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TC Electronic updates TM7 & TM9 software for dual radar display

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TC Electronic has announced the addition of a dual radar display to the LM6 loudness radar meter algorithm for TC TouchMonitors with software version 1.11.

TC Electronic LM6 dual radar display

With the optional LM6 algorithm installed, users can load two independent Radar meters simultaneously on their TC TouchMonitor TM7 or TM9. This opens a number of highly valuable configurations. For example, it is possible to let one Radar meter instance display a pre-processing signal while the other instance shows a post-processing signal – and best of all, both can be monitored at the same time for the ultimate audio overview. Another scenario could be having two Radar meters display both a stereo and a 5.1 signal simultaneously – or two stereo or two 5.1 signals, of course. Finally, both instances also provide 24 hour history for the audio being monitored.

Other instruments have been updated as well – for example, it is now possible to run multiple instances of the Surround Sound Analyzer. Also, the on-screen help feature has been improved as has the general UI expeience with e.g. enhanced mouse sensitivity and new slider functions. Finally, the software release also features improvements with regard to general stability and performance.

In essence, TC TouchMonitor TM7 & TM9 is the ultimate loudness meter solution, featuring touch screen, an extremely consistent loudness readout and compatibility with e.g. American, European and Japanese broadcasting standards.

For decades, TC Electronic has explored and pioneered the field of digital audio and loudness metering, offering state of the art tools for measuring, correcting and converting audio for a wide variety of applications. For instance, the amazing Radar Meter is available as a software plug-in (LM5D) for Pro Tools HD and TC Electronic’s award-winning System 6000 MKII platform, DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII broadcasting processors and the newly introduced LM2 rack based stereo loudness meter.

The TC TouchMonitor TM7 & TM9 is a full-featured stereo and multichannel loudness and true-peak level meter, which is perfect not only for broadcast ingest and transmission, but also for post, film and live production. To comply with a given international broadcasting standard, the numbers representing loudness are paramount, and these all-important digits are displayed instantly on the large color touch screen.

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TC Electronic announces RH750 compact bass head

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TC Electronic has announced the RH750, a compact bass head boasting 750 watts of power and 1200 watts peak, as well as superior tonal capabilities and the well-known Bass Amp 2.0 feature set.

RH750 continues TC Electronic’s Bass Amp 2.0 quest of bringing a whole new set of features to bass players. RH750 captures the essence of this new revolutionary concept with a built-in chromatic tuner, three presets and jaw-dropping tone shaping abilities combined with immense power and stunning bass tone.

The new RH750 raises the bass bar to new heights. First of all, it jams significant power into its compact design – 750 watts (1200 watts peak) just waiting to be unleashed on stages everywhere! Secondly, a new TweeterTone knob, offering ‘intelligent HF control’, takes RH750 from old-school vintage tones to crisp and modern bass tones or anything in between in seconds. RH750 and RH450 are obviously related, RH750 simply takes it up a notch!

Further, RH750 includes SpectraComp, a unique ‘per string’ bass compressor that has been praised by bass players all over the world for its extremely even compression across all strings. The head also includes TubeTone, an amazing recreation of both a tube pre- and power amp. Combine this with an extremely versatile 4-band tone control section and the new TweeterTone feature and the tone shaping capability of RH750 is in a league of its own.

With three on-board presets, bass players will be able to store their favorite tones tailored for different basses or musical styles. Finally, switching between vintage Fenders and modern, active basses or between funky R n’ B and classic Rock ‘n Roll tunes is completely effortless.

Also, the built-in, chromatic bass tuner makes maintaining perfect pitch of the low notes on the stage simple. The tuner is always displaying the tuning state of the bass, and it is a breeze to tune up silently and swiftly between songs by hitting the Mute button. It has never been faster to get back to the important thing – playing music!

TC Electronic RH750

RH750 features

  • Power – 750 watts.
  • TweeterTone™ – Front panel tweeter level control for crisp and modern bass tones.
  • Presets – 3 user-defined presets.
  • On-board chromatic tuner – Always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time.
  • SpectraComp™ – Multi-band compression – the musical way to compress!
  • TubeTone™ – Emulation of both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections.
  • 4-band EQ – Semi-parametric Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid and Treble.
  • Transformer balanced Line Driver – Studio-grade DI for ultra-clean signals to PAs or DAWs.

The RH750 is available this April, for an estimated price of 999 EUR / $999 USD.

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TC Electronic PolyTune update adds Drop-D tuning

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TC Electronic has announced a software update for the PolyTune polyphonic tuner, adding Drop-D tuning.

TC Electronic PolyTune

PolyTune has received numerous awards and gained a huge fan base in just a little over a year, and now TC Electronic meets the single most demanded feature: support for Drop-D tuning!

TC Electronic has revolutionized guitar tuning at a stroke – or strum – with PolyTune™, the world’s first polyphonic guitar tuner. This cutting-edge tuning technology revolutionizes tuning and accomplishes what has been deemed ‘impossible’ until now: tuning all strings simultaneously! It’s as simple as: strum, tune and rock – even for hard-riffing guitarists and bassists who like to drop the lower E-string down to D! For switching between standard tuning and Drop-D, just press and hold the footswitch for two seconds.

The update also includes a new ’Capo Mode’ that compensates when a capo is being used, and best of all, the update is completely free of charge to all PolyTune users! The software update is available on TC Electronic’s website, and it is simple to install via PolyTune’s USB port – it’s just a matter of hooking up the pedal to a computer and uploading the new software version.

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TC Electronic announces DB4 MKII & DB8 MKII cross-platform broadcast processors

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TC Electronic has announced the DB4 MKII & DB8 MKII, two cross-platform broadcast processors which add more of everything compared to their predecessors.

TC Electronic DB8 MKII

DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII conform to new EBU, ATSC and ITU Loudness and True-peak level standards across all platforms and all formats. The broadcast world’s highest resolution, lowest latency and lowest distortion comes complimentary with DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII.

More Metering – The MKII versions feature the new EBU R128 and ATSC A/85 compliant LM6 Loudness Meter, new SNMP functions and one week of detailed logging, even without connection to a computer. In DB4 MKII, the LM6 meter is always available in addition to its two multichannel audio processors.

More Redundancy – With several thousand units operating constantly and globally, there is plenty of proof that the original DB4 and DB8 processors rarely fail. Now add the redundancy of the MKII versions: Same power supply, but two of them. Also, double up on fuses, double up on mains inlets and double up on the Swiss-made Papst fans.

More Compatibility – TC Electronic’s DB2, DB4 and DB8 processors are famous for their preset compatibility, allowing installations of any size to use the same settings. DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII are just as user-friendly and run presets from original DB4 and DB8 units straight out of the box.

More Trickle-Down – DB4 and DB8 processors have a record of introducing novel solutions that facilitate multi-platform broadcast (’Trickle-Down processing’) from one, low latency frame. The MKII’s continue on the same path with generous new functions that work regardless if metadata has been correctly set upstream or not.

Mastering Quality – Synchronous 48 kHz sampling and 48 bit processing throughout, in combination with massive jitter rejection, ensures high audio resolution and perfect timing, even when long transmission lines are used to feed a processor. Hundreds of DB processors can be cascaded without degrading the sound as much as a single pass through HDTV data reduction.

DB-4 MKII & DB-8 MKII main features

  • Compatibility – conform to new EBU, ATSC and ITU Loudness and True-peak level standards across all platforms and all formats.
  • LM6 metering – EBU R128 and ATSC A/85 compliant and new SNMP functions.
  • Logging – One week of detailed logging, even without connection to a computer.
  • Double up – Two power supplies, two fuses, two main inlets and two Swiss-made Papst fans.
  • Preset compatibility – Runs original DB4 and DB8 presets right out of the box.
  • More Trickle-Down – Work whether metadata has been correctly set upstream or not.
  • Mastering quality – 48 kHz sampling, 48 bit processing and massive jitter rejection ensures high audio resolution and perfect timing.

DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII are available now and will be on display at the NAB Show 2011 in Las Vegas (April 11 – 14) at booth SU10217.

Pricing:

  • DB-4 MKII: US$10,995 MSRP / €9,000 List (excl VAT)
  • DB-8 MKII: US$17,495 MSRP / €14,000 List (excl VAT)

More information: TC Electronic / DB-4 MKII & DB-8 MKII

TC Group joins AVnu Alliance

TC Group has announced it will become part of the AVnu Alliance, adding its companies’ expertise to the industry forum’s efforts to establish AVB as the next-generation open networking standard.

AVnu Alliance Marketing Work Group Chairman, Lee Minich, flanked by TC Group CEO Anders Fauerskov (right) and CTO Morten Lave (left)AVnu Alliance Marketing Work Group Chairman, Lee Minich, flanked by TC Group CEO Anders Fauerskov (right) and CTO Morten Lave (left)

TC Group – parent company of leading audio manufacturing brands TC Electronic, Tannoy, Lab.gruppen, Lake and TC Helicon – announced on Tuesday at the opening of Integrated Systems Europe 2011 that it is to become part of the AVnu Alliance, the industry forum dedicated to the establishment and promotion of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) open network standard. As TC Group is a major player in key sectors of the pro audio market, the move adds further momentum and specific market and technological expertise to the efforts in establishing AVB as the preferred Ethernet-based audio and video networking environment for next generation products.

Interoperability has long been a key consideration for the group, as it strives to align its diverse portfolio of audio products, with the objective of offering the customer ease of integration and complete system compatibility. TC Group is fully supportive of the move towards IEEE 802.1, stating that the establishment of AVB as the leading open standard will benefit customers, manufacturers and the industry as a whole by providing a level playing field for future product development while giving end users greater confidence in, and choice of, network-compatible devices.

TC Group sees networked audio as a critical issue in pro audio – in both the install and tour world – and has already utilized digital audio networking across multiple branded components, such as the implementation of established Ethernet-based protocols in Lab.gruppen’s PLM Series and Lake’s LM 26. Development of technologies intended to be in line with proposed AVB standards is already being carried out by the group’s specialist division TC Applied Technologies and this formal announcement by TC Group to join AVnu Alliance goes some way to underlining those advances. It also gives substance to the company’s continual efforts to provide customers with the latest and most flexible interoperable system solutions – through the development of products that support AVB as well as other relevant network standards.

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Softube announces Crossgrade for PowerCore Users

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Softube has announced a crossgrade for users of its PowerCore plugins.

On January 19, TC Electronic announced that they will cease further development of the PowerCore platform.

Softube offers a crossgrade for PowerCore users that own Tube-Tech CL 1B or Vintage Amp Room for PowerCore. Send us proof of purchase for Tube-Tech CL 1B or Vintage Amp Room for PowerCore and we will offer a 50% discount when purchasing the native versions from us. For those of you that already own both PowerCore and native licenses, get in touch with us and we will handle it on a case-by-case basis. This offer is valid until February 28.

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TC Electronic announces crossgrade option to Universal Audio UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, development of PowerCore range ceases

TC Electronic and Universal Audio have announced a collaboration to offer a high value crossgrade option to UAD-2 for registered PowerCore users worldwide, as further development for the PowerCore range comes to a halt.

UAD 2 Quad

As part of a larger strategic review, TC Electronic has decided to cease further development of the PowerCore product range. With the most recent release of software version 4.0, PowerCore is fully compatible with current operating systems and DAWs – 32 bit as well as 64 bit. TC Electronic will continue to sell all of the existing PowerCore plug-ins and hardware variants and will keep offering user support for the platform. Also, TC Electronic will continue its general computer recording activities, including audio interfaces and plug-ins.

In addition, TC Electronic announces a collaboration with Universal Audio in order to offer a crossgrade program, allowing registered PowerCore users to receive a value pack of up to $1,300 worth of UAD Powered Plug-Ins free of charge when registering their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package.

TC Electronic Product Manager Thomas Valter says: “We are proud to work with one of the industry leaders in external DSP power solutions to offer our users a top-notch addition to their existing PowerCore setup.”

The crossgrade offer is valid from February 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011. In order to qualify for the crossgrade offer, PowerCore users must register a new UAD-2 package, including the recently announced UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, within this period. Further, the offer is only valid to new users, i.e. users that are new to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

PowerCore users, who qualify and want to make use of this offer, simply have to register their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package via Universal Audio’s website. During the registration process, they just enter the serial number of their PowerCore unit which will trigger the release of the corresponding UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

The crossgrade offer includes three different plug-in packages that are linked to corresponding UAD-2 processor level purchased (SOLO, DUO, or QUAD):

  • UAD-2 SOLO / SOLO Flexi / SOLO/Laptop crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • Total Value: $377
  • UAD-2 DUO / DUO Flexi / Satellite DUO crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Total Value: $675
  • UAD-2 QUAD / QUAD Flexi / QUAD Omni / Satellite QUAD crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Precision Limiter ($199)
    • Precision Equalizer ($199)
    • Precision Multiband ($249)
    • Total value: $1322

More information: TC Electronic / Universal Audio

TC Electronic introduces Dark Matter Distortion and MojoMojo Overdrive

TC Electronic has introduced Dark Matter Distortion and MojoMojo Overdrive, two hard-punching guitar pedals that take overdrive and distortion to whole new levels.

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion

Dark Matter Distortion is all about that powerful, super-musical roar of an early plexi – a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players.

From cleans with an attitude and warm, bluesy tones to a crunch with grit for days and fully saturated lead sounds full of harmonics and overtones, it’s all there in spades and instantly available by riding the guitar’s volume knob.

An all-analog circuit, dual-band tone controls, level and drive knobs and a voicing switch to tweak the bass response ensure plenty of gain to suit any kind of musical style while maintaining an extremely open and clear sound that never gets muddy. All Dark Matter Distortion does is add degrees of distortion without affecting the fundamental tone.

TC Electronic MojoMojo

MojoMojo Overdrive will breathe life, magic and that certain something into any sound.

Guitarists everywhere are always looking for that little extra push over the cliff, a touch of extra bite, body and tone. MojoMojo Overdrive will add that flash of perfection, providing a crisp and clear overdrive with a rock-solid bottom end.

The aim was to create a pedal that sounds like an amp, having a very open character and little compression. The pedal should be alive, have an attitude and pick up on playing subtleties in a dynamic way. Also, the ideal was not just any old amp. MojoMojo Overdrive needed to offer that sweet, glassy and purely musical cranked tweed sound – the magic, spine-shivering feeling of an amplifier working hard and delivering pure valve tone. Quite simply, MojoMojo Overdrive is like adding another channel to the amp, and it will sound like it always belonged there.

Dark Matter & MojoMojo features

  • Sound quality – First-class guitar overdrive and distortion tones right out of the box.
  • True Bypass – Maximum tonal integrity.
  • Flexible inputs & outputs – Accepts instrument as well as line level/FX Loop signals.
  • Easy battery access – Unique one-screw battery access for lightning fast battery changes.
  • Compact and cool – A small footprint makes it fit on any board, and the sheer look guarantees
    that it will turn some heads once it sits there!

Dark Matter and MojoMojo are expected to ship in March 2011, priced at $177 USD / 122 EUR List (excl VAT) each.

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