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iZotope’s MBIT+ Dither to be included in Steinberg WaveLab 8

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iZotope has announced it has licensed its MBIT+ Dither for integration into Steinberg Media Technologies’ WaveLab 8, a versatile audio editing and mastering suite.

“iZotope stands for high-quality solutions in audio processing. Naturally, for WaveLab 8 we were looking for the best dither plug-in available, and iZotope’s MBIT+ marks the cutting edge of what’s possible with dithering technology today,” says Steinberg Media Technologies Product Marketing Manager, Timo Wildenhain.

“We are thrilled to offer our MBIT+ Dither algorithm for an award-winning mastering application from Steinberg,” adds Scott Simon, Business Development Manager for iZotope. “It’s been our mission to help deliver the highest audio quality possible to our users and by partnering with Steinberg, our advanced Dither technology will now be available to the WaveLab community as well.”

WaveLab 8 will be available in May 2013. To learn more about Steinberg WaveLab 8, visit Hall 5.1 Booth 5.1 B 78 at Musikmesse or visit the Steinberg website.

More information: iZotope / WaveLab 8

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Paul Vo launches Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer Kickstarter project

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Paul Vo has launched a Kickstarter project for the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, a new product that is allows dazzling new sounds on the acoustic guitar through precise harmonic control of string vibration.

The Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer is based on a key invention that enables accurate control of acoustic vibrations. I’m the inventor. My technology was behind the well-known Moog Guitar and the Moog lap steel — instruments based on the same key principle. Since then I’ve been advancing this invention towards its full potential. Now I’m going ahead with the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer. It’s my full ‘inventor’s version’ product and will be produced by my design company Vo Inventions LLC.

The Vo-96 was never intended to be a retail type of product. It is a concept product that takes the technology to the max and demonstrates what’s really possible with acoustic synthesis. It’s the “inventor’s cut” and it leaves nothing out — which makes it impractical to sell through the standard retail channels with their customary price mark-ups. Making the Vo-96 available through Kickstarter allows us to maximize the value to you and provide the most powerful product for the price; and there is simply nothing else available at any price that does what the Vo-96 does.

Our goal is to launch Acoustic Synthesis technology with a bang. We want to put the most powerful instrument possible into the hands of as many forward-thinking guitarists as possible and listen to the new music you all create. This is where Kickstarter really shines! I’m thrilled to have found a way to offer the Vo-96 directly to you at the fairest price possible – about half what it would cost as a retail product!

The project is looking for $50,000 to be pledged by Sunday May 12, 11:59pm EDT. Various pledge rewards are offered, including signed Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizers, numbered and signed by Paul Vo.

More information: Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

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AIR Ignite gets iZotope Radius time-stretching & pitch-shifting

AIR Ignite

iZotope has announced it has licensed Radius to AIR Music Technology for inclusion in the Ignite.

Ignite, a desktop recording and creative software solution, is for musicians looking to capture ideas quickly and easily with M-Audio, Akai Pro and Alesis MIDI keyboard controllers. Radius, a time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithm, will provide Ignite users with even more control over their creative workflow.

“When we were looking for a time-stretching algorithm for Ignite, iZotope was the first company we thought of because of the pedigree of their technology. Even at extreme tempo changes, the quality of Radius is very high,” says Principal Product Manager Samara Winterfeld of AIR Music Technology. “iZotope worked closely with our development team on ways to optimize the integration, which is also something that is very important to us.”

Ignite features Smart MIDI technology to help jump-start ideas and enhance music-making skills. In addition to hundreds of onboard instruments and extensive MIDI control, Ignite supports two tracks of simultaneous audio recording.

“iZotope is very excited to have our high-quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology as part of Ignite. It’s a pleasure to support a product that helps musicians quickly create and publish musical ideas so quickly,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope.

AIR Music Technology will be exhibiting at Hall 5.1, Booth B45 during the 2013 Musikmesse, April 10-13, in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: AIR Music Technology

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Bob Moog inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

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Bob Moog National Inventors Hall of Fame

Moog has announced that Bob Moog is one of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.

This is an honor that is bestowed to “individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced so many of the great technological achievements that have changed our world.”

Bob is being recognized for Patent No. 3475623 more commonly known to Moog fans as the Moog Ladder Filter. Using the new properties provided by transistors, the Ladder Filter was the first voltage controlled filter. By using voltage control such as keyboards and envelopes to steer the harmonic content of music over time, the Ladder Filter allowed new ways of manipulating sound that became part of the basic grammar for a new vocabulary of musical expression.

This humble invention laid the foundation for the electric pulse that beats through all forms of modern music. Bob brought to life basic concepts of dynamic filters used in the mix in every genre of recorded music today. The Ladder Filter allows the organic movement of sound in such a way that people can not only hear its warmth, but also feel its sweep come to life.

Patent No. 3475623 is best known for its use in the Minimoog Synthesizer and its effect can be heard on genre defining albums by artist like Michael Jackson, Kraftwerk, Parliament Funkadelic, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Dr. Dre, Diana Ross, and Brian Eno.

Everyone at Moog Music is grateful to be a small part of continuing Bob’s work and the enduring legacy of Patent No. 3475623. We would like thank the USPTO for recognizing Bob’s great innovation. This year’s induction ceremony will take place May 1st in Alexandria, VA at the USPTO headquarters.

More information: Moog

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Muse Research ships Recepter Trio & Qu4ttro hardware plugin players

Muse Research & Development has announced the availability of RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.

The first generation RECEPTOR caught on quickly among touring professionals, and since then, thousands of RECEPTORS have played the stages of the finest venues all over the world, covering all styles of music, operating in all kinds of conditions from the frozen tundras of Canada to the sweltering deserts of Dubai. The world’s biggest bands and most famous performers are using RECEPTOR.

The RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO take RECEPTOR technology to the next level. These are our most powerful Receptors ever; the easiest-to-use Receptors ever, and they also has the most flexible I/O capability of any Receptor ever.

Muse Research Receptor Qu4ttro
The Receptor QU4TTRO offers more power & flexibility.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO have Muse R&D’s proprietary Tetra-Core™ technology — With Tetra-Core processing, your plugins are dynamically balanced between the CPU cores with priority given to making music, not graphics or other less-important tasks.
  • All RECEPTORs utilizes Muse R&D’s rack-oriented UI with LIVE MODE — First introduced with RECEPTOR VIP, the new Rack-mode UI and LIVE MODE are far simpler than the older Receptor UI, and are winning acclaim from players and reviewers alike.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO feature the most flexible I/O of any Receptor — With 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, ADAT digital output, and SPIDF output, I/O flexibility steps up to the next level for the RECEPTOR line.

The Muse Research RECEPTOR product line is available through select music retailers in the US and Canada, as well as through music equipment distributors worldwide.

The Muse Research dealer network from within the United States offers the products at the minimum advertised prices of $1,699 USD (RECEPTOR VIP), $2,499 USD (RECEPTOR TRIO), and $2,999 USD (RECEPTOR QU4TTRO). International distributors set their own pricing for their respective territories. If there is no stocking retailer in your area, a RECEPTOR can be configured to your specifications and purchased via the Plugorama.com website (www.plugorama.com), which also offers virtual instruments and effects packages for use with RECEPTOR starting at $29.99 USD.

More information: Muse Research

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Hal Leonard publishes Less Noise, More Soul

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published Less Noise, More Soul, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the search for balance in the art, technology, and commerce of music.

Less Noise, More Soul

Less Noise, More Soul features the unique perspectives of highly accomplished performers, engineers, and producers on the question how modern technology has influenced and shaped the way we create and consume music today.

The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings.

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original challenging and though-provoking essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it’s going.

The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many “brand-name” players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.

If used in an academic setting, this book will provide relevant content for courses like Sound Recording Theory and Practice, Analysis of Recordings, Writing and Production in the Pop/Rock Idiom, Advanced Production for Writers, Sound Processing Application for Writers, Principles of Production for Musicians, Creative Production Skills, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $18.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Less Noise, More Soul

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Holophone and Q5X announce technology partnership

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Holophone / Q5X

Holophone, originators of multi-channel surround sound microphones, and Quantum5X, creators of leading edge professional broadcast quality wireless audio solutions, have joined together to develop a new standard in handheld wireless microphone systems.

The upcoming NAMM 2013 in Anaheim will mark the debut of the first of three upcoming single channel wireless systems, featuring Holophone’s new customizable handheld Super C supercardioid condenser mic.

Holophone’s new single channel microphones feature the same proprietary capsule design employed in the company’s acclaimed surround sound mics, including the award-winning H2-PRO®, the world-class standard for concert sound, broadcast, film, and music recording.

Q5X is the preeminent manufacturer of professional broadcast quality wireless systems designed for the most demanding sports and live event productions. The new wireless systems will integrate Holophone’s cutting edge line of high-quality, customizable handheld microphones with Q5X’s acclaimed high broadcast quality radio frequency technologies, to create a state of the art, audiophile quality wireless system delivering unparalleled sound, performance, and show-stopping looks.

“We are pleased and delighted to announce this partnership,” remarked Q5X President Allen Kool. “Holophone is world renowned for their groundbreaking surround sound audio systems, and this alliance builds on the strengths of both companies’ technologies. Together we will be significantly raising the bar for sonic quality and performance for wireless microphone systems.”

“Q5X is the only wireless technology manufacturer that can meet Holophone’s exacting standards for sound quality, and we’re excited by the potential of this alliance,” added Holophone President and Founder Michael Godfrey. “This is a great opportunity for both our companies, but more importantly, it’s an exciting time for audio professionals. This is the new standard in custom wireless systems.”

Holophone and Q5X will showcase the first of several handheld single channel systems in Booth 5399 in Hall B at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California January 24-27, 2013. A series of remote control wireless microphone systems will be introduced at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

More information: Holophone / Q5X

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