NAMM 2015 Review
The 2015 Winter NAMM great music, Analog Synths are new again and New Gear! More pictures are on our Facebook page.
Arp, Moog Modular, Oberheim and Sequential Analog Synths Return
Korg releases recreations of ARP Odyssey
The ARP Odyssey was an analog synthesizer originally produced in 1972 by the American manufacturer ARP Instruments, Inc. that quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. It continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge known as the Yamaha DX7.
KORG has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today. With the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, KORG has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. Together the engineers at KORG and Arp were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case. Of course there are some modern features added. Since there was 3 different verisions, this new Odyssey includes most of the features from all three. The connectors provided on the original ARP Odyssey differed by production date, but the new ARP Odyssey brings the specifications up to a modern standard. In addition to a MIDI IN connector and USB-MIDI port, there's a headphone jack with adjustable volume. The XLR output jacks which had been unbalanced have been changed to noise-resistant balanced outputs. There's also a carry case included plus you can choose which faceplate look you like. Rev 3 is the standard production model with Rev 1 and 2 versions available in limited edition. It will be available around February for $999.00. For more info, visit the new Arp Odyssey site.
Marion Systems AKA Oberheim Shows 2 Voice Synth and Modules
Tom Oberheim has returned to his roots bringing back his favorite synth that made live use possible. His later 4- 8 voice synths were the first to have a form of patch programing making it possible to easily change sounds live. The Two Voice Pro is a 37-key Analog Synthesizer with Two Synthesizer Expander Modules, Mini-sequencer, 50+ Patch Points, and Onboard Flash Memory. While retaining the original sounds, features, etc of it's orgiinal, there's some cool new features such as an enhanced mini-sequencer. Now you can store sequences into flash memory. Plus you can edit your sequences (up to 99) to add 2-way, 3-way or 4-way ratcheting. The gate length from zero, almost up to the complete step length can be programed now too. However Tom didn't add patch programing to it. Still you have that famous Oberheim sound! The cost for the 2 Voice is $3495.
There are three versions of the Synthesizer Expander Modules:
1) SEM-PRO. SEM with MIDI to CV Converter and integrated Patchpanel. This version combines the features of the MIDI to CV version (see below) with a 21-jack patchpanel and is personally autographed by Tom. Retail is $1199.
2) SEM with Patchpanel. All internal SEM connections are brought out to 3.5mm minijacks - all 33 of them. The basic connections are a one-volt-per-octave VCO control voltage and a standard 0 to +5 volt gate signal. On this version of the SEM, there is no MIDI input. Retail is $899.
3) SEM with MIDI to CV Converter. This version includes a high precision MIDI to CV Converter that has been specifically designed to allow MIDI to control the SEM, and has additional features that make use of the SEM's external inputs. Retail is $999
Moog is building a limited run of their Module Synthesizers
50 years ago the Moog modular synthesizer represented the top level of what large format, modular synthesizers were. Now they are bringing them back in a limited run of : The System 55, the System 35, and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973. The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 per instrument. Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years– as well as an optional 5-Octave duophonic keyboard.
Sequential is Back!
In an unprecedented gesture of good will, Yamaha Corporation and its President, Takuya Nakata, have granted possession of the Sequential brand back to its original owner and company founder, Dave Smith. “To say that I’m grateful would be putting it mildly,” said Smith. “Generosity at this level is almost unheard of in today’s corporate climate.” Instrumental in restoring the Sequential name was Roland’s Founder, Ikutaro Kakehashi, a longtime colleague and friend of Smith’s. Smith’s NAMM debut of a new analog poly synth bearing the Sequential name: the Prophet-6. “I wanted to celebrate the return of Sequential in the best way I could—by building the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible,” said Smith. “The Prophet-6 is a tribute to Sequential’s most famous instrument, the Prophet-5. I think of it as vintage with a modern twist.”The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the original Prophet-5—true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers—and adds enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. The result is pure, unadulterated analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth. The price is $2799.
Fender is rolling out two new USA-made models — the American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker and American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker — in 2015 that feature the new Tim Shaw “Shawbucker” humbucking pickups.
Shaw, a longtime Fender employee and acclaimed humbucking pickup guru, created a brand-new bridge pickup of unrivaled tone and quality. Shaw’s expertise dates far back to his work with the first and biggest names in the history of humbucking pickup design, and the result of his efforts — the “Shawbucker” humbucking pickup — is an electrifying new landmark in Fender pickup design.
Fender also released a trio of new Deluxe Active basses featuring okoume, an African hardwood with an attractive straight grain and distinctive reddish-brown hue.
The bassist who wants a distinctively stylish active instrument with pronounced low end will gravitate to these new models, which include the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass Okoume four-string, Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V and Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special Okoume. The latter features a slim Jazz Bass neck, special Jazz Bass bridge pickup in addition to the Precision Bass middle pickup, active electronics and more.
The XW-DJ1 DJ Controller is an unusual DJ device with a 7-inch platter to replicate the feel of vinyl, cue points, tempo syncing, effects and looping. The XW-DJ1 is compatible with Algoriddim’s djay2 app,and will also work in tandem with the XW-PD1 for live remixing. The XW-DJ1 DJ Controller will be priced at $299 and available now.
Introduces the KAOSS DJ, a USB and standalone DJ controller that features a built-in KAOSS PAD; Korg’s famous and unique touch pad-based effects control surface. The compact, lightweight and stylish design maintains all the functionality DJs command. Compatible with any MIDI-compatible DJ software, KAOSS DJ also integrates seamlessly with Serato DJ Intro software (free download). Despite its compact size, KAOSS DJ is loaded with powerful and familiar performance features that are all laid out to be friendly and fast, Large LED level meters placed on both sides of the body provide excellent visual feedback to the user, and cueing, hot cues, looping, A/B sync, touch platters, pitch controls, EQ, FX on/off control, powerful KAOSS effects and more position the KAOSS DJ as a professional-level USB DJ controller that’s built to perform. KAOSS DJ also includes 2 stereo inputs and a mic input which can be used with the onboard USB Audio Interface. Away from the computer, KAOSS DJ can also function as a traditional multi-channel DJ mixer.
The New Launchpad Pro gives the classic Launchpad a total overhaul. The new RGB pads light up to match the color of your clips in Ableton Live, so you can see at a glance, which clips are playing. In Note Mode, Plus they're velocity and pressure-sensitivy, Launchpad Pro automatically switches the layout for drum or instrument devices. With drums, all your sounds are available, spread across the whole 8 x 8 grid. With instruments, the grid illuminates as a chromatic keyboard, enabling you to easily play notes, melodies, and chords. It has also been specifically designed to keep you focused on your performance: easily and immediately apply effects, dip in and out of specific mixer controls at the touch of a button, and switch between four key modes.
- Session Mode: immediately trigger and combine your clips.
- Note Mode: create dynamic beats and play the grid just like an instrument.
- Device Mode: easily apply effects to your performance.
- User Mode: create unique custom performances and layouts
You can use the grid to play any of your music software and external hardware too - with Standalone Mode. It doesn't matter which software you are using: plug it straight into Logic Pro, for example, and play it like a keyboard; connect the MIDI ports to your Bass Station II and play riffs on your grid. The possibilities are endless.
They designed an all-in-one turntable and mixer rig. It comes armed with their tune storage software Rekordbox, so you can forget about the need for CDs and a laptop. It features a loop function for live remixing, a USB port for direct recording and studio quality Sound Colour and Beat FX. Plus, there's a full colour 7" LED screen. Expected to be available at $1700. It's expected to ship this February.
A DJ mixer,. Based on rotary mixers from the 70s, the likes of Dixon, Tim Sweeney, Ben UFO, Martyn and Derrick Carter all had a say on the MP2015's design and function. It might have a vintage look but that doesn't mean it's not got today's modern specs. DJs with a preference for WAV and FLAC files are catered for thanks to its High Resolution Audio (HRA) playback, while three-way swept filters, dual 24-channel USB soundcards and a three-band main mix isolator with adjustable crossover points are all integrated. At $2199, Rane's even said its the "best mixer" the company's ever made.
Two new analogue products from Akai. The first is the Tom Cat, a variation on the Rhythm Wolf drum machine which appears to be aimed more at recreating vintage percussion sounds than the Rhythm Wolf. The drum sounds on offer are kick, snare, clap and chromatically tuneable disco toms.
The introduction of an affordable polyphonic analogue synth, the Timbre Wolf. is a bit different, offering four-voice poly, unison monophonic or a mode which splits the oscillators as four separate monophonic synths, each with its own 32-step sequencer.
Akai has a new series of MIDI Controller keyboards. The Advance Controllers will be available in 25-, 49- and 61-key versions, each with an integrated 4.3-inch full-colour display for software instrument control, plus a range of physical controls including RGB-backlit MPC-style pads, and a semi-weighted, velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keybed. Akai’s Virtual Instrument Player will allow access to plugins in any of the major formats. The Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 keyboards will be priced at $399.99, $499.99 and $599.99 respectively. Shipping date is “early 2015″.
The Trackformer XW-PD1 is a groovebox based on the sound engine of the XW synth series, The XW-PD1 design includes 16 velocity-sensitive pads and 4 knobs for fast real-time music production. The outer ring containing 16 buttons, which let you see the current rhythm pattern at a glance. Users can create rhythms and phrases with the pads as well as apply DSP effects such as roll, filter, bit crusher, break, and pitch shifter. The XW-PD1 includes drum sounds for a variety of electronic styles, including Hip Hop, Trap, and House. It also features a synthesizer engine, a variety of effects and can sample sounds. The XW-PD1 Groove Center will be available from March, priced at $399.
GEM, LEM & ELKA are Coming Back
There's still more to come in the reincarnations of vintage classics. Finnish manufacturer Generalmusic has announced that it will reintroduce the GEM, LEM and ELKA brands this year.
“Generalmusic, keyboard and pro audio products manufacturer, and its legendary brands GEM, LEM and ELKA will be back 2015. It is our 125th anniversary and we will bring to market some legendary re-issue models and brand new technology. Generalmusic will offer unbelievable Italian sound together with superior technical quality – made in Finland.”
We’re most excited to see whether that means we’ll get a reissue of the mighty ELKA Synthex, an 8-voice analogue poly from the early 80s. Expect to find out at NAMM.
The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line. Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ huge color TouchView™ screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster and more naturally. An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes. Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts. The new Kronos also boasts a new look, including natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text, a vented back panel, and gold-plated audio I/O jacks
Kross Limited Edition
The Kross 88 performance keyboard is now available in a platinium finish for a limited time.
SQ-1 sequencer featuring dual CV (Hz/V and V/Oct) trigger and gate, Audio Sync (to clock volca series, electribes, or monotribe), three-pin and USB MIDI, plus much more. This will enable users to any CV-equipped analog product - to be fully integrated into a digital/analog hybrid production setup. The feature-rich sequencing of the SQ-1 sure is fun, flexible, and powerful; with options to run and/or clock multiple devices. Maybe it's time to program away from your DAW!!
SV-1 Black Reverse
Korg’s acclaimed SV-1-73 and SV-1-88 pianos are now available in sleek limited edition Black Reverse models, including a black RH3 keybed with red accidentals. The SV-1 features 30 sounds, including the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog and early digital keyboards ever available in a single instrument. Vintage FX chain and amp modeling enhance the keyboards with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able. Both the SV-1-73 and SV-1-88 have Editor/Librarian bonus software. The software includes access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1 Panel and allows customizable sounds and each of the eight favorites locations to be programmed and saved individually.
Impact LX88 is the latest addition to the Impact LX Series of MIDI keyboard controllers annouced at the NAMM Show. Building on the core ‘LX’ feature set which includes our powerful DAW integration, Impact LX88 is a keyboard controller designed with the keyboard player in mind. Offering some great new features exclusive to this flagship model, it's also highly competitive with a MAP of just $299.99
88 semi-weighted piano-style keyboard - dynamic, expressive and evenly balanced
Split and Layer - independent parameter control for each zone
Transpose buttons - enables modification of multiple controls, including Transpose (semi-tone and octave), Program, MIDI Channel and User Preset controls.
MIDI Out - connects an external MIDI device. Control it from your LX88 (or direct from DAW)
Features Nektar DAW Integration for the Impact LX series
The number of DAW's supported is continually growing, and now includes: Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio 11, GarageBand, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One, Sonar
The Nord Electro 5 has been built by upgrading every aspect possible to create one of the most well-rounded live performances keyboard currently available. A full 1GB of piano sample memory has been fitted to the Nord Electro 5, meaning you can carry even more of Nord’s famous range of sampled acoustic and electric pianos with you to gigs. Additionally, Sympathetic String Resonance technology has been included, a feature first seen on the Nord Piano. This subtle enhancement adds to the already high level of realism present on grand and upright acoustic model samples. One of the biggest improvements to the new Electro 5 model is the synth section overhaul. 256MB of dedicated synth sample memory has been made available for use with the Nord Sample library. Also improved is the organ section, now featuring a Principal Pipe Organ mode and B3 Tone Wheel Bass. The latter adds 16” and 8” bass drawbars in the left hand, which can even be used with the Piano and Sample sections to thicken up the sound. There's also the classic Tone Wheel and Rotary speaker simulations, giving you a well-rounded and fully-featured organ line-up.A small but important change, the new Nord Electro 5 features a new OLED display for improved visibility during sound selection and program editing. Every single effect on this new model is in full stereo, delay and reverb are now treated as separate effects. All of the expected effects are here, including an in-depth modulation section featuring a new vibe effect and a new tube overdrive in the amp section. The Electro5 effects section can also be controlled by a control pedal (Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulation and Wah only). Live performers can now organize groups of programs for each song in their set list, with up to 4 programs per song. This can all be done without the use of a computer or any external gear
Roland announced the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, a new compact keyboard, that packs a surprising amount of punch for size. Equipped with 37 mini keys, the JD-Xi features a true analogue synth engine along with a wide selection of Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL digital sounds. Plus these great extras for self-contained music creation, built-in drum kits (all the Roland kits you'd expect), a four-track pattern sequencer, and a gooseneck mic for using the synth’s vocoder and AutoPitch effects.
Studiologic introduced Sledge 2.0 – an updated version of its vintage-inspired digital keyboard that offers a lot more synth for less money. With Sledge 2.0, Studiologic and Waldorf Labs (working as a team) have made it more flexible as a pure synthesizer, added Dual mode for Split/Layer functions, introduced support for user samples, expanded the instrument’s polyphony from 8 notes to 24 and improved its effects engine. Plus they dropped the price to $999.
This year’s offering from the Swedish upstarts is a little more little. They're designed to fit in your pocket Priced at just $59 each, the new Pocket Operator instruments are available in three instruments: the PO-12 Rhythm (a drum synthesiser), the PO-14 Sub (a bass synth) and the PO-16 Factor (a melody synth). All feature built-in sequencers with parameter locks, effects and, of course, a built-in alarm clock.
Computer Software and Hardware News
Arturia introduced a “high-end” audio interface, the AudioFuse. Arturia have made a series of very bold claims about the performance of the product, hinting at class-leading low latency, ultra-flexible connectivity and smoother workflow than rival devices. It is more than just an interface, It includes many studio features not usually found in interfaces, Direct access to each of the analog output features: output level with vu-metering, audio mix selection, mono mode, output dimming, mute, and Speaker A/B selection. Direct access to each of the features of Phones 1&2 outputs: output level, mono mode and audio mix selection. Includes a talkback feature with a built-in microphone. If you're a DJ you'll have the built in phono inputs on each channel. Priced at $599 and available in the spring, the AudioFuse seems to offer a very impressive feature set for the price.
Arturia has a new BeatStep Pro, a larger unit than the original with two monophonic step sequencers (up to 64 steps per sequence) and a 16-track drum sequencer with one track per pad. Whether you work with MIDI, USB, CV/gate or DIN sync gear, BeatStep Pro is all about no limits and total creative control.The BeatStep Pro will be priced at $299. Ships in April.
Pro Tools First
Avid unveiled Pro Tools® | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid Everywhere™ and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First has some limits of course. It only supports 16 audtio tracks, you can only store (for free) 3 Songs (in the cloud aka Avid Everywhere), you can't import or exprt Pro Tools Sessions, no 3rd party plugis allowed but you can buy and use addition Avid AAX Plug ins, and no iLok is required but can be used to move the authorization of Pro Tools around. Avid Pro Tools | First will be available in Q1 2015 as a free download through Avid.com
Pro Tools 12
New Pro Tools 12 sets the stage for Avid Cloud Collaboration, the upcoming Avid Marketplace, and flexible options, so you can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever. Create with a low-cost subscription. Own the software or. a complete system outright. Coming soon, keep track of all contributors in a session with integrated metadata. Collaborate in the cloud, get ready to work with other artists and producers, anywhere in the world. Conveniently buy VIs, plug-ins, and more from the updated in-app Marketplace. Get your work heard Share and sell your music and audio in the Marketplace, opening soon. Stay current, stay ahead Have the latest features at your fingertips with future upgrades included.You're probably asking where's some new DAW features? So far Pro Tools 12 is more about the cloud, how to get you to stay on the current version and get you to pay more to Avid. Yes, the move to paying monthly, yearly fees for software is here...... RIght now you can buy a computer system outift it with all the software (ie Pro Tools 12, plug ins, etc) you want then not change it, update it or anything else, just use it as it is for as many years as you want. Avid seems to no longer want you to do that. On the plus side those who don't want to use Pro Tools Native but find themselves needing it for 3 months ($29.99 a month) for example don't have to pay full price for a program ($899) they only need a short while.
Avid Plug Ins
Avid also announced that 17 new plug-ins and nine new plug-in bundles are now available in the Avid Marketplace and as in-app purchases in Pro Tools. There are now over 60 Avid plug-ins and bundles available for in-app purchase for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD. The new bundles include:
- Eleven® Effects Bundle — A collection of 17 Avid AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit plug-in effects modeled after circuitry and design of many popular analog “stomp-box” guitar effects.
- Pro Series Bundle — Includes all five of the popular Avid Pro Series processors in AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit format as a single bundle at over 50% savings.
- First Distortion Bundle, First Reverb Delay Bundle, First Guitar Bass Bundle, First Modulation Bundle, First EQ Dynamics Bundle, First AIR Effects Bundle, and First AIR Instruments Bundle — Include selections from the new Eleven Effects and other Avid plug-ins, allowing Pro Tools | First users to access the professional creative tools they need to create richer sounding, more complex mixes.
Focusrite announced the Clarett Range, is a line of audio interfaces that combine a new preamp design with the latest in Thunderbolt technology, offering an unparalleled interface latency of under 1ms. Shipping later this year
Clarett Range Features:
- New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design
- Mic Pre EIN = -128dB
- World class dynamic range: 116dB A/D and 118dB D/A
- Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms
- 24-bit, 192 kHz sample rates
- Flagship Clarett 8Pre X designed for permanent professional studio install
- New 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatible Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
- Detailed metering
- All expandable over ADAT
- Includes MIDI i/o
- Mac and PC Compatible (Thunderbolt port required)
Also making their debut are the Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suites, featuring 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatibility. plugins are the first from Focusrite to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above. Red and 3 will be bundled free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, Forte and Clarett audio interfaces, but will also retail separately for $299.99.
Garritan Abbey Road Studios Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano New Pricing
Garritan announce a price reduction on their Abbey Roads Studios Yamaha CFX Grand Piano. The Garritan Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano virtual instrument library captures the awesome Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano in Abbey Road Studios' legendary Studio One. Award-winning engineers produced three discrete microphone perspectives to create a virtual piano of breathtaking power and beauty. To expand your creative possibilities, Abbey Road Studios' engineers created three discrete microphone perspectives: Classic, Contemporary, and Player. You can now save a $100! The Garritan Abbey Road Studios Yamaha CFX is $199.95!
Make Music now allows dealers to sell upgrades
112D Thunderbolt Interface
At NAMM 2015, MOTU debuted the 112D, a flexible Thunderbolt-equipped digital audio interface, router, format converter and mixer. The seventh in MOTU's new series of high-end audio interfaces, 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.
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.
Digital Performer 9 Preview
MOTU previewed DP 9 which will be shipping later this year. Some of the new features include:a new 64-bit MX4 synth, automation lanes for both MIDI and audio tracks, which can be superimposed over the track, or as separate windows below the track, QuickScribe notation will be able to export a Music XML file for use in Finale, SmartMusic, etc. new 1176 emulation FET compressor, new guitar stomp box effects including an emulation of Electro Harmonix POG.
they've added a Project Note Pad where you can enter notes about each sequence, Minor GUI tweaks and audio tracks can be displaed as spectrograms or waveforms or both at the same time.
While not shown at the NAMM Show, MOTU announced this week a new addition to their AVB lineup: the UltraLite AVB. Product info follows below. they expect to ship before the end of the month, and we are taking pre-orders. The new UltraLite AVB will not replace the existing UltraLite mk3 Hybrid; both interfaces will continue to be available.
The UltraLite AVB is an 18-input, 18-output audio interface with DSP mixing, wireless control, AVB audio networking and best-in-class analog audio quality for on-the-go mobile audio recording. Connect to a computer through AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) and record at sample rates up to 192 kHz with two mic inputs, two hi-Z guitar inputs, six line-level analog inputs, eight analog outputs, 8-channel optical I/O (with support for 2-channel TOSLink), MIDI I/O and a headphone output. 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. Matrix routing lets you quickly patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations. Use the UltraLite AVB as a stand-alone mixer and control everything wirelessly from innovative web app software running on your iPad™, iPhone™, tablet, smart phone, and laptop. Through AVB Ethernet, connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O — or connect to an expanded MOTU AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers. From studio to stage, the UltraLite AVB delivers exceptional sound quality, state-of-the-art operation and rock-solid performance. Available Now for $649.00.
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.0
At NAMM 2015, Spectrasonics have announced their upcoming Omnisphere 2.0 release after years of development. This is a major update boasting a vast array of new features:
Vast New Synthesis Possibilities:
- Audio Import – Use your own audio file as a soundsource in Omnisphere
- Over 400 New DSP Waveforms for the Synth Oscillator – an increase of 100X
- Wavetable Synthesis – Each Waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable
- Powerful New Granular Synthesis algorithm
- Deeper FM/Ring Mod capabilities for aggressive timbres
- 8 New Filter Types – New Power Filters, Vowel, Resonators
- New Unison Drift models Analog Polysynth behavior
- Expanded Modulation with new sources and many more targets
- Polyphonic LFO and Modulation Envelope options
- Soundsource Reversing
- Includes over 10,000 sounds!
Waves annouced their forthcoming VST/AU/RTAS/AAX plugin. H-Reverb features convolution-style generation for the reverb signal itself, and emulates the warmth of analogue circuitry to handle other processes. Beneath the modern reverb response display, controls include Early Reflections/Tail balance, Dry/Wet mix, Damping, Envelope and LFO, complex decay controls, separate Input and Output echo controls, reverb EQ, Dynamics and Modulation. Price and availablityhttp://www.midiguy.com/oaks/zcadmin/ezpages.php?page=1&ezID=2&action=new to be announced
Specifications (from Waves)
- Resonant filter sweeps for creating innovative reverb effects
- EQ and dynamics module for compression, ducking and de-essing
- ADA analogue modelling and drive control
- Artist presets from the industry's leading mixing engineers
- Full buildup timing and shaping
- Pre-delay BPM syncSupport for full 5.1 channel surround setups
- Quick reference button
- User-friendly GUI with collapsible version
dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter
Waves have released the dbx 160 compressor. Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx® 160 stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx® 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards. Created in collaboration with dbx®, the Waves dbx® 160 compressor / limiter plugin is an authentic-sounding software version of this storied piece of hardware. In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx® 160 plugin incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.
New Starts Up and Other Interesting Booths
The Bass Egg is a sleek, durable, and portable audio device that transforms everyday objects into speakers. Unlike a traditional speaker, the Bass Egg has no speaker cone. Instead, it transduces vibrations into everyday objects, turning your world into a speaker. The bigger the object, the bigger the sound! A wood dining table... a cooler at the beach... the hood of your car... you name it! The result? Deep, rich, full-range sound. Despite its small size (fits in the palm of your hand), the Bass Egg is capable of making almost anything a full-range speaker system. It's rechargeable Lithium Ion battery gives it 4-10+ hours (depending on playback volume. It connects with Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio jack (cord included). Bass response 50Hz to 16kHz and over 100d. You can get different colored skins for it and it sells for $99.95
Bome Software revolutionizes the power and ease of computerized music production. They focus on developing customized solutions in the field of MIDI and audio software, catering to customers like musicians, performers, and music studios. Each of their products is designed to be as powerful as it is intuitive. With programs including MIDI Translator, Mouse Keyboard, SendSX, they aim to arm you with specialized tools that will make your next project easier while freeing up your creative side. With Bome’s Midi Translator Pro, you can control your computer from MIDI devices or other devices. For example: you can control your favorite software with a MIDI control surface, use MIDI turntables with arbitrary DJ software, map MIDI messages to other MIDI messages, and much more. You don't need a special MIDI controller or be limited by the manufacturers special software. Don't want to use a computer? You can use the BomeBox (picture left) a small friendly box to connect devices via MIDI, USB, Ethernet, and WiFi, using the full mapping and processing power of Bome MIDI Translator Pro. With the Bome Box you can use your smart phone as a wireless controller to control any MIDI device or computer. The Bome Box is also HD Protocol ready. They introduced that at the NAMM Show. It's shipping in the Spring of 2015.
Bome Software is also working on a support tools for the new HD Protocol. HD Protocol is the Code Name for MMA's new voluntary industry standard. HD Protocol is the next step for to advance MIDI and networking to a new level. While HD Protocol isn't going to replace MIDI, it's designed to work with the existing MIDI spec adding new features that work along side of MIDI. Some of the features of HD Protocol are 32 bit controllers, thousands of channels, Query and Response, Device Discovery, Per Note Controllers, Timestamped Messages, Fast Ethernet transport, and Fractional Note Pitch, Bome Software's tool XMPLib offers users: Faster time to market, lower development costs, access to experts in HD Protocol design, Conformance test to improve interoperability, and robust code used by many developers. If everything goes as planned, you'll be seeing HD Protocol on mixers, keyboards, lights, effect processors and more. This will make a network of devices work together as never before.
Yes, it's the same Digital Audio Labs from the 90s. Their current line up of products are the StompBlox a modular system for organizing your stomp boxes.The PowerShape line of integrated amplifiers offers a perfect combination of performance and value. For those installations that don’t require complex systems, the integrated input, processing, mixing, and amplification that PowerShape offers is a perfect alternative.
Livemix is the personal monitoring system that is simple enough for volunteers to use, but deep enough to meet professional demands. In addition to ease of use and amazing features, Livemix sounds incredible and is an outstanding value.The easiest way to get started is with a bundle, they come with everything you need to get started with eight mixes. If you are looking for a more custom solution, there are three main components to a Livemix system. You will need at least one INPUT UNIT, one CENTRAL MIXER, and at least one PERSONAL MIXER to have a complete system.
This new company is working on a a DAW for Windows that's multi-touch. using a touch screen monitor and Windows 8 or higher. They have special parameters, algorithms and hand gestures to aid the recording experience. Their aim is to free musicians from the mouse. Their feature list is currently a bit vague but they plan on including unlimited multi tracking, bound and export at up to 192 kHz at 16 or 24 bits, a full FX suite and over 1,000 samples (Loops), They hope to have it shipping later this year. More can be found at their web site. www.lumit-audio.com
This manufacturer from Germany is passionate for sound, cult classic devices and innovative gadgets. Their team and engineers were mostly responsible for all the brand MAM (Music and More) and during the year 2009 they got together again and decided to make their own team with a brand new name. In May 2010 they formed MODE Machines. Their current product line includes: The Faircomp FC-670 is a very complex Fairchild 670 clone with 20 tubes and 8 transformers, completely made by hand in Germany. The audio path circuit is 100% accurate to the historical model. x0xb0x Mk2 = Synth + Sequencer The x0xb0x is not just another MIDI-controlled TB-303 clone. x0xb0x is a full reproduction of the original Roland synthesizer, with fully functional sequencer. The DT-200 is the programmer specially designed for the dual- DCO, 6 voice polyphonic synthesizers such as the JX-3P, MKS-30 and GR-700. The MAP-01 is a highly programmable MIDI arpeggiator, featuring 4 different arpeggio styles. REL-1 is a Recording sign and OAL1 On Air sign for those studios, broadcasters, etc that need these signs. They also have MC-1 flight case designed to fit many devices besides their products because the foam inserts inside.
vPed VST Host – Virtual Pedal Board
Modde Machines announced the vPed. The ultimate VST and VSTi Host for live or studio use.The power and versatility of VST/VSTi at your feet.With vPed you can use the countless availability of plugins available in VST and VSTi formats, taking advantage from the traditional method of using analog equipment. Just install your favorite software, plug your MIDI/USB keyboard or guitar/bass cable or microphone and you are ready to play with the greatest sounds that you have only heard in professional studio sessions. Load up to 12 plug-ins with full control over chain routing.Activate/deactivate plug-ins with a simple foot-switch press.It has 4 expression/value pedal inputs, 4 external switch inputs and 4 software switches, all of them assignable to any plugin parameter. Plus 4 USB ports available for connecting external storage devices, MIDI/USB controllers and optional Wi-Fi dongle for remote control. Your Data stored on SSD for great reliability.
OMF1 Analog Filter
Coming soon is the famous transistor ladder filter developed by Dr Bob Moog in the 1960's. OMF1 Analog Filter is single rack space module It has Fizz output: -6dB/octave filter, unique filtering effect with a real bite, Smooth output: Classic -24dB/octave filter, Adjust the output level and the phase of the ouput signal allowing for complex filter shapes when the two outputs are mixed together, including a band pass filter. Self Oscilation, possible, LFO, Side Chain input, CV/Gate inputs, link to units together to get stereo processing, dynamic envelope section with envelope follower, attack release, attack decay envelopes.
Veeo makes an iphone app so you can record with your iphone to any studio in the world. You use a headset mic and record directly to the studio. Designed for voice over artists, artists, studios and broadcasts. It allows remote recording over the internet. The app records with high resolution and in real times.