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.
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.
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.
Roland has announced that the new JUPITER-80 synthesizer is now shipping.
The JUPITER-80 represents an unprecedented leap forward in the pursuit of the most authentically expressive electronic musical instrument, just as the legendary JUPITER-8 did when it was launched 30 years ago.
Delivering instrumental realism far beyond any electronic instrument ever created, the 76-key, touchscreen-driven JUPITER-80 integrates the highest caliber of analog modeling, digital synthesis, and SuperNATURAL® expressiveness available in a live performance synthesizer, while its sleek industrial design pays homage to the original JUPITER-8. The combination of Roland’s most advanced synthesis technologies and design features gives keyboardists an amazingly realistic sound and a truly authentic performance feel.
Keyboard 76 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
Sound Generator Section
Maximum Polyphony 256 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
Effects Multi-Effects (MFX): 4 units (parallel connection only), 76 types per each Upper/Lower (total: 8 units), Reverb: 1 unit, 5 types per each Upper/Lower (total: 2 units) Compressor + Equalizer + Delay: 1 set per each Solo/Percussion (total: 2 sets), Reverb: 1 unit, 5 types, Master Effects: 4-Band Equalizer: 1 unit.
Retronyms has released Tabletop, a modular audio studio app for iPad.
The heart of Tabletop is a modular environment where you can mix and match different devices. Select from more than a dozen devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and more. Buy only the gear you need from an expanding catalog.
Tabletop is the first musical environment designed from the ground up exclusively for the iPad. Each device has its own uses, characteristics, personality—ranging from classics like drum pad samplers to touchscreen effects.
Audanika has released version 2.0 of its SoundPrism iPhone/iPad touchscreen instrument and MIDI controller app.
The new version features a redeveloped sound engine and an in app store where additional instrument packs can be purchased to extend the range of SoundPrism’s sonic possibilities and which also includes a free soundpack for users to play with.
In addition to this the new sound engine has allowed Audanika to add FX such as delay and reverb to SoundPrism’s patches, adding a new layer of depth to new and existing sounds.
The SoundPrism interface has also been redeveloped for this release and now features a piano keyboard display which allows users to see the notes they are playing on SoundPrism’s beautifully designed touchscreen interface. Users can now also shake their device to access a fullscreen version of the instrument which removes the menu options and allows for a wider range of notes. Additional features which have been added to SoundPrism 2.0 include retina display support for iOS 4 devices and multitasking, which will allow the instrument to run in the background whilst users are accessing other apps on their device. A YouTube video which demonstrates these new features and soundpacks can be found at the Audanika YouTube-Channel.
Changes in SoundPrism 2.0
New Sound Engine.
Fullscreen Mode (just shake your iOS device to activate).
New Sounds can be downloaded from the SoundPrism Pro Store.
It’s faster, brighter, crisper, sounds better and we’re going to update it more often.
SoundPrism Pro 2.0 for iOS is available to purchase for $15.99 USD/£9.49 GBP/€12.99 EUR. The update is free for existing users. A standard version is free to download.
Audanika has released version 1.4 of SoundPrism Pro, a touchscreen instrument and MIDI controller for iOS.
This new version of the app allows you to use your iOS device to control MIDI control channels (which can be assigned to synth parameters & FX) through movement. By assigning a MIDI control channel to the X & Y axis and using the devices accelerometer you can manipulate sound through movement like never before – and whilst still using SoundPrism’s Pro’s innovative touch interface to play multiple MIDI channels, as demonstrated in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ToavJcbNCQ
The latest update also enables velocity, which opens up a new level of expression and realism to playing synths and VST instruments with SoundPrism Pro. Velocity sensitivity can also be set within the apps options, allowing the user to a good level of control over this feature.
SoundPrism Pro has already proven to be popular with the ever growing number of mobile music producers and performers and has already been used in work by Roger O’Donnell and Sleeping at Last, who have used the app to record their recent ‘Yearbook’ project. The app currently features in the top 100 music apps for iPad on the app store and is regularly recommended by Apple to their iOS users.
SoundPrism Pro is available to purchase for for $15.99 USD / 12.99 EUR / £9.49 GBP. A free version of the app, which allows users to try out the apps basic features is also available.
Roland has announced the Jupiter-80, a new synthesizer presented at MusikMesse 2011.
In 1981, Roland created the JUPITER-8, with the goal of creating the most expressive synthesizer possible. Equipped with the leading technology of its day, the legendary synth’s unique character and rich sound has remained iconic in the popular musical landscape ever since. Today, Roland is extremely proud to introduce the JUPITER-80 Synthesizer, a keyboard that represents an unprecedented leap in the pursuit of the most realistic and authentically expressive electronic musical instrument, just as its namesake did when it was launched 30 years ago.
With a sleek industrial design that pays homage to the original JUPITER-8, the 76-key touchscreen-driven JUPITER-80 integrates the highest caliber of analog modeling, digital synthesis, and SuperNATURAL® expressiveness available in a live performance synthesizer. This combination of Roland’s most advanced synthesis technologies gives keyboardists not only an amazingly realistic and organic sound, but a truly authentic performance.
The JUPITER-80 Synthesizer also features a complete suite of SuperNATURAL sounds—piano, brass, strings, guitar, and more—resulting in the most realistic array of acoustic instruments ever assembled in a keyboard. The SuperNATURAL sound engine constantly analyzes the player’s natural keyboard performance to continuously produce the authentic performance behavior of the selected sound – all without altering the player’s normal keyboard technique. These meticulously crafted SuperNATURAL instruments, now under control of behavior modeling, provide the most authentic acoustic playing experience for live performances and studio recordings.
Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more.
Single Tone is equivalent to the performance of powerful single synthesizer—stack four of these to create a mind-blowing “Live Set”.
Tone Blender tweaks multiple parameters of tones in realtime for complex, emotive sonic movement during performance.
Fast, friendly operation with intuitive front panel and color touchscreen optimized for live performance.
76-note semi-weighted synth keyboard, and 256 polyphonic voices (varies according to sound-generator load).
USB-memory Song Player/Recorder for backing tracks or quick idea capture.
Easy integration with computers via built-in USB-MIDI/Audio interface.
Touchscreens? Good, old-fashioned faders, knobs, and pads? Why not just use what suits the job – especially when you can choose both on the cheap?
Nay-Seven shares some of his latest work with Usine, the brilliant, modular and touch-centric tool for Windows. It’s a futuristic rig that’s also down-to-earth. Touchscreen monitors can be had for around US$300 street, and the Akai LPD8 and Korg nanoKONTROL controllers each figure under a hundred bucks. Usine, the software, is a bargain for its depth at EUR120, and free and educational versions are available.
Nay-Seven: Here a work where i use the sequencer of Usine not to sequence audio or midi but patches : patches appear only when i need them , easy way to have only the controls you need on the screen, i also associate here works with faders and pads via personal patches for lpd8 and nano kontrol and the use of a touchscreen . Made with Usine ( sensomusic.com ) thanks also to Michael Ourednik for his great vst Argotlunar
Here is my 365 days project. Every day I will compose/produce and upload here one drum break in CD quality format. It's simple – use it the way you want it. all files are copyrights free. This is not commercial project but if you like my work click donate button. have fun !
They had fame, reams of money, and fans willing to do wild, unmentionable things just to breathe the same air — but in 1971, LIFE illustrated a different side of rock stars: Just like most of us mere mortals, they came from humble backgrounds, with moms and dads who bragged and worried about them every day. Assigned to take portraits of the artists at home with their sweetly square folks, photographer John Olson traveled everywhere from the suburbs of London to Brooklyn to the San Francisco Bay Area, capturing in his work the love that bridged any cultural divide that may have existed between his subjects. Now, as a special treat for Mother's Day, LIFE.com brings back Olson's nostalgia-inducing photos — check out the awesome '70s decor! — and talks with the photographer himself about his memories of those shoots.
Includes pictures of Frank Zappa, The Jackson Five, Joe Cocker, and more.
It's the weekend! To celebrate, here are 12 snare drum samples that have been distorted in various ways. Some of the distortion on these is so extreme that the transients are pretty much totally sheered off, so if a particular snare doesn't have the oomph you want, try layering it behind an undistorted snare. 12 stereo samples, 24-bits, 1.3 MB.
Writing about and reviewing products is a subject that is brought up in forums and reader correspondence, and it generally follows the same story. Someone has read a magazine, got annoyed because 98% of the products got at least 8/10 ratings and/or a fancy award. Conclusion – the reviewers are in the pockets or the advertisers or simply bribed.
After working in the publishing business as a daily job for many years, I have to say that – sadly – I still haven't met a music technology journalist who drives a BMW or bloating around in a Hummer.
Writers in this genre are not bought, nor incompetent.
Carl brings up some excellent points in this article.
I generally don’t post any reviews of products I really don’t like. I just can’t be bothered to spend time on something really bad… Seems Tom at Waveformless is a different kind of reviewer… (not really of course, just pulling your leg, Tom)
On December 17th, 2010 I released the Sounds from a Distant Outpost FREE Live Pack.
Now, a little over a month later there have been over 1,000 downloads from http://www.outpostexperiment.com/!
The most exciting thing for me is that a two people have REALLY dug into the 12 instruments in the Live Pack and have taken the time to compose tracks using ONLY instruments from this pack.
I’ve attached their two songs plus a third I created below. It’s pretty fantastic that while we didn’t directly collaborate all the works are quite different yet sound they all sound like they are telling stories from the same universe.