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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

feelyoursound updates XotoPad MIDI controller software to v1.1.0

feelyoursound has released version 1.1.0 of XotoPad, a MIDI touch controller for Windows.

The MIDI controller software for Windows touchscreens gives easy access to a field of pads. Each pad can either work as a MIDI note trigger or as a MIDI controller device.


XotoPad features 4 individual banks with many pads, making it easy to control multiple synths, channels, and settings at the same time. Author Hauke Menges shows some of the possibilities of his software in this new video.

Changes in XotoPad v1.1.0

  • All pads can get labeled easily. Labels and pad colors help to stay organized in larger projects.
  • New pad-mode: Pads can not only send notes and x/y controller values anymore, but also work as push buttons for MIDI CC data. This way it’s very easy to trigger certain effect settings like delay or cutoff. It also helps with controlling DAWs, DJ- and VJ-software like Ableton Live or Traktor.

XotoPad costs 29 EUR.

More information: feelyoursound

Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 mixer & audio interface

Native Instruments has announced the release of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface for both TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone and iPad, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ app, the sleek Z1 adds headphone cue and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iOS setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly mobile mixing interface for situations where compact size and professional performance features are essential.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the ultra-compact 2-channel mixer, controller, and soundcard for TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

Building on the overwhelming success of the TRAKTOR DJ app, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now offers TRAKTOR DJ users additional physical control that complements the touchscreen. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also provides a full-fledged 2-channel mixing interface, software controller, and an integrated 24-bit soundcard. All faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ are automatically mapped and synced to TRAKTOR DJ, giving DJs hands-on, physical control over their iPad or iPhone setups. The Z1’s cue section introduces channel headphone monitoring to iOS setups, allowing for track pre-listening. The 24-bit integrated soundcard delivers quality club-level sound without the need for an additional audio interface. When in use, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the iOS device charged, assuring DJs hours of stability and performance.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR means DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. Combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 comes with software and license for TRAKTOR LE 2 and connects to iPad and iPhone with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 or later requires a Lightning adapter sold separately.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is available to purchase for $199 USD/199 EUR. All Z1 customers receive a personal $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher. This is delivered by email upon registration of the Z1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Beatsurfing Organic MIDI Controller Builder app for iPad by VLEK

Herrmutt Lobby and Yaniv De Ridder have released Beatsurfing, a new app for iPad that allows you to draw a 3-dimensional controller and use it in two different and complementary ways.

VLEK Beatsurfing
Beatsurfing lets you create your own controller layout & use your fingers to “surf” controls.

You can tap it like you would with your regular MPC or any other beatmaking device, but the best and most innovative use you can make of it is definitely by surfing your fingers along routes, colliding with objects, triggering samples or effects. It’s all about movement, and bringing back this intuitive way to make music.

It can control any MIDI-enabled device (Software, Hardware, or even selected iPad apps through Virtual MIDI), features a very intuitive in-app editing system and integrates seemlessly in any existing Studio or Live setup.

Objects Behaviours can be set to link objects together and multiply the available commands on the surface of the iPad.


Official Teaser for Beatsurfing – The Organic MIDI Controller Builder.

Beatsurfing features

  • Draw your own controller – Work with the Controller you need, not the one you were given. Simply draw it on the screen with lines, polygons, circles and faders. Size, color, orientation and 3-Dimensional location are all yours to choose.
  • Surf! – Use the full potential of the iPad touchscreen: You can tap on the screen, but you better add the Surfing to your production and performance skills to integrate more of that human feel in your music.
  • Link any MIDI device – Dj, VJ, Production softwares, Hardware devices, and even selected iPad apps: you can route BEATSURFING to anything that allows for MIDI.
  • Objects Behaviours – Each object of your controller can be set to control the others. It creates a system of objects that allow you to add much more to a controller than what meets the eye.
  • Intuitive In-App editing – Forget about separated editing software, lenghty changes and whatnot. You can swap between the EDIT and PLAY modes at the tap of a finger. All your objects even remain playable when they’re be re-arranged!

The app is available to purchase for $11.99 USD / 9.99 EUR.

More information: Beatsurfing

PreSonus AudioBox gets AB1818VSL Remote for iPad support in v1.2 update

PreSonus has announced it is shipping AudioBox 1.2, a free update that significantly enhances the performance and versatility of their AudioBox 1818VSL interface and also provides a number of new features for its AudioBox™ USB, AudioBox 22VSL and AudioBox 44VSL audio/MIDI interfaces.

PreSonus AB1818VSL Remote for iPad
The AudioBox recording systems get support for the AB1818VSL Remote app for iPad.

One of the biggest enhancements for the AudioBox 1818VSL is that support has been added for AB1818VSL Remote for iPad®. With this free app, you can control virtually every parameter in Virtual StudioLive for AudioBox 1818VSL from an iPad, including volume, pan, aux sends, FX buses, and Fat Channel parameters.

As a result, users can use an AudioBox 1818VSL and USB-connected laptop as a full-featured mixer/recorder for small gigs, rehearsal spaces, and mobile churches, with the iPad serving as a touchscreen mixing surface. In the studio, manage the monitor mixes from your iPad while dedicating your computer screen to a DAW.

A firmware update rescales the preamp tapers on the AudioBox 1818VSL to add more headroom; Virtual StudioLive for 1818VSL now sends all channels to outputs 7/8 (headphones) by default.

With the AudioBox 1.2 update, all AudioBox-series interfaces become compatible with USB 3.0-a rarity among audio interfaces.

This update also provides enhancements for specific AudioBox-series models:

  • The AudioBox USB gains a new, optimized Windows driver for improved performance and a new Windows control panel to adjust buffer size and sample rate.
  • The meters in Virtual StudioLive for all AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been recalibrated to match the RMS meters in PreSonus’ Studio One DAW.
  • All AudioBox VSL-series interfaces have been integrated into Studio One™ Cue Mix, providing volume and pan control over monitor mixes with the same near-zero latency that Virtual StudioLive software provides.

This free update is recommended for all AudioBox-series users. AB1818VSL Remote is a free download from the Apple App Store.

More information: PreSonus / AudioBox

Line 6 intros StageScape, StageSource and XD-V live sound products

Line 6 StageScape, StageSource and XD-V

Line 6 announced its StageScape, StageSource and XD-V live sound products at Winter NAMM 2012.

Many aspects of live sound have remained largely the same for decades… until now.

At Winter NAMM 2012, Line 6 is unveiling a powerful new ecosystem of innovative live sound solutions—from the world’s first smart mixing system and most versatile speakers, to the fourth generation of the acclaimed Line 6 digital wireless platform. Designed to work together as an integrated system—or complement third-party solutions—the new StageScape™ M20d digital mixer, StageSource™ series loudspeakers and XD-V digital wireless microphone family represent the future of live sound.

  • StageScape M20d is the world’s first smart mixing system for live sound. Utilizing a groundbreaking touchscreen visual mixing environment, StageScape M20d streamlines the way you mix to get your sound dialed in quickly and keep you in the creative zone. The M20d features 20 inputs, massive DSP power on every channel, multi-channel recording with or without a computer, and remote control of the system via one or more iPad® devices.
  • The StageSource loudspeaker series combines multi-function design, powerful DSP and precision components to deliver the perfect blend of high-powered performance and true scalability. Comprised of the StageSource L3t three-way speaker system and StageSource L3s subwoofer, the StageSource series features Smart Speaker technology and L6 LINK™ digital networking to deliver best-of-class performance across the widest variety of live sound applications.
  • From instrument wireless to handheld, lavalier and headset mics, all Line 6 XD-V digital wireless systems are built on the same fourth-generation digital wireless platform—the most advanced in the pro audio industry. They utilize precision modeling to provide the sonic nuances of the most popular wired mics, EQ filters to compensate for mic placement, and even cable length impedance. All systems feature one-step setup, compander-free 24 bit audio clarity, and ultra-reliable, license-free operation around the world.

More information: Line 6

CyberStep KDJ-ONE Mobile Audio Workstation available to pre-order

CyberStep has announced its new Mobile Audio Workstation, KDJ-ONE, which is now available for pre-order in Japan, North America, Germany, and France.

CyberStep KDJ-ONE

KDJ-ONE is a first of its kind DAW touchscreen smartbook featuring an advanced synthesizer, sequencer, and multitrack audio editing with ACIDized WAV support. Built-in speakers, mic, WLAN, and lithium battery make KDJ-ONE a completely portable and wireless handheld production environment. Additionally, a high precision vibration system adds unique force feedback to your music creating experience.

KDJ-ONE features a combination of multi-touch screen, keypad, and jog dial for a fluid and intuitive control system unlike that of any existing hardware or software. It runs Intel MeeGo Handset Edition as its OS, and supports all of MeeGo’s features including a web browser, Skype, media player, and more. The unit’s built-in KDJ2 Synth features 10 synthesis algorithms, 20 effects, 7 filters, and 4 modulation units including step modulation, which delivers an indispensable tool when creating electronic/club style tracks.

ACID formatted samples may also be loaded directly into KDJ-ONE’s audio tracks and time-stretched just as in ACID DJ, creating a whole new world of possibilities. Likewise, patterns created with KDJ-ONE may be exported directly to ACIDized WAV format. The 6 track pattern sequencer includes automation/motion sequencing, loop recording, step recording, piano roll, and all other standard sequencer features.

KDJ-ONE also features a unique song mode that allows DJ style mixing of two patterns in real time. KDJ-ONE’s internal synthesizer may be used as a VST plugin within any external VST host, via wireless LAN or USB. Internal settings and data are also editable from the computer. The high precision “QW” vibration system sends vibrations from your music directly to your fingertips, adding a whole new element of force feedback to your music production experience!

CyberStep will be exhibiting KDJ-ONE at the NAMM Show 2012 (January 19th – 22nd, 2012 Anaheim Convention Center, booth E #1059).

More information: CyberStep

Roland announces R-26 Portable Recorder

Roland has introduced the R-26, a handheld device that provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media.

Roland R-26 Portable Recorder

With two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, and much more, the compact R-26 is perfect for demanding applications such as solo and ensemble music recording, environmental sound capture, broadcasting, and audio/video production.

Designed from the ground up for superior sound quality and ease of use, the R-26 is filled with features that will satisfy both pros and hobbyists alike. For the ultimate mobile flexibility, the R-26 can be powered either with the included AC adaptor, four internal AA batteries, or an external battery.

Two stereo mic types—omnidirectional and XY—are integrated into the R-26’s stylish chassis, providing mic options to suit any style of audio recording. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. The preamps for all mic channels are derived from the hi-res preamps found in Roland’s R-44 commercial field recorder.

R-26 features

  • Two types of built-in stereo microphones (omnidirectional and directional) that can be used in various combinations.
  • Two XLR/TRS combo inputs with 48 V phantom power, plus an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic.
  • Supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording.
  • Large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation.
  • Large input-level knobs for fine adjustment.
  • Built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage.
  • Loop-Back function; combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup (only with Audio Interface function).
  • Bundled with SONAR LE software (PC).

R-26 will be available in October with an MSRP of $599 USD.

More information: Roland / R-26 Portable Recorder