current Cakewalk fans—as well as those who are about to become Cakewalk fans.”

More information: Cakewalk

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Tascam announces US-322 & US-366 USB audio interfaces

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Tascam has announced the US-322 and US-366, two new USB audio interfaces

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Tascam’s new US-366 USB 2.0 audio interface with DSP Mixer.

These interfaces combine compelling new technologies like on-board digital mixers (DSP Mixer) and on-board digital effects (DSP Effects) along with advances on the wildly popular US-122mkII and US-144mkII interfaces. The US-322 and US-366 sport similar aluminum casings for the same rugged reliability plus new improved HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic pres. These HDDA Mic Pres offer a wider frequency response (10Hz to 68kHz), high S/N ratio (98dB), low EIN (-120dBu) and low THD+N (0.0045%); qualities rarely achieved in interfaces this affordable.

These all-new interfaces boast low S/N ratio, low THD and the US-366 flaunts 24bit/192kHz recording; certifying these as the best sounding interfaces to be released by TASCAM yet. The 2-in/2-out US-322 features 1 Mic XLR/Line-Guitar TRS input, 1 Mic XLR/Line TRS input, 2 Line TRS and 2 Line RCA outputs. The 6-in/4-out or 4-in/6-out US-366 adds 2 Line RCA inputs and 1 Digital RCA/Optical input/output. One click of the top-loaded “Mixer Panel” button will access TASCAM’s new mixing console screen and on-board insert/send effects for easy-to-use, versatile recording. The digital mixer offers two operational modes, multi-track mode and stereo-mix mode.

After months of organized tests by TASCAM’s esteemed engineers and R&D department, the new TASCAM interfaces are guaranteed to offer new luxuries, reliability and value not found before in competing models. TASCAM’s US-322 and US-366 are bundled with Cubase LE6, feature easy-to-use controls, amazing quality, and feature-rich technology, advantages sure to please professional and amateur recording artists alike.

The US-322 and US-366 are priced ESP $149.99 USD and $199 USD respectively.

More information: Tascam

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Precious Sound releases PreBrute for Kontakt

Precious Sound PreBrute

Precious Sound has announced PreBrute, the worlds first sample based Kontakt synth based on the Arturia MiniBrute.

We were lucky to get our hands on one and decided that it would be a ideal synth to sample for our engine. We have spent many months painstakingly sampling the synth with 4 different signal chains.

Our flavour system is just that you can select along the 4 oscillators what waveform and flavour (sampling chain) to choose from, so you have 20 waveform choices but 80 possible choices per Osc including the different flavours.

While sampling PreBrute we pushed our preamps hard to imprint characteristics of the actual pre to the sound resulting in subtle/extreme changes.

We also tracked the raw sound to cassette tape using a Tascam 122mk3, we tracked at a slow speed to naturally roll off some of the high end giving the tape waveforms a really warm and smooth sound.

PreBrute features

  • 2.16GB Kontakt 5 Library.
  • 7,612 24bit samples.
  • “4Scoop” engine for Kontakt.
  • Includes 45 presets.

PreBrute is available at a special 25% off festive discount until January 7th, 2013, priced at £30 GBP (regular £39.99 GBP). Prices inc. VAT. Owners of any “4Scoop” based product are entitled to a additional 10% discount part of a newly established Loyalty Scheme.

More information: Precious Sound / PreBrute

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