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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SkoogMusic launches pre-order campaign for Skoog musical instrument

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SkoogMusic Ltd has launched a 2nd crowdfunding campaign to put the Skoog revolutionary musical instrument into production.

Skoog 2.0

After their first campaign missed it’s target of 75K the team at Skoog are using indiegogo once again to help bring their product to market. This uniquely expressive, uber-cool cube is designed for everyone to play, but unlike a traditional instrument, you don’t need to read music or memorise your scales to give this a go. All you need is a love of music.

Their first campaign included substantial tooling outlay but having secured additional funding from shareholders to support tooling costs the company is now running a modest pre-order campaign to enable supporters to get their hands on their tactile music interface for just £125 (that is a 54% saving on estimated retail).

Patent-pending technology and a range of music-making apps & software, make it an ‘out-of-the box’ joy, allowing for a huge range of abilities, creative talents, and musical preferences. It’s also wireless, iOS compatible and highly responsive, so ideal for anyone interested in being creative with sound.

The Skoog is available for pre-order until the February 6th, 2015.

More information: SkoogMusic / Skoog at Indiegogo

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MOTU intros 112D audio interface at NAMM

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MOTU has debuted the 112D, a flexible Thunderbolt-equipped digital audio interface, router, format converter and mixer.

MOTU 112D

The seventh in a series of new, high-end audio interfaces from MOTU, the 112D serves as the flagship digital interface of the new line, offering 24 channels of AES/EBU, 24 channels of ADAT optical and 64 channels of MADI (AES10) for a total of 112 simultaneous digital I/O channels, all in a single rack space. Operating on its own or as a component of a MOTU AVB network system, the 112D shares the many powerful mixing, routing, networking and wireless control features found in MOTU’s award-winning AVB interface lineup.

“When it comes to high channel-count digital connectivity, the 112D pretty much does it all,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “With MADI, multiple banks of AES/EBU and optical I/O, plus computer I/O and AVB networking, the 112D acts as a central digital hub, allowing users to unify their mixing console, audio workstation and other digital audio gear, and then link it all to an AVB audio network with sub-millisecond routing, hundreds of audio channels, standard Ethernet infrastructure and long, affordable cable runs.”

Massive digital I/O, routing, mixing, and format conversion

The 112D provides one set of BNC (coaxial) MADI connectors (in and out), which provide 64 (or 56) channels of I/O at 1x sample rates, 32 (or 28) channels at 2x rates and 16 (or 14) channels at 4x rates (up to 192 kHz). Three 8-channel banks of AES/EBU I/O on standard 25-pin D-sub connectors provide 24 channels at 1x and 2x sample rates (up to 96 kHz). Six banks of ADAT optical I/O provide 24 channels of optical I/O, either with three 8-channel banks at 1x sample rates or with six 4-channel banks of SMUX at 2x sample rates.

Users can connect all their MADI, AES/EBU and optically-equipped gear, plus their computer, mixing console, and AVB network, then route channels from anywhere to anywhere else. With a few finger taps on their iPad screen, users can convert any format to any other. AVB network cable runs can be up to 100 meters long on standard, affordable CAT-6 wiring. For any situation that involves both MADI and audio networking, the 112D serves as an economical and capable MADI-to-AVB converter with near-zero latency and flexible routing and splitting to/from the AVB network.

Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Users can mix audio from any and all sources: the local digital inputs, computer audio channels and other devices on the AVB network.

Flexible computer connectivity

Like MOTU’s popular 1248, 8M and 16A interfaces, the 112D provides 128 simultaneous channels of computer I/O over Thunderbolt. All seven interfaces in the lineup, the 112D included, offer cross-platform, class compliant, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS), or, as an alternative to USB or Thunderbolt, audio interface operation over AVB Ethernet when connected to a recent-generation Mac running Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10). One primary benefit of using MOTU devices as an AVB audio interface is that users can place their 112D or other MOTU interface up to 100 meters away from their computer using standard, affordable cabling.

The 112D will ship in Q1 of 2015, priced at $1,495 USD.

More information: MOTU / 112D

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Numark unveils NS7III, Mixtrack 3 & Mixtrack Pro 3, HF Wireless and Lightwave at NAMM

Numark has unveiled its NAMM 2015 Product lineup including the NS7III, MIXTRACK 3, MIXTRACK PRO 3, Lightwave and the all-new HF Wireless DJ Headphones.

NS7III

Introducing the all-new NS7III, the premier four-deck controller for Serato DJ. Featuring three high-resolution color screens and an interactive control surface, the NS7III empowers a kinetic connection between the crowd and the music.

Numark NS7III

NS7III features

  • Premium Serato DJ controller with three high-resolution colour screens, including the ability to display stackable waveforms.
  • Screens provide 1:1 real time feedback of Serato DJ, letting you close or move the source laptop and focus on the music.
  • Dedicated track library screen with corresponding navigation controls.
  • 4 decks of Serato DJ software control; built-in 4-channel audio mixer.
  • 2 variable-torque motorized platters with high-resolution MIDI tracking.
  • Touch-activated knobs produce groundbreaking control of filters, EQ, and more.
  • Authentic vinyl records provide the feel of a professional DJ turntable.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive Akai Professional MPC pads with backlit RGB feedback.
  • 10 pad modes for hot cues, loops, song slicing, and sample triggering.
  • Dedicated 3-way touch-activated filter knob on each channel.
  • Dedicated touch-activated control of Serato’s 12 professional iZotope® FX.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • Zone/booth outputs and balanced XLR outputs for club use.
  • Rugged, road-worthy metal construction.
  • Serato NoiseMap ready for use with extended DVS setups.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required.

NS7III will be exhibited at Winter NAMM, January 22-25 at Booth 6700 in Anaheim, CA. Numark’s new flagship controller will be available later in 2015 with an MSRP of £1199.99 GBP.

MIXTRACK 3 & MIXTRACK PRO 3

Building on the previous MIXTRACK models and retaining all the features and benefits that made them so incredibly popular, the new models share the same basic platform and boast several performance/feature characteristics that make them particularly satisfying and effective to use.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 3

Mixtrack 3 features

  • Dedicated filter knobs for each channel.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro—upgrade-ready for full Serato DJ (Pro only, Mictrack 3 includes Virtual DJ LE 8).
  • Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit.
  • Multi-function Touch strip for dynamic FX control and Strip Search.
  • 16 multi-function performance pads.
  • All-new high resolution metal jog wheels.
  • Dual 5-inch hyper-responsive metal platters.
  • Multiple FX manipulation.
  • Dedicated track browsing controls from your library.
  • Integrated class compliant audio interface with ¼’ and 1/8” headphone connections (Pro only).

MIXTRACK PRO 3 and MIXTRACK 3 will ship with an MSRP of £169.99 GBP and £149.99 GBP, respectively.

HF Wireless DJ Headphones

Numark HF Wireless DJ Headphones

Designed to free the DJ from the restrictions of a traditional fixed-length headphone cable and thus allow greater movement and flexibility while performing, the Numark HF Wireless headphones provide superb audio performance, great wireless range and an “all night long” battery that really delivers on its promise.

The key to its superior wireless streaming is its Bluetooth® 4.0 technology with NFC pairing, so signal connection is always strong and clear. The HF Wireless has a wireless range of over 30 feet for great freedom of movement while monitoring the musical delivery. In addition, the unit’s built-in rechargeable battery affords 10 hours of music playback on a single charge, so those 10:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. gigs are no problem.

Other thoughtful touches that make HF Wireless a pleasure to use are the on-ear cup for great bass response and outstanding noise isolation, a compact, collapsible design with built-in microphone and wide-range 40mm drivers that deliver detailed, articulate sound and well-defined bass—essential for perfect beatmatching. Plus, the HF Wireless headphones come with a 4 ft. cable with 1/8-inch stereo plug, so the DJ doesn’t need a second set of headphones. Wireless or wired, these are the only ones you need!

The HF Wireless headphone will retail with an MSRP of £49.99 GBP and will be exhibited at Winter NAMM, January 22-25, Booth 6700 in Anaheim, CA.

Numark Lightwave

Lightwave

Introducing the all-new Lightwave powered loudspeaker with dual LED arrays.

The Lightwave is perfect for any festive situation where both terrific sound and brilliant, exciting party lighting is desired, but where space, budget and setup complexity are all major considerations.

Lightwave features

  • Built-in dual LED arrays provide brilliant light show.
  • Five customizable lighting modes: Mood, Meter, Mix, Pulse, Party.
  • Brightness control lets you adjust or disable LEDs.
  • Custom Color Control—easily adjust the desired mix of Red, Green, and Blue lighting.
  • Adds powerful sound and visual flair to any DJ or other performance.
  • Ultra-portable form factor for clean, uncluttered setups.
  • Perfect for special events, house parties, karaoke where additional lighting would add clutter.
  • (1) XLR+¼-inch combo, Stereo RCA and ?-inch inputs for DJ mixers, microphones or instruments.
  • Dual volume controls for input level balancing.
  • XLR Link Output for use with multiple speakers or subwoofers.
  • Rubberized feet with standard 36mm pole socket for stand mounting.
  • (3) 6 ½-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeter.
  • 200 watts of peak power, 100 watts continuous of Class D amplification.
  • Durable speaker cabinet resists bumps, scratches, dust, and stains.
  • Compact, lightweight cabinet is just 8.4 x 29.2 x 10.1” and 23 lbs.

Lightwave will ship with an MSRP of £219.99 GBP.

More information: Numark

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Mackie launches FreePlay Personal PA

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Mackie has announced FreePlay Personal PA, an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere.

Mackie FreePlay

Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications.

“FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers,” remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package.”

An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8 inch woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth capable device.

“The ability to incorporate a Bluetooth stream with live instruments sets FreePlay apart. Musicians are going to love being able to easily mix in backing tracks right from their mobile device,” commented Redmon. “And with hands-free music streaming, FreePlay is also an amazingly high-output music playback device perfect for parties, weddings and backyard BBQs.”

One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect™ app for iPhone and iPod touch (available soon). The FreePlay Connect app puts the user in control of everything – from simple level adjustments to control over professional performance features like a built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.

Mackie FreePlay on tripod

FreePlay’s immensely portable design is underlined by a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. Perfect for street performers or any application where wall power is either not available or difficult to get to, FreePlay sets a new standard for battery-powerable sound solutions. FreePlay also offers several optional accessories to round out its extreme versatility. A unique kickstand/ pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a durable carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.

“FreePlay is the most versatile PA we’ve ever created. You get a powerful, portable PA with wireless music streaming, amazing professional sound tools and the ability to control it all from your phone,” remarked Redmon. “Plus, with battery power, you can literally take FreePlay anywhere. We are excited to offer this level of sonic freedom.”

The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available beginning March, 2015, priced at a MSRP of $499.99 USD. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory ($24.99 U.S. MSRP), FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery ($69.99 U.S. MSRP) and FreePlay carry bag ($69.99 U.S. MSRP).

Come experience FreePlay and learn about its wide array of application solutions during 2015 Winter NAMM. Mackie is located upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B.

More information: Mackie

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