eXtream Software Development has announced it is finalizing its work on integrating support for USB audio devices in Audio Evolution Mobile, its leading multitrack audio app for Android.
To overcome the limitations of the Android system, a USB audio driver was developed from scratch to get professional level audio into the hands of millions of Android phone and tablet users. Low latency, high resolution audio and multichannel connectivity will finally be achievable, making for a very affordable mobile audio solution. A release is expected by the end of May.
Supported Android devices include the Google Nexus 7 and 10, most Acer and Asus tablets and phones like the popular Samsung S3 and Sony XPeria Z. Requirements are Android 3.1 or higher and a device with USB host mode. No rooting is required.
The USB audio devices need to be class compliant. Over 100 devices are currently on the compatibility list including the Apogee One, Behringer USB mixers, Blue microphones, FocusRite 2i2, M-Audio Fast Track, RME Babyface, Zoom H4n and many others.
The app is available to purchase from Google Play, priced at 5.75 EUR.
Audient has introduced its new iD22 audio interface at the MusikMesse in Frankfurt.
iD22 provides two classic audient microphone preamplifiers, ALL NEW pristine AD/DA convertors that have been designed to deliver impeccable detail and impressive depth during both tracking & mixing.
iD22 is expandable via ADAT i/o – perfect for partnering with an ASP008 for 10-ch recording [total 10-in, 12-out + headphones]. Our console-style monitor controller functionality and USB2.0 connectivity complete the ergonomic desktop package.
iD22 will transform your DAW into a world-class recording system by connecting directly to your microphones, computer and monitors.
2-in, 6-out high performance 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA converters.
Arturia has introduced its KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software at Musikmesse 2013.
25, 49, or 61 keys; velocity sensitivity or velocity sensitivity and aftertouch; beat-making or breath control… whatever your performance preference, there’s a KeyLab MIDI keyboard controller to suit with Analog Lab to boot.
Let your musical ideas flow forth with the greatest of ease with these superb-sounding software/hardware hybrid synthesis combos!
25/49/61 semi weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch.
Controllers include encoders (incl. clickable), sliders, modulation & pitch bend wheels, switches, assignable control buttons, octave up/down buttons, touch & pressure-sensitive pads.
MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
32 digits LCD screen.
Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds.
All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V, our recreation of the classic 200A electric piano. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark…).
In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits.
Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab.
The KeyLab controller series will be available soon.
Nektar has announced the Impact LX49, the first in a new range of Nektar USB controller keyboards, aimed at users looking for an affordable, yet fully featured solution.
With intelligent mapping for major DAWs, Impact LX49 makes it easy for musicians and producers to get up and running without having to worry about MIDI assignments to get started. Based on the technology developed for the acclaimed higher end Nektar Panorama series, Impact comes pre-mapped and configured. Just like Panorama, which features multiple modes for main control navigation, Impact LX49 allows the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Preset modes. Presets include 5 memory locations for users to store their own setups. Navigation options include track change, patch change and a Plug-in button that opens or closes the currently controlled plug-in window on the computer display.
Impact LX49 also features 8 velocity sensitive pads that also can be used as MIDI buttons. A unique pad learn function enables pad presets to be programmed quickly by just pressing the target note on the keyboard. Four pad memory locations store pad settings for later recall, completely independent of the preset settings.
Nektar make Impact with a new 49 note USB keyboard.
Impact LX49 features
49 note full-size, velocity sensitive keyboard.
4 keyboard velocity curve options.
Pitch bend and modulation wheels.
2 Transpose buttons (assignable also to Program, MIDI channel and Preset -/+).
2 Octave Shift buttons (assignable also to Program, MIDI channel and Preset -/+).
8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads.
3 Digit LED display.
8 Function buttons .
9 30mm control faders.
8 control pots.
9 control buttons.
6 transport buttons for cycle, rewind, forward, stop, play, record.
5 preset memory locations.
4 Pad memory locations.
Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included).
Supports Standard DAWs right out of the box (installation required): Reason, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Garageband, Sonar, Bitwig, Reaper.
Nektar Impact LX49 will be available in Q3 2013 at an RRP of $159.99 USD / 129.99 EUR / £109.99 GBP in stores worldwide. The Impact range will also feature a 25 and 61 note keyboard option, expected late 2013.
Novation has announced Bass Station II, an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station.
To celebrate our 21st birthday, Novation is proud to announce the launch of Bass Station II – a powerful analogue synth that’s made for bass but equally well adapted to leads.
Based on the classic Novation BassStation from 20 years ago, Bass Station II has been completely re-worked for the 21st Century, with two filters, two oscillators plus a sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section. Plus there’s a step sequencer, arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section. There’s even MIDI I/O and USB connectivity.
Bass Station II features
Analogue synth – brand new version of the classic BassStation: Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original BassStation with an all-new design optimised for bass.
Two distinct analogue filters: In addition to the original ‘Classic’ BassStation filter, there’s a brand new ‘Acid’ diode ladder filter for squelchy 303-esque bass sounds.
Load and save patches: 64 factory patches on-board with room for 64 more of your own. Save more to your computer via USB.
Pattern-based step sequencer and arpeggiator: Bass Station II has an arpeggiator with a programmable step sequencer that enables you to store and call up patterns as well as quickly sketch out ideas.
Instant hands-on control: Instant hands-on control of the sound engine via a traditional analogue synth control panel.
Two oscillators plus an additional sub oscillator: Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds.
Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add aggression and crunch.
Powerful modulation section featuring two Envelopes and two LFOs: Two ADSR envelopes for amp, filter, pitch and pulse width modulation alongside two LFOs with waveforms including triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold.
The Bass Station II is expected to start shipping in June, priced at £399.99 GBP / 469.99 EUR / $499.99 USD.
Novation has introduced the LaunchPad S, an updated version of its music controller.
Launchpad S is a powerful 64-button music controller that lets you make music or mix tracks using a super-intuitive grid of multi-colour buttons.
Launchpad S comes with Ableton Live music software (Launchpad Edition), used by some of the world’s top DJs and producers – plus it supports other grid-based music applications such as FL Studio.
Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to ‘play’ your software straight out of the box. Use the 64-button grid to launch and manipulate clips, trigger loops, fire off effects, control your mixer – and much more. Launchpad S also triggers loops and effects in the new Novation Launchpad app for iPad; a totally self-standing music performance app that hosts sounds and effects.
Launchpad S features
The new 64-button grid music controller with MORE – All the features of the original – now with much brighter buttons, faster refresh and expanded app/system support.
Supports Ableton Live and other grid music applications – Ableton Live software is in the box – also supports FL Studio with no additional drivers. And your iPad!
Control your mix – Including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting. Launchpad S lets you jump to different levels across eight channels at once.
Launchpad iPad app – Trigger loops and effects using the Launchpad app on iPad – Launchpad S can be plugged into your iPad and fully powered with a Camera Connection Kit.
Take it anywhere – Launchpad S is fully USB bus powered – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s lightweight and easy to carry anywhere.
More software and sample content – Comes with the Novation Bass Station synth plug-in and over one gigabyte of Loopmasters samples.
The Launchpad S will be released in April 2013, with a suggested retail price of $169.99 USD.