Rob O’Reilly launches Expressiv MIDI Guitar System on Kickstarter

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Rob O’Reilly has launched a Kickstarter project for Expressiv, a plug and play MIDI guitar system that brings electronic sounds to real guitar in a whole new way.

Rob O'Reilly Guitars Expressive

Existing MIDI systems for real guitars track the pitch from the sound of the string which results in latency and annoying tracking problems.

Expressiv is the first and only system that uses a smart fretboard scanner to know which notes you are pressing, the same way that keyboardists get a note when they press a key.

This leaves your strumming hand free to control any parameters such as pitch bend, modulation and octave shift using the onboard touchpad, joystick and buttons. With the flick of a switch, you can change from synthesizer control to standard guitar functionality.

Now guitarists of all levels have access to the sounds that until now were only available to keyboard players, and whats more, at an affordable price.

The Kickstarter project aims raise 15,000 EUR by November 25th, 2014.

More information: Rob O’Reilly Guitars / Expressive at Kickstarter

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M-Audio launches upgraded M-Track audio interfaces

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M-Audio has announced it has upgrades to its M-Track series audio interfaces.

M-Audio M-Track series
The M-Track and M-Track Plus now feature a rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance, and an expanded software suite is included with the M-Track Eight interface.

These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd.
“The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”

Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.

M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.

“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.

The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October, priced at $99 USD and $149 USD, respectively; the M-Track Eight is available now for $399 USD.

More information: M-Audio

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TASCAM intros US-16×08 multichannel audio interface

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TASCAM has announced the US-16×08, a 16-in/8-out USB audio/MIDI interface with advanced features to manage big sessions.

TASCAM US-16x08

Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps deliver the cleanest and quietest specifications in their class while delivering up to 56dB of gain. An additional eight line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.

Built into the US-16×08 is a DSP Mixer for low-latency digital mixing. Each channel has four-band EQ and compression for polished-sounding monitor mixes. In addition to interface mode, the US-16×08 can be used as a standalone mic preamp. Mac and Windows drivers are provided, as well as USB Audio Compliance 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility. MIDI input and output are also available on the rear panel.

The solid, metal case was designed by designbox studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your head around. Rack ears are also included with the US-16×08.

Whether using the ergonomically-designed angled desktop stand or mounting with the included rack ears, the US-16×08 includes enough I/O for almost any music recording application.

US-16×08 features

  • Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps with 56dB of gain.
  • 16-in/8-out interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
  • Eight 1/4” balanced line inputs, two switchable to instrument level.
  • DSP Mixer for Low-latency monitoring with EQ and compression.
  • High-quality audio components for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
  • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
  • Independent line out and headphone level controls.
  • MIDI Input and Output.
  • Metal body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
  • Rackmount adapter included.

The US-16×08 is scheduled for release in November 2014, priced at $299.99 (street price).

More information: TASCAM / US-16×08

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M-Audio releases new Oxygen MIDI keyboard controllers

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M-Audio announced the availability of its newly updated Oxygen Series MIDI keyboard controller line.

M-Audio Oxygen 25
The Oxygen series expand on playability and include a wide array of sounds with two virtual instruments for players, songwriters, and producers.

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key models, the Oxygen series build upon a legacy of innovative workflow and playability with its expansive MIDI control surface for the modern studio setup. Each model comes equipped with a number of faders, buttons, knobs, pitch & mod wheels, transport controls, and velocity-sensitive trigger pads. With Directlink, these controls will automatically map to popular DAW’s such as Ableton Live, Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, and Steinberg Cubase.

The Oxygen series include a comprehensive software package with a sonic palette to suit a variety of music styles. Ableton Live Lite provides a DAW platform to work out of the box along with its own host of sample content. Also included is Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer by SONiVOX. Xpand!2 by AIR Music Technology, is a multitimbral all-in-one workstation that lets you create a multitude of combinations of 4 active layers for a unique sound set.

“These new keyboards are now a complete solution for creating music,” commented J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “Adding trigger pads and the included software package, users now have everything they need to get their music creation started, out-of-the-box.”

Oxygen series features

  • 25, 49, or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching, and more.
  • 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments and plugins.
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61) lets you mix your productions with ease.
  • Transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse.
  • Directlink automatically maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more.
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback.
  • USB-powered, plug-and-play support, and USB-MIDI connectivity.
  • Sustain pedal input for further creative control.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate music creation.
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer.
  • Includes AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices.

The Oxygen series keyboard controllers are available for a street price of $119 USD (Oxygen 25)/$169 USD (Oxygen 49)/$229 USD (Oxygen 61).

More information: M-Audio / Oxygen Series

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Native Instruments releases Komplete Kontrol S-Series & Komplete 10

Native Instruments has announced the release of the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of Komplete and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.

The S-Series keyboards and accompanying KOMPLETE KONTROL software unite all KOMPLETE Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments’ acclaimed KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects suites, including six brand-new instruments, as well as several new additions.

The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, KOMPLETE 10, and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE are available now in stores and at the NI Online Shop.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series

The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards were designed to deliver the tightest integration yet with the entire KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio thanks to the KOMPLETE KONTROL software – included with purchase of KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE. The all-new KOMPLETE Browser™ delivers a tag-based system to access all KOMPLETE Instrument presets from one plug-in interface. Native Map™ technology saves producers time and accelerates workflow by automatically mapping key KOMPLETE Instrument parameters to the touch-sensitive controller knobs. The keyboards’ Clear View display provides a clear overview of all tweaks directly on the hardware. Light Guide™ shows key switches, zones, and more on multi-color LEDs positioned just above the keys. KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboards feature premium Fatar keybeds and are available in a choice of 25, 49, and 61 keys.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards also deliver powerful Smart Play™ features. Scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard as they are played. Chord mode maps chords onto single keys across octaves on the keyboard, allowing users to add rich harmonic progressions to their tracks quickly and easily. The integrated scale mapping features deliver fast access to new melodic possibilities – virtually any musical scale can also be mapped to the white keys so melodies are easy to play and always in tune. Notes of the currently selected scale light up on the Light Guide™ for optimum visibility. An arpeggiator works seamlessly with every KOMPLETE Instrument directly from the hardware. The ultra-sensitive Touch Kontrol™ can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves – far beyond what conventional mod wheels are capable of.

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 10

The release of KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE sees the release of six brand-new KOMPLETE Instruments. ROUNDS, KONTOUR, and POLYPLEX are three new REAKTOR-based instruments designed to take full advantage of the advanced features of the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION presents three new acoustic pianos – THE GRANDEUR, THE MAVERICK, and THE GENTLEMAN – sampled in unprecedented detail, delivering a varied and nuanced sonic range. Along with these new instruments, each bundle comes with several new additions since KOMPLETE 9 was released. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and effects, including DRUM LAB, SESSION HORNS, and SUPERCHARGER. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE & HIT – all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation.

Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Pricing for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards:

  • KOMPLETE KONTROL S25: $499 USD / 499 EUR
  • KOMPLETE KONTROL S49: $599 USD / 599 EUR
  • KOMPLETE KONTROL S61: $699 USD / 699 EUR

Pricing for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE:

  • KOMPLETE 10: $499 USD / 499 EUR
  • KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE: $999 USD / 999 EUR

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, KOMPLETE 10, and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE are available now online and in retailers. Upgrade, update, and crossgrade paths for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE also available online and at retailers worldwide.

More information: Native Instruments

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