Futuresonus announces Parva polyphonic analog synth

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Futuresonus has announced Parva, a revolutionary new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package.

Futuresonus Parva

“I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention of producing a completely new synth while still maintaining the character of the classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Futuresonus founder Brad Ferguson.

Each of Parva’s eight voices features three digitally-controlled analog oscillators, producing sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms with extremely accurate pitch and rock-solid tuning stability. A pair of two-pole state-variable filters can be configured for a 12dB or 24dB low-pass or high-pass response, or split for bandpass or notch filtering. Four four-stage envelope generators and four multi-waveform low-frequency oscillators feed a flexible modulation matrix, allowing for virtually limitless sound design options.

Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which enables the user to connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Analog potentiometers provide immediate access to the most commonly used parameters, while the high visibility OLED displays on the front panel show additional settings, making it simple to dial in the perfect patch.

From the aluminum enclosure to the custom-machined aluminum knobs on sturdy panel- mounted potentiometers, Parva was designed with working musicians in mind, and built to last. Each unit will be hand-assembled in Austin, TX.

Parva is expected to ship in Summer 2015. Pre-orders will begin in February, with the standard polyphonic Parva retailing for under $1,000 USD. An expandable monophonic version will also be available for under $500 USD.

More information: Futuresonus

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Line 6 intros Firehawk FX multi-effect pedal

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Line 6 has introduced the Firehawk FX, a multi-effect processor that combines world-class tone with intuitive app-based editing, so you can get the perfect sound faster than ever before.

Line6 Firehawk FX

The Firehawk Remote app for iOS® and Android™ gives you the power to sculpt great tone, right in the palm of your hand.

Choose from over 200 legendary amps and effects—including 50 HD models—and wirelessly control every detail of your sound. You get access to 128 internal presets plus a massive online tone library, making it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal or gig.

With 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is also an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac® and iOS.

Firehawk FX will be available in Q1 2015, priced at MSRP $629.99 USD.

More information: Line 6 / Firehawk FX

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Denon DJ intros MC4000 Serato controller & DS1 Serator interface

Denon DJ has announced the MC4000, a new Serato MIDI controller.

Denon DJ MC4000

The all-new MC4000 is a 2-deck Serato MIDI controller for the professional DJ, wrapping in- demand audio manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. In addition to precision touch-activated jog wheels, performers get access to dedicated hot cue and sample pads for on-the-fly creativity.

Long-throw 100mm pitch faders and an intuitive control layout deliver natural operation when balancing complex set elements. Known for their emphasis on sound quality, Denon DJ includes a premium 24-bit audio output path for noticeably clearer mixes.

Denon DJ’s highly regarded dual microphone inputs are complemented by a studio-grade echo effect, and “ducking” feature—effortlessly moving vocals to the top of the mix without riding faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro and will be compatible with Traktor 2, and Virtual DJ 8.

MC4000 features

  • Premium 2-Deck controller for Serato.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; user-upgradeable to Serato DJ.
  • Touch-activated jog wheels for accurate scratching and track cueing.
  • Dedicated hot-cue and sample trigger pads with illuminated feedback.
  • Long-throw, 100mm pitch faders.
  • All-new control layout for effortless, intuitive use.
  • Dedicated EQ and FX controls on each channel.
  • (2) balanced mic inputs with 2-band EQ, Ducking, and Echo effect.
  • Compatible with Traktor 2 (via .tsi files) and Virtual DJ 8.
  • RCA Aux input for external device mixing.
  • Balanced Main and Booth Outputs.
  • Pro-grade steel construction.

The MC4000 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

Denon has also introduced the DS1, a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap – the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player.

Denon DJ DS1

The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling.

Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

DS1 features

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ.
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary.
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks.
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion.
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates.
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables.
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio.
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs.
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables.
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included.

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99 GBP.

More information: Denon DJ

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Rane intros MP2015 Rotary Mixer & TTM57mkII for Serato DJ

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Rane has introduced the MP2015 rotary DJ mixer, a no-compromise music-mixing performance instrument.

Rane MP2015

Control, sound, reliability and durability distinguish Rane’s new techno house club mixer for high-end audio systems.

Born from a legacy of rotary club mixers beginning in 1971 with Rudy Bozak’s CMA-10-2DL, on to 1982 and UREI’s 1620, then in 1999 Rane’s MP2016/XP2016 combo, and now in 2015, the MP2015 represents the next revival and evolution.

With over 40 years of rotary mixer experience to draw on, along with collaboration and input from the world’s best techno house DJs, the MP2015 is the best mixer produced by Rane—ever. There are no compromises in the design. It has the best sound, the best features, the best feel, and the best reliability and durability.

Rane has also introduced the TTM57mkII for Serato DJ, a plug-and-play 2-deck turntablist mixer with two USB ports and software controls.

Rane TTM57mkII

When introduced in 2006 the TTM57SL broke ground as the first ever DJ mixer with built-in USB sound card and tightly integrated Serato software controls. When discontinued in 2013, the TTM57SL had developed a cult-like following.

The TTM57mkII stays true to its original design by supporting familiar workflow while improving performance and software integration. Updated software controls include silicone RGB backlit pads for triggering 4 cue points per deck or the SP-6 sampler. Classic joystick controls toggle slip, instant doubles, internal mode, censor, and transform. Dedicated auto-loop & loop roll controls with back-lit buttons. Intuitive Serato DJ iZotope FX controls for easy & quick access.

The mixer features Rane’s exclusive dual USB port architecture for intuitive DJ change over and supports creative dual computer applications. The TTM57mkII is a classic reborn.

More information: Rane Corporation

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Arturia intros BeatStep Pro performance step sequencer

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Arturia has launched BeatStep Pro, an all-new world-class controller and dynamic performance step sequencer, at the NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

Arturia BeatStep Pro

Designed for hands-on hardware sequencing, the BeatStep Pro brings two fully independent melodic sequencers and one drum sequencer.

You can from the BeatStep Pro manage a full performance, controlling software instruments, analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines and drum kits, iPad apps.

The melodic sequencers offer up to 64 steps per sequence, 16 sequences per project and 16 projects, making them the most impressive step sequencers ever made.

The additional drum sequencer allows for 16 separate tracks of sequencing. Record in real-time via the pads or use the step buttons for a classic drum machine workflow.

BeatStep Pro features

  • 2 monophonic step sequencers
    • Up to 64 steps per sequence.
    • Note, velocity and gate time settings per step.
    • Note tie.
  • 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
    • MIDI controller mode.
    • Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads.
    • Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes.
  • 16 Projects, each with 16×2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
  • Performance controls.
  • Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings.
  • Real-time looper/roller touch strip.
  • Independent swing amount per sequence.
  • Touch sensitive knobs.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • Connectivity
    • CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates).
    • 8 drum gate outputs.
    • Clock sync with multiple standards.
    • MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors.
    • USB class compliant.
  • Kensington lock.

BeatStep Pro will be available for purchase in April, 2015, priced at $299 USD/249 EUR.

More information: Arturia / BeatStep Pro

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