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Cupwise releases Tube FM 1, 2 & 3 libraries for Nebula

Cupwise Tube FM

Cupwise has released three Tube FM libraries for Acustica Audio Nebula.

The sound characteristics of 4 table-top tube radios and 2 tube tuners were captured to be reproduced through Nebula. Sampled at 96khz.

These radios date to the 1950s. Two different FM transmitters were used, to get the signal into the radios. In some cases though, instead of transmitting the signal, it was directly injected into the radios’ circuitry. The tuners have RCA outputs which were used, but the table-top radios don’t. For those, the signal was taken from the speaker leads, after they were disconnected from the speakers.

Tube FM libraries for Nebula

  • Tube FM 1 – Four table-top tube radios. Two tube tuners. Two FM transmitters. Direct outputs.
    In all cases, the signal used to sample the radios was taken from them by a direct electrical connection. This means the speakers were bypassed. This provides the cleanest method of capturing the characteristic behavior of the radio’s circuitry. Each radio leaves a unique fingerprint on any audio ran through it, and these ‘colors’ were captured for use with Nebula.
  • Tube FM 2 – The same radios/tuners were used as with Tube FM 1, but this time their sound was captured with microphones. The overall sound is distinctive, yet each effect is different.
  • Tube FM 3 – Vintage Reverb – Custom reverbs made using tube radios, to add a vintage touch.

Tube FM 1 and 2 are available to purchase for $16 USD each; Tube FM 3 is $15 USD. Some free demo programs can be downloaded from the product pages.

More information: Cupwise

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Korg intros Pitchclip clip-on tuner

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Korg Pitchclip

Korg has introduced the Pitchclip, a compact, accurate, and easy to use chromatic clip-on tuner.

Used and loved by players around the world, Korg’s clip-on tuners have earned a place as standard equipment for the modern guitarist.

The compact, affordable, and easy-to-use pitchclip is the latest addition to the popular Korg clip-on family. Simple and user-friendly, the pitchclip offers highly accurate tuning, fast and ultra-responsive results, and excellent visibility. Pitchclip is the choice for every guitar or bass player who desires fast, accurate, and carefree tuning.

Pitchclip features

  • Simple, convenient clip-on style chromatic tuner.
  • New compact, lightweight and discreet design.
  • Display reverse assures easy viewing when mounted on either side of the headstock.
  • Highly accurate and ultra-responsive, offering a wide detection range.
  • Clear, bright, and easy-to-read LED display.
  • Reliable, highly-stable clip design.
  • Auto Power-Off extends battery life.

More information: Korg / Pitchclip

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TC Electronic announces RH750 compact bass head

TC Electronic

TC Electronic has announced the RH750, a compact bass head boasting 750 watts of power and 1200 watts peak, as well as superior tonal capabilities and the well-known Bass Amp 2.0 feature set.

RH750 continues TC Electronic’s Bass Amp 2.0 quest of bringing a whole new set of features to bass players. RH750 captures the essence of this new revolutionary concept with a built-in chromatic tuner, three presets and jaw-dropping tone shaping abilities combined with immense power and stunning bass tone.

The new RH750 raises the bass bar to new heights. First of all, it jams significant power into its compact design – 750 watts (1200 watts peak) just waiting to be unleashed on stages everywhere! Secondly, a new TweeterTone knob, offering ‘intelligent HF control’, takes RH750 from old-school vintage tones to crisp and modern bass tones or anything in between in seconds. RH750 and RH450 are obviously related, RH750 simply takes it up a notch!

Further, RH750 includes SpectraComp, a unique ‘per string’ bass compressor that has been praised by bass players all over the world for its extremely even compression across all strings. The head also includes TubeTone, an amazing recreation of both a tube pre- and power amp. Combine this with an extremely versatile 4-band tone control section and the new TweeterTone feature and the tone shaping capability of RH750 is in a league of its own.

With three on-board presets, bass players will be able to store their favorite tones tailored for different basses or musical styles. Finally, switching between vintage Fenders and modern, active basses or between funky R n’ B and classic Rock ‘n Roll tunes is completely effortless.

Also, the built-in, chromatic bass tuner makes maintaining perfect pitch of the low notes on the stage simple. The tuner is always displaying the tuning state of the bass, and it is a breeze to tune up silently and swiftly between songs by hitting the Mute button. It has never been faster to get back to the important thing – playing music!

TC Electronic RH750

RH750 features

  • Power – 750 watts.
  • TweeterTone™ – Front panel tweeter level control for crisp and modern bass tones.
  • Presets – 3 user-defined presets.
  • On-board chromatic tuner – Always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time.
  • SpectraComp™ – Multi-band compression – the musical way to compress!
  • TubeTone™ – Emulation of both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections.
  • 4-band EQ – Semi-parametric Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid and Treble.
  • Transformer balanced Line Driver – Studio-grade DI for ultra-clean signals to PAs or DAWs.

The RH750 is available this April, for an estimated price of 999 EUR / $999 USD.

More information: TC Electronic / RH750

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TC Electronic PolyTune update adds Drop-D tuning

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TC Electronic has announced a software update for the PolyTune polyphonic tuner, adding Drop-D tuning.

TC Electronic PolyTune

PolyTune has received numerous awards and gained a huge fan base in just a little over a year, and now TC Electronic meets the single most demanded feature: support for Drop-D tuning!

TC Electronic has revolutionized guitar tuning at a stroke – or strum – with PolyTune™, the world’s first polyphonic guitar tuner. This cutting-edge tuning technology revolutionizes tuning and accomplishes what has been deemed ‘impossible’ until now: tuning all strings simultaneously! It’s as simple as: strum, tune and rock – even for hard-riffing guitarists and bassists who like to drop the lower E-string down to D! For switching between standard tuning and Drop-D, just press and hold the footswitch for two seconds.

The update also includes a new ’Capo Mode’ that compensates when a capo is being used, and best of all, the update is completely free of charge to all PolyTune users! The software update is available on TC Electronic’s website, and it is simple to install via PolyTune’s USB port – it’s just a matter of hooking up the pedal to a computer and uploading the new software version.

More information: TC Electronic / PolyTune

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MOTU Audio Express, personal studio interface

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MOTU Audio Express

MOTU has announced the Audio Express, a 6×6 hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 audio interface and mixer for personal studio recording and live performance mixing.

The Audio Express features studio-grade sound, hands-on mixing, MIDI connectivity, and all the audio I/O needed for a well-equipped personal studio. Advanced features include front-panel control of four stereo mix busses, stand-alone mixing, digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

Audio Express features

  • 6-input, 6-output audio interface for Mac and Windows.
  • 6 x 8 physical input/output channels — all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity — connect to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer — routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes — each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic/guitar combo jacks — provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or XLR mic input with phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo analog inputs — on line-level, balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect to synth or or other line-level input signal.
  • Stereo main outs — on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital in/out.
  • Stereo headphone output on quarter-inch jack with independent volume control.
  • Support for standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of all inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control — each input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive on-screen graphic mixing with a tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation — bring the Audio Express to a gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Front panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Audio Express is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Sample-accurate MIDI — connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
  • Foot switch input — connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs — can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 — compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation. No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone operation.
  • Half-rack form factor with removable rack brackets (included) for portable desktop operation or rack-mount installation.

The Audio Express ships this month (March, 2011), priced $449 USD.

More information: MOTU / Audio Express

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IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender for iPhone and iPad Available on iTunes

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender

IK Multimedia has announced that its AmpliTube Fender apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are now available for download from the iTunes App store.

Designed and developed in close cooperation with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, AmpliTube Fender™ is a full featured recording studio, guitar amp and FX rig offering the legendary Fender™ tone.

AmpliTube Fender features

  • Real time guitar mobile multiFX + recording and practicing app.
  • Full rig with 3 stompboxes (iPhone)/4 (iPad) + amp with effects + cabinet + mic.
  • 6 Fender™ Stomps — Fender™ Phaser, Fender™ Blender™, Tape Delay, Overdrive, Compressor (by registering) and Noise Filter.
  • 5 Fender™ Amps with matching Cabinets — ’65 Deluxe Reverb™, ’65 Twin Reverb™, ’59 Bassman™ LTD, Super-Sonic™ and Pro Junior™.
  • 2 Microphone models, dynamic and condenser.
  • Single track recorder (with re-amping) expandable to full 4 track (iPhone)/8 track (iPad) recording studio with master effects through in-app purchase.
  • Import and play up to 50 songs/backing tracks directly from your iPod library on your device or from your computer.
  • Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Fender Mac/PC studio.
  • Slow down or speed up the tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songswithout affecting their pitch.
  • 36 presets can be saved/named/recalled on the fly.
  • Includes tuner and metronome.
  • Low-latency for real time playing.
  • FREE version also available – can be expanded by individual gear model purchases, or bundle purchase via the in-app purchase feature.
  • Can be incorporated into the AmpliTube 2 for iPhone/iPad app via in-app purchase.

The AmpliTube Fender apps for iPhone and iPad are currently available from the iTunes App Store, and cost $14.99 USD / 11.99 EUR each. Free versions are also available for iPhone and iPad, both expandable with the individual amps and effects a-la-carte through in-app purchases.

The 4-track recorder and 8-track recorder with master effects’ sections on the iPhone and iPad cost $9.99 USD / 7.99 EUR and $14.99 USD / 11.99 EUR respectively as in-app purchases. AmpliTube 2 for iPhone/iPad users are able to add AmpliTube Fender™ stomp box and amplifier models as individual in-app purchases for only $4.99 USD / 3.99 EUR per amp, $2.99 USD / 2.39 EUR per stomp box, or $14.99 USD / 11.99 EUR for the entire collection of models.

More information: IK Multimedia

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Korg announces Pandora mini, personal multi effect processor

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Korg Pandora mini

Korg has announced the PANDORA mini, a personal multi effect processor.

The highly-acclaimed PANDORA – now in miniature! Anytime, anywhere, play that song on your guitar or bass with your favorite set of effects.

The first-generation PANDORA appeared in 1995. This revolutionary product dramatically changed the concept of a multi-effect unit, placing great sound and unheard of versatility into a compact body. Constantly evolving, the PANDORA Series became a long-selling favorite for guitarists and bassists around the world.

Pandora mini features

  • Ultra-compact pocket-size multi-effect designed for both guitar and bass.
  • Powered by “REMS” modeling technology.
  • 200 preset programs (including song presets).
  • 200 user programs locations for storing your own sounds.
  • 158 types of amazing amps and effects.
  • Use up to seven effects at once.
  • 100 different rhythm patterns plus a built-in metronome; ideal for composing and practice..
  • AUX input for jamming along to your favorite songs on CD, MP3, etc.; Ability to change the pitch of the Aux input by ± one octave.
  • TAP button makes it easy to set the delay time or the tempo of the Rhythm.
  • Four program memory buttons allow one-touch recall of your favorite programs.
  • Auto-tuner with muting.
  • Backlit LCD screen ensures good visibility, even in dim locations.
  • Stylish body, available in either black or white.
  • Sound editing software; edit sounds and manage programs from your computer (available for download from the Korg website).
  • Two-way power: batteries or USB bus power.

More information: Korg / Pandora mini

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