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TSE Audio releases TSE X50 2.0 – Rock/Metal Suite

TSE Audio has announced the release of its TSE X50 v2.0 – Rock/Metal Suite for Windows and Mac.

TSE X50 2.0
The suite includes the newly modeled X50 hi-gain amplifier.

TSE X50 version 2.0 is a complete suite for a quick guitar tone setup for rock and metal.

It’s using one of the most advanced modeling algorithms presented in a commercial plugin to this date, offering a real-time simulation of the electrical network in the stompbox/amp with acceptable cpu usage for modern processors.

TSE X50 2.0 Rock/Metal Suite features

  • TSE808 – Our very popular screamer emulation now updated with improved even-harmonics etc.
  • TSE X50 v2.0 – Hi-gain amplifier, completely re-modeled with new interconnecting algorithms.
  • RACK – Tuner / Delay / Equalizer – Essential tools for getting that quick, good tone.
  • Power Tubes – Select between using 6L6GC or EL34 pentode models.
  • BIAS – Use the bias control to set the operating-point that suits you most. (Power Amp).
  • Oversampling – Oversampling from to 2X to 8X + Automatic oversampling from 2X to 4X / 4X to 8X.
  • Input Learn – Set your input-gain to a preferred setpoint automatically.
  • Lower cpu usage.
  • Zero-latency IR-loader with adjustable IR length.
  • IR Analyzer – Compare IR length vs frequency in a graphical way.
  • User IR Directory – Point X50 to your own IR collection.
  • Movement Control – Poweramp to speaker emulation including your favorite IR into it’s process.
  • Gate – A custom noise gate with adjustable Threshold / Attack / Release.
  • DaFuk Tuner – High precision tuner for low-tuned guitars.
  • King-Pong – Pong and asymmetric stereo delay.
  • Aqualaser – Equalizer with HP/LP, Lowshelf/Highshelf, peakfilter.
  • Zero-latency and topology preserving modeling throughout the entire signal chain.
  • Included IR’s from Frozen Sun Audio, Trackmix Studio, GuitarHack, and Ryan Harvey Audio.

TSE X50 2.0 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 29.99 EUR until March 1st, 2014 (regular 49.99 EUR).

More information: TSE Audio / TSE X50 v2.0

IK Multimedia releases UltraTuner app for iOS

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of UltraTuner, a precise digital tuner app for for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iOS

UltraTuner features one of the fastest, smoothest and most responsive tuning engines of all tuner apps, and is precise to well below a hundredth of a cent — far beyond human perception of pitch, making it 10 times more accurate than a mechanical strobe tuner.

UltraTuner’s precision and speed provides players and engineers with a pocket-sized professional instrument tuner always at hand and offers two basic modes of operation: Stage and Studio. When in Stage mode, UltraTuner is a straightforward, ultra-accurate instrument tuner featuring a unique, simple interface that’s very easy to see in low light conditions. In studio mode, UltraTuner provides pitch tracking – allowing players to monitor pitch over time. This is especially useful in the studio for monitoring pitch of non-chromatic instruments like vocals, violin and brass etc., on recordings over time, and very useful for vocal and instrument pitch training.

In the settings window, players can quickly calibrate the “A” note, set the temperament type, set the root key for tracking and adjust the audio sensitivity. UltraTuner can use the device’s built-in microphone for audio input, and works with all analog or digital audio interfaces for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig PRO and the iRig MIC series of products.

UltraTuner features

  • Innovative patented tuning engine that provides the highest level of responsiveness and accuracy with 0.01 cent resolution.
  • Dual Mode: Stage and Studio.
  • Large Tuning indication visible from a distance (stage mode).
  • Tuning History to see the tuning variations over time (studio mode).
  • Temperament selection includes: Equal, Pythagorean, Just Major, 1/4 Comma Mean Tone, Kimberger III, Werckmeister III, Young and Kellner.
  • Useful not only for tuning, but also for non-chromatic instrument training.

UltraTuner is available to purchase as a standalone app from the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch for $4.99 USD / 4.49 EUR, or as an in-app purchase within AmpliTube for iPhone (Free/LE/Full versions), and AmpliTube for iPad (Free/Full versions).

More information: IK Multimedia / UltraTuner

Korg intros Beat Boy

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Korg Beat Boy

Korg has announced the Beat Boy, a new unit featuring a drum machine, recorder, and tuner.

Beat Boy is packed with features that allow guitarists or bassists to improve their abilities easily and reliably while having fun playing their instrument.

The functionality of four products is packed into this single unit; in addition to a tuner, there’s a rhythm machine covering 100 diverse styles, an effect section for adding sonic variation to your guitar tone, and a recorder that allows 16-bit/44.1 kHz recording of your performances.

So compact, it fits easily into the pocket of your gig bag, it’s the ideal partner for any guitarist or bassist.

Beat Boy features

  • Perform backed by 100 full-fledged rhythm patterns.
  • Use the tap tempo feature to adjust the tempo intuitively, or use the tempo adjustment buttons to make fine adjustments.
  • Adjust the volume of the drum machine to fine tune the mix balance with your guitar sound.
  • Tuner function ensures that your pitch is accurate.
  • Overdrive/distortion effect for electric guitar.
  • Recorder allows 16-bit/44.1 kHz PCM recording and playback.
  • Approximately 20 minutes of recording, with a maximum of 100 tracks.
  • USB port allows your recorded phrases to be easily backed-up to your computer.
  • Internal mic supports acoustic instruments.
  • Built-in speaker lets you immediately listen back to recorded sounds.

Beat Boy is scheduled for release in Fall 2013, priced at $89.99 USD.

More information: Korg / Beat Boy

Universal Audio releases ENGL Amp plugins for UAD & Apollo

Universal Audio has announced the release of ENGL Amp Plug-Ins for the UAD powered plug-ins platform and Apollo audio interface.

For over 20 years, ENGL amplifiers have become synonymous with high-performance rock and metal guitar tones. UAD direct developer Brainworx has now put ENGL’s legendary clean tones and distortion textures at your fingertips with superbly crafted ENGL Amp Plug-Ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface.

Featuring the E765 RT and the E646 VS amplifiers as well as the Brainworx bx_tuner, the ENGL Amps Bundle allows owners of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to re-amp their tracks with these industry-leading amp models, while Apollo Audio Interface users can re-amp as well as track in real time with near-zero latency.

Both amp models contain an onboard FX Rack with a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay. Also included is a unique Recording Chains feature that allows the user to audition their tones through 64 different high-end mics, ENGL cabinets, and outboard gear, including hardware emulations from Millennia, SPL, and elysia.

ENGL E765 RT
ENGL E765 Retro Tube plug-in.

ENGL E765 RT Plug-In ($149 USD).

  • Perfect emulation of a two-channel, EL34-powered, 100-watt tube amp for UAD-2 or Apollo.
  • Craft old school clean tones, gritty chunk textures, and aggressive distortions easily and intuitively with extensive EQ functionality — before or after mixdown.
  • Audition 64 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Fine-tune your sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
ENGL E646 VS
ENGL E765 VS Limited Edition plug-in.

ENGL E646 VS Plug-In ($149 USD).

  • Exacting emulation of a four-channel, 100-watt, 6L6-powered, high-gain tube amp.
  • Perfectly sculpt clean tones, muscular chunk, and high-gain textures with remarkable string-to-string definition.
  • Audition 64 different high-end Recording Chains for unmatched flexibility when tracking or mixing.
  • Fine-tune your sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
Brainworx bx_tuner
Stay in tune quickly, easily, and accurately with the bx_tuner by Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_tuner ($19 USD).

  • Tune guitar or bass easily and accurately inside your UAD-2 or Apollo-equipped workstation.
  • Customize the tuning LED’s tracking with the Ballistics feature.
  • Quickly tune with reduced volume using the unique Output Dim feature.
  • Instantiate on multiple inputs to avoid plugging and unplugging of instruments.

ENGL Amplifier Plug-Ins Bundle ($249 USD).

  • ENGL E765 RT Plug-In: Perfect emulation of a two-channel, EL34-powered, 100-watt tube amp.
  • ENGL E646 VS Plug-In: Exacting emulation of a four-channel, 100-watt, 6L6-powered, high-gain tube amp.
  • Brainworx bx_tuner: Tune guitar or bass easily and accurately inside your UAD-2 or Apollo-equipped workstation.

The ENGL Amp plug-ins are available as part of the UAD Software v7.2.

More information: Universal Audio

Positive Grid updates JamUp to v2.4

Positive Grid JamUp

Positive Grid has updated its JamUp guitar and bass multi-fx processor app for iOS to version 2.4.

Turns your iPad or iPhone into a professional grade Guitar and Bass Multi-Effects System.

Offers 60 industry-acclaimed amp models and effects, iTunes Jam player, phrase sampler, tone sharing and more.

Changes in JamUp v2.4

  • New Metal Signature Pack – a collaboration with three metal masters – guitarists Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ola Englund (Six Feet Under, Feared) and Keith Merrow. Now you can rock Jeff, Ola and Keith’s six signature amp models and six signature guitar pedals right in JamUp—from ultra clean to trash metal; delay, chorus, four-band parametric EQ to distortion and overdrive! All are certified and carefully developed by both the artists and Positive Grid.
  • New Bass Pack II: JamUp adds extra juice to fuel your bass engine with all-new historic bass amp models and effects. Includes four new legendary bass amp models and two highly sought-after bass pedals based on *Acoustic® 360, *Orange® AD-200, *Gallien-Krueger® 700RB II, *Fender® Super Bassman, *EBS® OctaBass and HPF Pro.
  • New Pitch Shifter: JamUp adds a real-time pitch shifter/harmony effect (via in-app purchase), simply controlled by your expression pedal. Using StompBox or MIDI footswitch with expression pedal , you can turn your JamUp into a real whammy pedal.
  • ToneSharing: JamUp offers world’s the first and only cloud based ToneSharing platform. The new redesigned interface (iPad 2 and newer device required) allows you to browse thousand of presets by simply looking at their effects chains and amp settings. With the power of our fast-growing JamUp tone community, now you can explore, like, comment, share and download over 5,000 artists and users presets.
  • Live View: Assigning your custom amp setups and effects chains in JamUp is easy and immediate. And now, JamUp adds convenient and elegant “Live View” displays—a fully assignable control interface with an ultra-clear format that gigging guitarists will appreciate, turning JamUp into a truly live friendly multi-effect system.
  • Increased Preset Slots: Store up to 128 presets for all your favorite sounds at the touch of a button!

JamUp XT for iOS is a free download at the iTunes App Store. The expansion packs are available as $9.99 USD in-app purchases.

More information: Positive Grid

Tronical unveils Tronical Tune self-tuning system at MusikMesse

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Tronical Tune

Tronical has announced the highly acclaimed Tronical Tuning Technology to be available for all customers, brands and makes of guitars.

With Tronical Tune everyone has access to this amazing self-tuning system as a retro fit kit for his own instrument. Based on the new Min-E-Tune system known from the latest Gibson models Tronical presents Tronical Tune as a retro fit kit to bring perfect tuning to potentially all guitar players – finally.

Installed within ten minutes and with minimum effort Tronical Tune basically works straight out of the box. No drilling required. The push of one single button gets the guitar in perfect tune within seconds. Additionally the player has immediate access to 12 different alternate tunings plus 6 custom tunings – this opens an infinite array of new creative possibilities.

Tronical Tune features

  • Multi-string & single-string tuning.
  • Custom tuning, reference tuning.
  • 12 factory presets & 6 user presets.
  • String Up and Down, Calibration, and Accurarcy modes.
  • Robohead Delay.
  • Interference and battery levels.
  • Reset mode.

The Tronical Tune retro-fit-kit is available at the Tronical-Components online store and at dealers worldwide for 299 EUR/USD.

More information: Tronical

Positive Grid updates JamUp app for iOS to v2.3

JamUp 8-Track Recorder

Positive Grid has released version 2.3 of its JamUp guitar & bass multi-fx processor app for iOS.

JamUp turns your iPad/iPhone into a powerhouse Multi-Effects Processor, 8-Track Recorder, Loop Station, iTunes Jam Player, Tuner and Metronome for guitar and bass.

Changes in JamUp v2.3

  • New 8-Track Recorder (via in-app purchase, not support 3GS), it supports iTunes music import, Audio Copy/Paste, and you can share songs via Email, iTunes or SoundCloud.
  • Sampler supports iTunes music import and email sharing.
  • New MIDI assignment page, MIDI learning and MIDI on and off switch.
  • Double tap each knob will reset to its default value
  • Bug fixes: SoundCloud sharing, Fireball gain, Multi-Head delay.

The JamUp app is available to download at the iTunes App Store now. The new 8-Track Recorder is available via in-app purchase for the special launch price of $4.99 USD.

More information: JamUp

Roland intros CD-2u SD/CD Recorder & SD-2u SD Recorder

Roland has announced the CD-2u SD/CD Recorder and SD-2u SD Recorder, two all-in-one portable recording devices. Both units record CD-quality audio to SD/SDHC cards, and include many useful features for music practice and education.

Roland SD-2u
With high-quality SD recording and a host of great features for music practice and study, the SD-2u Recorder is a powerful tool for educators, students, and hobbyists.

The CD-2u offers identical features to the SD-2u, with the addition of CD burning/playback capability. Compact and ready to travel, the CD-2u and SD-2u are ideal for mobile audio recording, learning music and languages, and much more.

Both the CD-2u and SD-2u feature an integrated high-quality stereo microphone, making it easy to capture audio anywhere. Built-in, high-performance stereo speakers provide convenient sound playback of recordings, music, lesson material, and more.

The CD-2u and SD-2u also provide connections to integrate external devices for various applications. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks allow users to connect their own microphones, with phantom power available if needed. There’s also a stereo mini-mic jack with Plug In Power, plus stereo RCA LINE IN jacks for connecting an instrument, music player, or other audio sources.

Roland CD-2u
In addition to SD/SDHC recording, the CD-2u also offers recording direct to CD and CD-RW discs. Standard audio CDs can be played as well. This allows users to easily burn and play audio CDs anywhere without the need to use a computer.

Both recorders are equipped with powerful features for manipulating audio playback, providing useful tools for building music skills, learning languages, transcribing spoken-word audio, and more. Users can independently adjust the speed and pitch with exceptional audio quality, perfect for slowing down passages to learn difficult parts or changing the key of music to match a singer’s vocal range.

An improved Center Cancel function removes vocals and solos from commercial songs, allowing users to create minus-one tracks for practice and karaoke fun. The newly developed Center Focus feature isolates center-located sounds in music tracks to make them easier to hear and learn.

Both recorders also feature practice essentials such as a chromatic tuner and metronome. A wireless remote control is included as well.

The CD-2u and SD-2u can be powered via the included AC adaptor, or with six AA batteries. AC power is required when using the CD-2u’s CD recording and playback functions.

More information: Roland