TC Electronic has announced the additional of 3G capability to its TouchMonitor TM7 loudness meter.
TouchMonitor TM7 is a very popular loudness meter for mobile trucks and small installations where space is always an issue. Broadcasters have wished for the same 3G SDI capability of the larger TouchMonitor TM9, and now a TM7 model with that exact I/O configuration is available.
TM7 accepts all SD, HD and 3G formats available on the market. Apart from the 3G SDI interface (including SDI loop through), it also features 4 digital AES3 inputs (8 channels) and 4 digital AES3 outputs (8 channels) via a D-sub connector. The internal routing matrix offers great flexibility and even includes routing SDI to AES, optionally using the meter as an SDI to AES converter while measuring the signal simultaneously.
Like the other versions of TouchMonitor, TM7 with 3G SDI features intuitive touch screen control, USB connections, GPIO, Ethernet, VGA output and highly flexible, user-definable screen layouts. It is also compliant with all major broadcast standards and a plethora of software options are available, including TC Electronic’s highly acclaimed Loudness Radar Meter that provides a complete overview of any loudness landscape at a glance, including Loudness History, Momentary Loudness and numeric values for e.g. Program Loudness and Loudness Range.
More information: TC Electronic / TouchMonitor TM7
Posted in news
on Jan 25, 2013
Korg has announced the KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler module and Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder at NAMM 2013.
The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface.
It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.
- Use the touchpad to control effects in real time.
- A total of 150 effects ideal for DJ mixing and sound design; 42 new types including:
- Vinyl Break simulates a turntable.
- Ducking Compressor emphasizes the backbeats.
- Newly-designed looper lets you freely manipulate loops.
- Effects you can use for breaks in your DJ play.
- High-spec sampling functionality.
- Numerous functions to make your performance even more expressive
- FX Release function controls the reverberation to produce a more natural decay.
- Mute function cuts the input signal and outputs only the effect sound.
- Pad Motion function records and reproduces your effect usage.
- Practical functions that are easy to use during live performance or production
- Eight program memories let you switch effects instantly.
- Hold function sustains the effect sound.
- Set the tempo with auto BPM, tap tempo, or the BPM knob.
- Pad LEDs ensure high visibility even in the dark.
- Highly expandable for even greater potential
- USB MIDI allows for use as a powerful MIDI controller.
- Store sample data on an SD/SDHC card.
- Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg KP3+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $349.99 USD.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is a dynamic phrase synthesizer/loop recorder that lets you perform and create multi-layered music in any style – with just the touch of a finger.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.
Kaossilator Pro+ features
- Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time.
- A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs.
- Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available.
- Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
- Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes.
- Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad.
- Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider.
- Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
- USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller.
- Store recorded loop data and even externally –made .WAV files on an SD/SDHC card.
- Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg Kaossilator Pro+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $399.99 USD.
More information: Korg
, Keith McMillen Instruments
Posted in news
on Nov 02, 2012
Keith McMillen Instruments has launched a Kickstarter project for QuNexus, a new smart sensor keyboard controller.
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.
QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.
Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.
- 25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity.
- Polyphonic Aftertouch.
- 7 Octave range.
- Pitch Bend Pad.
- 2 CV/Gate Inputs.
- Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
- Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness.
- Portable: 14 oz, 3.5″ x 10″ x .5 “.
- Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed.
- MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux.
The QuNexus project will be funded if at least $20,000 USD is pledged by Tuesday December 18th, 2:59am EST. Starting at a $150 USD pledge for a first edition QuNexus, backers can expect the controller to be delivered in April, 2013.
More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus
Korg has introduced the Kaossilator 2, a palm-size phrase synthesizer.
Boasting a supercharged sound generator, Kaossilator 2 delivers excellent synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording.
Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocal, or other audio source – just as with a looper effect. The Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Add to that a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and battery power. All of these features reflect the enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting Kaossilator 2.
Kaossilator 2 features
- Simply tap or slide your finger across the X-Y touchpad.
- 150 built-in sounds cover every style of dance music.
- PCM sound engine serves up realistic drums.
- Scale Key and Note Range eliminates “wrong” notes.
- Built-in Gate Arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings.
- Loop Recording allows the creation of layered phrases with unlimited overdubs.
- Dual Loop Recording banks allow DJ-Style mutes and cross-fades.
- Record using the built-in mic; or use the mic input for recording of external input.
- microSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recorded performances.
The Kaossilator 2 will be available May 2012, priced $220 USD.
More information: Korg / Kaossilator 2
Korg has announced the Monotribe 2, a major update for the Monotribe analog synthesizer.
Announcing a major update to the monotribe analog ribbon station — the full-fledged analog synth and rhythm unit with a step sequencer inherited from the Electribe! The monotribe Version 2 adds a plethora of new features, allowing you to create sequences that are even more elaborate, or to layer complex musical developments for extended performances.
Surely one of the most exciting additions is a new synchronized performance mode that allows for new type of performance using multiple monotribe units. Whether you’ve never touched a monotribe or whether you’re an expert who is thoroughly familiar with all of the current features, this new update guarantees that your analog groove-making will be more intense than ever before!
More information: Korg / Monotribe
Dirty Electronics has introduced the Mute Synth, a hand-held touch and tilt instrument with copper etched artwork and contoured printed circuit board that wasb designed in collaboration with Mute and graphic designer Adrian Shaughnessy.
The instrument brings together many Dirty Electronics aesthetics and instrument designs into one device in particular creating an instrument ‘of the hand’ (in terms of both playing and building), a noise-based device that utilises feedback, and exploring the relationship between artwork and circuit board.
It combines sound synthesis with a sequencer/pulser, and it is ‘knobless’. The Mute Synth is controlled by using the conductivity of the human body to complete the instrument’s circuit when the copper etching is touched. There are touch ‘points’ on both sides of the circuit board, and the instrument is designed to be played with thumbs and fingers. Two tilt switches on different planes allow for gestural control of the sequencer. Pulsating brilliant white noise and grunge in the hand!
Mute Synth features
- Copper etched PCB artwork.
- Touch and tilt control.
- Two oscillators.
- Feedback network.
- Contoured shape.
- Battery powered – coin cell included (CR2032).
- Requires amplification.
- Jack output.
The Mute Synth is available to pre-order for £60 GBP. Shipping is scheduled for November 13, 2011.
More information: Mute Synth