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Alto Professional launches Black Series wireless mobile speakers

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Alto Professional has announced the availability of its Black Series line of top-level loudspeakers and subwoofers with wireless capability and inbuilt power.

Alto Professional Black Series

Alto Professional’s all-new active Black Series collectively comprises three two-way loudspeaker models — namely, the Black 10, Black 12, and Black 15 (which, as implied by name, feature 10-, 12-, and 15-inch low-frequency drivers, respectively, alongside a 1.75-inch high-frequency driver, and are optimised with a 90° x 60° coverage field and an extensively tested high-frequency waveguide) — and two subwoofers — namely, the appropriately-named Black 15 Sub and Black 18 Sub (with 15-, and 18-inch low-frequency, long-excursion drivers, respectively).

All are designed and tuned to exacting standards in the USA with premium, purpose-matched components, and come complete with wireless technology. To be sure, all are remote-controllable via the Live Drive speaker app for iPhone and iPad, available for free from the App Store in December — level-match, adjust EQ, time-align, and more from anywhere in a room to nimbly adapt the speakers to suit new venues or performances! Pronounces Alto Professional Director of Engineering Bernard Werner: “Wireless control is incredibly useful, especially when the speakers are suspended or hard to get to. The Live Drive functionality lets you leave the normal mix position to tweak and fine-tune speaker settings via DSP so your system sounds perfect.”

Perfecting that system sound is helpfully boosted by the impressive inbuilt 2,400W peak (1,200W continuous) Class D power provided by each member of the Black Series family. For Jay Schlabs, Executive Director of Sales at Alto Professional, it’s a no- brainer. “We’ll put the Black Series up against any other speaker — and we have,” he touts. “The results in our live shootouts, every time, are unanimous. These speakers perform at an unrivalled level. People are blown away.”

The Black Series speakers are now available from Alto Professional dealers, priced at MSRP (including 20% VAT):

  • Black 10 – 799.99 EUR/£669.99 GBP
  • Black 12 – 899.99 EUR/£749.99 GBP
  • Black 15 – 999.99 EUR/£849.99 GBP
  • Black 15 Sub – 1,099.99 EUR/£919.99 GBP
  • Black 18 Sub – 1,299.99 EUR/£1,089.99 GBP

More information: Alto Professional / Black Series

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Serato introduces Remote Mini app for iPhone

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Serato has announce the release of Serato Remote Mini, its first official App for iPhone and iPod touch.

Serato Remote Mini

The Serato Remote Mini is a special version of the Serato Remote, designed specifically for use with your iPhone or iPod touch. Designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live or Serato DJ setup, we took the best parts from the Serato Remote and stripped it back for better usability with the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Now you can have the Serato Remote with you at all times, ready to whip out for a little extra control at your next party.

Serato Remote Mini will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live and Serato DJ hardware. Load tracks, instant double, set and trigger Cue Points, Loops and Samples and manipulate FX. Connect over USB for ultra low latency or wirelessly, freeing you to move around the stage.

We’ve designed the app with real world performance in mind. Similar to the Serato Remote for iPad®, the Serato Remote Mini has library control, plus three performance tabs: PADS, SP6 & FX, all have been meticulously designed for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Serato Remote Mini for iPhone and iPod touch is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Serato / Serato Remote Mini

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Percussa intros wireless AudioCubes in 3-part video series

Percussa has introduced three videos on its updated wireless AudioCubes, the light-emitting “tangible user interface”, used by artists around the world for sound design, composition, live performance, music education, interactive installations, music therapy, and many other projects.


Video 2: Demo with wireless AudioCubes

In a series of 3 videos, Bert Schiettecatte, designer of the AudioCubes, explains and shows how the wireless AudioCubes are different from the first generation AudioCubes. Watch this video as well as the 2 other videos.

The first video in the series explains why wireless AudioCubes are different from old AudioCubes, the third video is on how wireless AudioCubes are built.

More information: Percussa

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Source Audio intros Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller

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Source Audio has released the Hot Hand, a USB wireless MIDI controller.

Source Audio Hot Hand

The Hot Hand USB delivers an entirely new method of dynamic control to DAW (digital audio workstation) or live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Reason, Serato DJ, and Logic/MainStage. Hot Hand bypasses traditional knobs and faders, allowing users to manipulate software parameters with wireless motion-control. It also integrates perfectly with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments’ Base, or Native Instruments’ S2/S4.

Hot Hand USB consists of a wireless motion sensing ring and USB stick receiver. The lightweight ring contains a 3-axis accelerometer that detects hand movement and translates it to MIDI control messages. Both quick motions and gradual tilting create control signals that can be applied to any parameter to create effects like organic bass wobbles, filter sweeps, delay times, modulation, and beat repeats. The receiver plugs directly into any Mac or Windows PC, installs without drivers, and appears as a MIDI device. With the Hot Hand USB Editor (downloadable software, available at sourceaudio.net), users can assign the X, Y, or Z axes to control multiple parameters as well as adjust the range and sensitivity of the incoming MIDI signal. Users can operate up to four rings simultaneously and maintain wireless connections for up to 100 feet (30.5 meters).

Hot Hand USB has already received high praise from notables in the electronic music scene. David Mash, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee College of Music raves, “Source Audio’s Hot Hand USB is a truly innovative wireless MIDI controller that allows me to easily manipulate and control many sonic parameters at once, through either subtle or obvious gestures. It is easy to set up, edit and configure, and allows me to use simple, natural movements to create musical nuance in my performances.” Vladimir Coman-Popescu (editor of Controllerism.com) said, “Hot Hand is insanely fun and versatile, and is now permanently part of my regular live setup. Finally, I can fist pump during my sets and have it actually do something to the sound!”

Hot Hand features

  • Wireless 3 axis motion sensor ring & USB receiver.
  • Driverless USB MIDI operation for Windows/Mac.
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for 6 hour usage time.
  • Capable of transmitting over 100 feet.
  • Works with any MIDI compatible audio software (Ableton, Reason, Logic, Traktor, etc).

The Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller is available to purchase for $119 USD.

More information: Source Audio / Hot Hand

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IK Multimedia releases iRig BlueBoard wireless MIDI pedalboard

IK Multimedia has announced the release of iRig BlueBoard, a Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iOS and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages, allowing a user to control the functions of their favorite music-making apps. Any MIDI compatible app – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, iGrand Piano — or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be controlled wirelessly.

This opens up a whole new world of live performance possibilities. The user can switch between presets, change patches, and turn effects on and off from up to 10 meters away. The user can even connect pedals (not included) for further control of continuously variable parameters such as volume and wah, without being tied by cables to a mobile device.

iRig BlueBoard is small enough to fit into a laptop bag and works with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supporting Bluetooth 4.0. It also works with any Mac that supports Bluetooth 4.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy. The iRig BlueBoard app runs in the background on a mobile device or Mac, translating Bluetooth signals into MIDI signals.

iRig BlueBoard features

  • Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
  • 4 backlit assignable foot switches.
  • 2 1/4″ inputs for assignable expression pedals or switches.
  • Can send Bank Change, MIDI Program Changes and MIDI Control Changes.
  • BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
  • Runs on standard AAA batteries.
  • Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.

The iRig BlueBoard is now available to purchase for $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig BlueBoard

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PreSonus announces StudioLive AI-Series Digital Mixers with Active Integration

PreSonus has announced its new series of StudioLive AI hardware/software digital mixing and recording systems, each with Active Integration technology.

StudioLive AI-series mixers retain the same surface-driven functionality that made StudioLive mixers famous, while adding even more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology. Like the original StudioLive series, they’re incredibly intuitive and easy to learn and use.

PreSonus StudioLive AI 32.4.2 mk2

The series consists of three models: the 32-channel StudioLive 32.4.2AI, with 24 dedicated mix buses; 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2AI, with 20 dedicated mix buses; and 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2AI, with 16 dedicated mix buses.

Unrivaled sound quality is provided by premium Burr-Brown A/D/A converters and new DSP architecture based on the acclaimed 64-bit Studio One® audio engine. Robust DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, fast and intuitive workflow, an onboard FireWire s800 interface, and a tightly integrated software suite for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS® create a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.

Redesigned from the ground up, these state-of-the-art mixers provide analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus and actively integrated software that solves real-world problems and lets you record and distribute what you mix. All signal processing-Fat Channel processing, reverb and delay effects, graphic EQs, the works – is available on all channels and buses at all times. Configurable networking and communications option cards ensure your investment won’t be outdated as new technologies emerge.

Active Integration is the difference

PreSonus Active Integration (AI) is a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system communicates to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.

PreSonus StudioLive AI

In StudioLive AI-series digital mixers, Active Integration technology provides wireless or wired (Ethernet) remote control over nearly every feature, thanks to tight integration with the newly redesigned PreSonus StudioLive AI Software Library for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, which is included free with StudioLive AI-series mixers. The new mixers sport a FireWire s800 interface and an Ethernet control port on an upgradeable card that can be swapped for optional Dante, AVB, or Thunderbolt.

Thanks to Active Integration, StudioLive AI-series digital mixers deliver an extended feature set, including twice as many internal effects buses as first-generation StudioLive mixers (two reverbs and two delays on dedicated buses), the ability to create two complete sets of parametric EQ and dynamics-processor settings for each channel and bus and make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button, and more.

Seamlessly integrated software

The StudioLive AI Software Library has been redesigned for the Active Integration platform and includes the latest versions of PreSonus’ tightly integrated software bundle for Mac and Windows: Capture™ 2.1 multitrack-recording software, Studio One Artist® 2.6 DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™.

In addition, StudioLive Remote-AI control software for iPad® and QMix™-AI aux-mix control for iPhone®/iPod® touch will be available free from the Apple App Store.

All of these applications are designed to communicate with each other and with the mixer. For example, channel names entered in SL Remote-AI are broadcast throughout the network (including Capture), so you only have to name a channel once-and you can name it from anywhere, including the StudioLive AI mixer.

Here’s a level of integration you won’t get anywhere else: When you record with Capture 2.1, you have the option of saving the StudioLive AI mixer scene along with the Capture Session. Studio One 2.6 can open Capture Sessions natively, and when you open a Capture Session that includes a StudioLive AI mixer scene, the Studio One mixer is set to match your StudioLive AI mix scene, including fader values, mutes, pan, and FX send mixes. Fat Channel settings are loaded into Studio One’s new Fat Channel Native Effects™ plug-in. Now you can listen to your mix on your laptop, just as it sounded during the gig, even if the StudioLive AI mixer is packed and on its way to the next gig.

Last and far from least, PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One® DAW has been updated to version 2.6. In addition to the aforementioned ability to import StudioLive AI scenes from Capture 2.1 and apply the scene to its own mixer and new Fat Channel plug-in that can share presets with VSL-AI, version 2.6 adds Nimbit® and SoundCloud™ dashboards to the Start page, extended hardware-controller support, major metronome enhancements, and much more.

StudioLive AI digital mixers are expected to be available at PreSonus dealers in the third and fourth quarters of 2013, with the StudioLive 32.4.2AI coming first, followed quickly by the other two models. MAP/street price is expected to be $3,999.95 USD for the StudioLive 32.4.2AI, $2,999.95 USD for the 24.4.2AI, and $1,999.95 USD for the 16.4.2AI.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI

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Crossfire Designs updates MidiPads for iPhone to v1.7

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Crossfire Designs MidiPads for iPhone

Crossfire Designs has released version 1.7 of MidiPads for iPhone.

Welcome to MidiPads, the professional and fully configurable drum pad and Midi controller for Network MIDI, virtual MIDI and hardware MIDI interfaces.

With Network MIDI, you can take your iPad on stage and trigger your sounds wirelessly!

Changes in MidiPads for iPhone v1.7

  • Finger velocity mode more accurate.
  • Large faders for more accurate working on the iPhone.
  • Bidirectional and inverted fader axis support.
  • Share presets with friends by sending them via mail.
  • See MIDI send values when moving a fader or a touch pad.
  • New elements automatically get free sender key or cc.

MidiPads for iPhone is available to purchase for $3.99 USD / 3.59 EUR. A free Lite version is available to download (also updated).

More information: MidiPads

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