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iConnectivity releases iConnectMIDI2+ multi-host interface

iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+

iConnectivity has announced the availability of iConnectMIDI2+, an interface which enables users to use their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with their Mac/PC like a plugin, controller, and much more.

iConnectMIDI2+ is a multi-host interface that features iConnectivity’s unique multi-hosting and audio passThru technology.

iConnectMIDI2+’s multi-hosting capability allows for more than up to 2 computing devices to share the same interface as well as access and share MIDI resources over its 2 pairs of MIDI DINs and its 8 additional user configurable ports. This enables workflow such as, sending midi from a controller or synthesizer to DAW and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment, sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more.

As a part of its multi-hosting capabilities iConnectMIDI2+ also features audio passThru. This technology enables 2 computing devices (PC, MAC, iOS) to not only pass MIDI data but also act as an audio interface between them, seamlessly bridging each computing device into each other’s audio and MIDI environments. Now a synth running on a user’s iPad. iPod touch, or iPhone could behave as if it were a touch-controlled plug-in running inside a host DAW, Adventurous users can even use their Mac or PC as a slave to their iOS device. The iConnectMIDI2+ offers seamless integration in all directions.

In addition to its expanded connectivity iConnectMIDI2+ includes iConnectivity’s iConfig MIDI manager software for iOS, MAC and PC allowing the user complete control over how MIDI is routed, remapped and filtered to and from all devices connected to it.

iConnectMIDI2+ features

  • Multi-Host Capability – Connect 2 Computing Devices Simultaneously.
  • Audio passThru™ Between Connected Computing Devices.
  • Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices.
  • 2 In & 2 Out Pairs of MIDI DIN Connectivity.
  • Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage – For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control.
  • USB MIDI Class Compliant.
  • USB Bus Powered.
  • Supports 10 Ports of 16 Channels of MIDI I/O Per Port.
  • Plug and Play – No Drivers Needed.

The features of iConnectMIDI2+ are patent pending.

iConnectMIDI2+ is now available to purchase for MSRP $99.99 USD, with an estimated street price of $89.99 USD.

More information: iConnectivity / iConnectMIDI2+

Celemony Melodyne seamlessly integrates into Sonar X3

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Celemony has announced that its Melodyne essential is included in the new Sonar X3 music production software by Cakewalk.

Celemony Melodyne essential in Sonar X3

Cakewalk’s new Sonar X3 offers, thanks to Celemony’s ARA technology, a particularly user-friendly Melodyne integration, so it’s only fitting that Melodyne essential is included in the bundle.

Through the application of ARA Audio Random Access technology, the Grammy-Award-winning audio tool Melodyne is integrated so seamlessly into Sonar X3 that it seems to be a part of the DAW. This makes using Melodyne much easier. The correction and optimization of recordings proceeds faster and is more fun.

Sonar X3 Producer and Sonar X3 Studio are supplied in a bundle with Melodyne essential, which permits basic Melodyne editing of pitch and timing with monophonic audio material such as lead vocal, bass or flute tracks. But the latest version of Melodyne editor can also, thanks to ARA, be operated elegantly in Sonar X3 and offers, in addition to extended tools, the patented DNA Direct Note Access for polyphonic audio material – ideal for editing individual notes in piano or guitar recordings or for polyphonic audio-to-MIDI.

“We are pleased and proud that, with Cakewalk, another important manufacturer is now supporting ARA,” says Anselm Rößler, Managing Director of Celemony. “Users of ARA to date have given us very positive feedback and we are convinced that also Sonar users will be enthused by the Melodyne integration.”

ARA technology was developed by Celemony in cooperation with Presonus and is open to use by manufacturers of both DAWs and plug-ins. ARA opens an additional channel of communication so that DAW and plug-in can exchange information about the audio file, tempo, pitch and rhythm among many other things, and thereby work much more closely together.

More information: Celemony

Avid intros S6 Control Surface

Avid has announced the S6 Control Surface, a major new addition to its industry leading family of control surfaces for sound recording, mixing and editing.

Avid S6

Avid S6 is designed for audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, delivering the performance needed to complete projects faster while producing the best sounding mixes. In addition, S6 provides mixing professionals with a state-of-the-art solution that easily scales to meet their current and future challenges.

“Working in ever more complex environments with fast project turnarounds, mixers need intuitive, tactile control of editing and mixing, and the ability to easily work with other artists, engineers, and facilities,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Drawing on more than 20 years of leading edge innovation, the S6 delivers the game-changing modularity, superior ergonomics, and streamlined collaboration to meet mixers’ changing business requirements.”

Built on the same proven technology that is core to the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families, the Avid S6 enables mixers to quickly turn around complex projects while swiftly handling last-minute changes. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools® and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs over simple Ethernet, S6 also speeds workflows and enables network collaboration on a single integrated platform.

Avid S6 modular design

S6 features

  • Revolutionary modular design — Adapting to every stage of a user’s business, the S6 control surface can be customized with the addition of the modules needed to match current workflow. It can be horizontally and vertically scaled as the client base grows. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces may be purchased with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.
  • Superior ergonomics — A traditional, familiar console layout allows easy transition from previous systems. The multipoint touchscreen quickly and easily accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more, while top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs add operational efficiency. Additional 12.1” displays on S6 M40 systems further enhance instant project overview by providing deep visual feedback on key items such as channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms. Ultimate recall enables quick location for last-minute mix changes.
  • Intelligent studio control — Compatible with Pro Tools and other popular EUCON-enabled DAWs, S6 enables detailed work on up to eight audio workstations simultaneously, as well as the ability to switch sessions in seconds from a single control surface across the facility. High-speed Ethernet connectivity makes it easy to reconfigure operations as business requirements dictate.

The S6 control surface will be available worldwide in Q4 2013. As a modular system, S6 is available at a variety of prices, with M10 configurations starting at $21,995 USD and M40 configurations starting at $43,480 USD.

More information: Avid / S6 Control Surface

Dirac Research updates Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

Dirac Research has announced a new version of Dirac Live Room Correction Suite, its acclaimed room correction software product.

The new Stereo Version is based on the same state-of-art technology as the original Full Version, with the main difference that it supports only two-channel playback. It features full mixed-phase impulse- and frequency response optimization, born from more than a decade of research and development.

“Many users of the multichannel version have discovered the benefits of using the Dirac Live technology with two-channel systems,” said Christoffer Ahlén, Director, Consumer Division and Marketing at Dirac.

“As the Full Version of Dirac Live is evolving into a more advanced multichannel product, a need for a more straightforward two-channel version has been identified. We can now offer such a product, at a lower price Point,“ Ahlén concluded.

With the Dirac Live Room Correction suite and a microphone (available from Dirac’s online store or authorized resellers), the user performs a simple multipoint measurement of the listening room. Dirac Live then automatically corrects the deficiencies in the sound from the audio system and room, providing the purest possible music reproduction.

The suite has been tailored for consumers who use their computer as an audio source, and leverages the computer’s built-in processing power. It has been designed with simplicity in mind without compromise in terms of sound quality and/or flexibility for the advanced user. A point of emphasis is that the software optimizes all sound from the computer regardless of the media player used.

Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is available to purchase for MSRP 389 EUR (Stereo Version) / 650 EUR (Full Version).

More information: Dirac / Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

New Audio Technology releases Spatial Sound Card

Spatial Sound Card

New Audio Technology has announced the release of Spatial Sound Card (SSC), a set of virtual speakers for stereo and surround monitoring for the computer with standard headphones.

The Spatial Sound Card is a virtual sound card that is inserted between software, operating system and audio hardware and enables monitoring of stereo and surround up to 7.1 with a standard headphone on the computer. The room visualizations originate from a constantly growing number of high end studios and dub stages like the ARRI Stage One, MSM Munich and others. The technology used in the SSC was used on major Blu-Ray releases (e.g. The Expendables I and II).

To optimize the virtualization the SSC provides parameters to customize the frequency curve of the used headphones. Presets for well-known headphone models are included.

The Spatial Sound Card works with all applications that support multichannel audio output. These include media players like VLC and FLAC-Player as well as video and audio workstations. The SSC is recommended for media professionals from the audio, video or games area as well as for agencies and companies with workstations that need high quality audio monitoring.

The Spatial Sound Card is available to purchase for the introductory price of 98 EUR until August 15th, 2013 (regular 169 EUR). For now the Spatial Sound Card runs on MacOS 10.6.x and above, a version for Windows will come within Q3, 2013.

More information: New Audio Technology / Spatial Sound Card

Producer Sessions Live 2013 – Leading artists share studio secrets and essential advice with emerging talent

Producer Sessions Live 2013

Future Publishing Limited has announced the Producer Sessions Live 2013, the UK’s premier event for hi-tech music, bringing together intimate tutorial sessions from the biggest names in music production alongside the chance to get hands-on with the latest hi-tech recording gear within a studio environment.

Producer Sessions Live 2013 debuts in Manchester at the School of Sound Recording (SSR), and for the third time returns to SAE London in the heart of the City’s creative hub, Shoreditch.

Hosted by Future Music and Computer Music – the leading technique, technology and software brands for the electronic music industry, 24 sessions will take place featuring world renowned pro producers showcasing how they create their hits, with attendees receiving exclusive access and essential advice.

In London the entire SAE building will be taken over to present five floors and twenty demo rooms filled with tutorials and the latest gear to try from monitors, microphones and MIDI controllers to synths, sequencers and software. Plus, experts from the top manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Confirmed for sessions so far: Bot, Gary Bromham, Luke Solomon & Shadow Child, Kirk Degiorgo, James Hockley, Mark JB, Dom Kane, Jagz Kooner, Steve Mac, Rob Papen, Nu:Tone, Stefano Ritteri, Sharooz and StoneBridge.

Rob Last, Publisher says “These events deliver unrivalled insight into how professional music producers create their hits, that’s why we attract people with real passion for making music. Add in the fact the music industry comes together to showcase their products and you a have fantastic event for music producers. We are also pleased to be back this year with events in both the North and South, and look forward to networking with aspiring talent.”

The Producer Sessions Live 2013 will take place on:

  • 7 & 8 September 2013, London
  • 28 September 2013, Manchester

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £69 GBP for 2 days (all access) / £39 GBP for 1 day (all access), or £15 GBP for 1 day entry only + individual session at £7.50 GBP each.

More information: Producer Sessions Live 2013

Blue Cat Audio licenses audio plug-in technology to Sample Magic for Magic AB plug-in

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Sample Magic Magic AB

Blue Cat Audio has announced that Sample Magic is licensing Blue Cat Audio’s “Kitty” audio plug-ins development kit for their new “Magic AB” audio plug-in.

Sample Magic’s Magic AB referencing plug-in is a simple, powerful reference tool that allows the producer to switch between the audio they are working on in their DAW and up to nine reference tracks in an instant. It was built with Blue Cat Audio’s plug-ins development toolkit, making it available on both Mac and PC, in VST, Audio Unit, AAX and RTAS formats.

“Magic AB is the first in the series of revolutionary mix tools, and we are delighted to be working with Blue Cat Audio on this project.” said Marc Adamo of Sample Magic. “They have proven that they can produce high end, stable plugins across all the major platforms, and are always up to date with the changes in technology and formats. this is very important from a technology partner when you have long term goals.”

“As soon as Sample Magic contacted us to develop this new plug-in, we got very enthusiastic about it” says Guillaume Jeulin, founder and CEO of Blue Cat Audio. “The concept looked so simple and powerful that it was surprising that nobody ever came up with such a great idea before. It is such an essential tool that we even use it on a daily basis for listening tests of our own software! Using our “Kitty” platform for the development made a great difference: once fully designed, this unique tool was made available on most Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) in record time.”

More information: Blue Cat Audio / Magic AB

iZotope licenses audio technology for inclusion in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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iZotope

iZotope has licensed multiple audio processing technologies for inclusion in the new Adobe Premiere Pro CC, the video production component of Adobe Creative Cloud.

The industry-leading, cross-platform video editor now features a suite of audio effects including convolution reverb, vocal enhancer, mastering tools, single and multiband compressors, and other audio technologies.

“We’re happy to continue our long-standing relationship with Adobe by making this collection of iZotope tools, currently available within Adobe Audition®, available to Adobe Premiere Pro CC users as well, ” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager for iZotope. “We’re excited to help even more members of the creative media community enhance their audio.”

“We’re pleased to announce the inclusion of iZotope technology in the new version of Adobe Premier Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro CC offers incredible performance and features for video professionals,” says Simon Williams, Director of Strategic Relations at Adobe. “iZotope’s audio processing is a perfect fit for the growing video market and will enable Adobe Premiere Pro users to use a range of audio tools directly within their post production workflow.”

More information: iZotope