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Drum Broker intros Havoc – The Infamous Producer Kit (Pre-Order)

The Drum Broker has announced a pre-order of The Infamous Producer Kit, a collection of samples by Havoc of Mobb Deep.

Havoc The Infamous Producer Kit

After 20 years of crafting tracks, legendary producer Havoc of Mobb Deep is making a selection of his signature sounds available to producers everywhere. The Infamous Producer Kit features over 200 sounds used on classic Mobb Deep albums like The Infamous, from Havoc’s earliest productions all the way up to the present day. While some producers keep their production secrets to themselves, Havoc is eager to spread the love. “It’s a gift. Why harbor all these cool sounds? I’d rather give them to the next generation. The kit includes various sounds, but there’s a heavy emphasis on percussion. “Drums can make or break a song,” Havoc explains. “If the drums ain’t right, your song won’t even have a chance to be great.”

While eBay is littered with knock-off kits, Havoc is among the first producers to release the actual sounds used on classic recordings. “This is not just another kit,” he explains. “This is the original sounds from my machine. It’s a piece of time. It’s a piece of history.” Now producers everywhere can incorporate a piece of that history into their own projects. “Bottom line, this is something you want in your arsenal as a producer,” says Havoc. “You want the right tools in your toolbox.”

The Infamous Producer Kit features

  • 200+ sounds on a limited-edition USB flash drive and custom case.
  • Free poster plus a booklet with exclusive production tips from Havoc.
  • Comes pre-loaded with Havoc’s solo albums The Kush and 13, plus the first two volumes in his instrumental Beats Collection series.

The Infamous Producer Kit is available to pre-order for a limited time for $69.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / The Infamous Producer Kit

AudioFront updates MIDI Expression to v1.0.1.0

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AudioFront has announced version 1.0.1.0 of its MIDI Expression firmware and control application.

MIDI Expression is a pedal to USB MIDI interface.

This update brings a new mode for sustain pedals and footswitches called Control Change Dual CC, allowing a single pedal to send two different MIDI messages depending on how long it’s pressed.


The updated MIDI Expression features dual CC mode.

Changes in MIDI Expression v1.0.1.0

  • New Features:
    • Dual CC mode.
    • Factory Reset Button.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue with supporting the Berhinger FCV100.
    • Fixed toggle mode host synchronization.
    • Fixed lag while device saves internal presets.

MIDI Expression costs $49 USD.

More information: MIDI Expression

Steinberg announces UR44 audio interface

Steinberg has announced that its new UR44 audio interface will be available in January 2014, further extending the UR range of USB 2.0 interfaces.

Steinberg UR44
Steinberg UR44 six-in, four-out USB audio interface, featuring comprehensive connectivity, studio-grade sound quality and great software bundle.

With up to 192 kHz and 24-bit audio quality, MIDI input/output, Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps and its class-compliant mode for iPad use, the UR44 is a portable production studio with ample connectivity choices.

“The UR44 caters to all your needs: the build quality is outstanding, the sound quality superb, use it with the massive software bundle or hook it up to your iPad. All this in a portable size that allows you to easily carry it around with you,” said Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “You cannot possibly expect more from an interface!” Schreiber exclaims further.

The UR44 is a USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface with six inputs and four outputs. It offers latency-free monitoring with the DSP-powered REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip in Cubase, or any other DAW software via the included dspMixFx application. Four Neutrik combo inputs boast D-PRE microphone preamps and phantom power, Hi-Z attenuation on inputs 1 and 2 and line attenuation on inputs 3 and 4, and two headphone jacks plus two additional balanced line inputs on the rear panel. Also available on the back panel are four balanced line outputs alongside two main outputs, MIDI I/O and a switch to class-compliant mode.

With the included software bundle, the UR44 transforms into a full system solution for recording music in studio quality. Cubase AI 7 is based on the same core technologies as Steinberg’s highly acclaimed Cubase advanced music production system, providing tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing. The Basic FX Suite consists of a range of VST effects and sound-processing tools: the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, the REV-X reverb and Guitar Amp Classics with guitar amp simulations developed by Yamaha.

UR44 features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • 4 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48 V phantom power.
  • 4 analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (mic/Hi-Z on input 1/2 and mic/line on input 3/4), 2 TRS line inputs.
  • 4 line outputs (TRS balanced), plus 2 main outputs L/R (TRS balanced).
  • MIDI input and output.
  • 2 separate headphone buses with individual outputs.
  • Latency-free DSP powered monitoring with REV-X reverb and Sweet Spot Channel Strips with any DAW by using the latest dspMixFx technology, including Basic FX Suite VST plug-ins.
  • Rugged full-metal housing.
  • Includes Cubase AI DAW software download version.
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS.
  • iPad connectivity thanks to CC mode (with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit).

The UR44 interface will be available in January 2014, for a suggested retail price of 349 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / UR44

Feelyoursound MidiMidi + MaKey MaKey = $80 DIY MIDI controller

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Feelyoursound MidiMidi

Feelyoursound has announced MidiMidi, a MIDI software for use with the MaKey MaKey invention kit that allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads.

Have you been playing around with the idea to buid your own MIDI controllers or MIDI drumkits? There might be a new software and hardware combination around that can make your gear ideas come true.

feelyoursound.com has released MidiMidi, a software that turns the input of the successful Kickstarter project MaKey MaKey into various kinds of MIDI data.
MaKey MaKey connects to your computer via USB and presents itself as a standard keyboard. But instead of using the usual keys you can connect any conductive material like fruits or metal to the small platine. MaKey MaKey will transform each touch event into a key press like “space”, “left arrow”, etc.

MidiMidi by feelyoursound.com is 100% compatible to MaKey MaKey and turns its’ gaming orientated standard keys (W, A, S, D, Space,…) into MIDI notes, MIDI chords and MIDI controller values. Ten keys can get remapped to send the new data to synthesizers or other software, four banks are available to organize
your settings.

MidiMidi for Windows is available to purchase for 19 EUR / $27 USD.

More information: Feelyoursound / MidiMidi

Steinberg intros Cubase BackPack limited edition portable recording system

Steinberg Cubase BackPack

Steinberg has announced the Cubase BackPack, a portable recording and production solution featuring Cubase Artist 7 and the UR22 interface that ensures a charitable contribution to sustainable development in Africa.

“With Cubase BackPack, we’re offering immediate savings on Cubase Artist and the UR22 audio interface,” comments Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “But more importantly, by teaming up with Joint Aid Management, every purchased bundle supports a child in Africa with food for an entire month.”

Cubase Artist 7 includes eight VST instruments including HALion Sonic SE, the Padshop granular synth and Retrologue plus a suite of 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors.

The UR22 USB 2.0 audio interface boasts 192 kHz audio quality, with two TRS/XLR combo inputs, two TRS outputs, MIDI connectivity and a single headphone output for latency-free monitoring. Its two studio-grade D-PRE mic preamps provide switchable phantom power for using all types of microphones.

Steinberg is donating a portion of the profits from the Cubase BackPack sales to Joint Aid Management, a humanitarian organization that offers sustainable development in Africa since 1984 and currently helps around 1,000,000 children through its nutritional feeding program.

Head of JAM Deutschland Sabine Wenz says: “We’re happy about the smooth cooperation with Steinberg, and their contribution to our cause.”

Cubase BackPack features

  • Cubase Artist 7 music production system with complete audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • UR22 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps supporting +48 V.
  • Analog 2 in and 2 out plus headphone output with individual volume control.
  • MIDI input and output for connecting of external gear.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Includes 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,000 presets, including new HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth and Retrologue virtual analog synth plus MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Comes with a suite of 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, DJ-EQ and MorphFilter.
  • Latency-free hardware-based monitoring with a Mix knob.
  • Cross-platform 32-/64-bit software application and drivers for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.

Cubase BackPack is available at selected Steinberg resellers for MSRP 349 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase BackPack

Roland releases new Windows 8.1 & Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers

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Roland USB Drivers

Roland has announced that new Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are available for a wide range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers, recorders, and more.

Roland respects the importance of keeping pace with technology, and Roland’s engineering teams forge strong links with Microsoft and Apple to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.

Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates, giving musicians immediate access to keep creative visions flowing. Windows 8.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are now available for the Roland products listed below. Additional drivers for Roland products will also be added as they are completed.

The drivers are available to download here.

More information: Roland

Arturia releases MicroBrute analog synthesizer

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Arturia has announced the availability of the MicroBrute analog synthesizer.

Arturia MicroBrute
The MicroBrute is a compact semi-modular analog monosynth with inbuilt step sequencer, MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity, and a host of unique features.

Arturia’s award-winning MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer rapidly reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when soaring through the subtractive synthesis sound barrier last year to much critical acclaim and subsequent success. Today it is joined by its equally as big- sounding little brother, the MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer.

MicroBrute is pure analog sonic powerhouse of a synth. Small in size but loaded with features, it follows in the footsteps laid by its big brother the MiniBrute.

Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, super fast envelope, syncable LFO and the new step sequencer, not to mention the patchable mod matrix the MicroBrute is a landmark new synth at an incredible price.

MicroBrute features

  • Monophonic synthesizer.
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path.
  • Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP).
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with new Overtone Sub-Osc.
  • Oscillator Mixer (Sub, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle).
  • LFO with 3 waveforms and destination attenuator.
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics.
  • Ultrasaw generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms.
  • Metalizer bringing extreme triangle harmonics.
  • Fast Envelope Generator.
  • 25 note mini Keyboard.
  • External Analog Audio Input (level pot on rear).
  • CV Inputs: Pitch, Filter, Sub-mod, Pulse, Saw animator, metalizer, gate in..
  • CV outputs: Pitch, Gate, Env, LFO.
  • MIDI Inwith 5-Pin DIN connector.
  • USB MIDI In/Out.
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/8” Headphone Output.
  • Free Editor Software.
  • Step Sequencer:
    • 8 sequences stored on power down.
    • Rate control.
    • Sync to MIDI clock.
    • Multiple modes (via software editor).
  • Tap tempo/rest insert.

MicroBrute is available to purchase for 329 EUR / $349 USD.

More information: Arturia / MicroBrute

iConnectivity releases iConnectMIDI2+ multi-host interface

iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+

iConnectivity has announced the availability of iConnectMIDI2+, an interface which enables users to use their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with their Mac/PC like a plugin, controller, and much more.

iConnectMIDI2+ is a multi-host interface that features iConnectivity’s unique multi-hosting and audio passThru technology.

iConnectMIDI2+’s multi-hosting capability allows for more than up to 2 computing devices to share the same interface as well as access and share MIDI resources over its 2 pairs of MIDI DINs and its 8 additional user configurable ports. This enables workflow such as, sending midi from a controller or synthesizer to DAW and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment, sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more.

As a part of its multi-hosting capabilities iConnectMIDI2+ also features audio passThru. This technology enables 2 computing devices (PC, MAC, iOS) to not only pass MIDI data but also act as an audio interface between them, seamlessly bridging each computing device into each other’s audio and MIDI environments. Now a synth running on a user’s iPad. iPod touch, or iPhone could behave as if it were a touch-controlled plug-in running inside a host DAW, Adventurous users can even use their Mac or PC as a slave to their iOS device. The iConnectMIDI2+ offers seamless integration in all directions.

In addition to its expanded connectivity iConnectMIDI2+ includes iConnectivity’s iConfig MIDI manager software for iOS, MAC and PC allowing the user complete control over how MIDI is routed, remapped and filtered to and from all devices connected to it.

iConnectMIDI2+ features

  • Multi-Host Capability – Connect 2 Computing Devices Simultaneously.
  • Audio passThru™ Between Connected Computing Devices.
  • Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices.
  • 2 In & 2 Out Pairs of MIDI DIN Connectivity.
  • Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage – For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control.
  • USB MIDI Class Compliant.
  • USB Bus Powered.
  • Supports 10 Ports of 16 Channels of MIDI I/O Per Port.
  • Plug and Play – No Drivers Needed.

The features of iConnectMIDI2+ are patent pending.

iConnectMIDI2+ is now available to purchase for MSRP $99.99 USD, with an estimated street price of $89.99 USD.

More information: iConnectivity / iConnectMIDI2+