/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Avantone Pro has announced availability of their new “Planar the II” headphones, reference-grade open-back headphones with Planar Drivers designed for both studio use and critical listening in audiophile home environments. Planar drivers offer an incredible set of advantages over traditional moving coil drivers. Amazing accuracy, high-end detail, clarity, natural bass, and response time.
Category: Gear and Equipment
Music and recording industry gear, equipment, tools, and software.
/MUSEWIRE/ — The folks at MP MIDI have announced that their latest iteration of the innovative MP MIDI Controller, version 2A, previewed at Superbooth23 Berlin, is now shipping. The 2A version adds glass flat top minimal design, increased viewing angle, encoders through glass, optional rack mount kit and additional power port.
NASHVILLE /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Court puts Gibson in a position to own their legacy innovations and be future focused: On July 28, 2022, the court issued an injunction permanently enjoining Armadillo (known as Dean Guitars) from the manufacture, advertisement, and/or sale of its guitars that infringe on Gibson’s ES, SG, Flying V, and Explorer trademarks, and the Hummingbird wordmark.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Moog Music has announced Mavis: a powerful, low-cost ($349 USD), build-it-yourself semi-modular analog synthesizer that invites creatives to begin their journey into the Moog ecosystem or expand their existing synth setup. With the legendary Moog sound and quality, Mavis delivers serious value in the form of an affordable, compact musical machine. Now shipping worldwide.
SWEDEN /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — This week (June 9), IKEA revealed new products including desk and record player from the upcoming OBEGRÄNSAD collection in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia. Together, they explore music and creativity at home to make everyday life easier for those who produce, perform, play or love music.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — ‘Future Coast’ modular synth-maker Qu-Bit Electronix has announced AURORA — a powerful spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to alien textures, according to the company.
1010music Announce nanobox desktop synthesis modules, including lemondrop Polyphonic Granular Mini Synth
LOS ANGELES /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — California-based 1010music has announced two new desktop mini synthesizers, including their new lemondrop, a Polyphonic Granular Mini Synth in shocking yellow livery, and the nanobox fireball Polyphonic Wavetable Mini Synth in a fiery red case. These polyphonic mini synthesizers offer intuitive touchscreen control, 4 voice polyphony and built in effects (FX).
/MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire / — Behringer’s new BRAINS eurorack module, a high-resolution multi-engine oscillator module for Eurorack with 20 synthesis engines, 96 kHz sound quality and OLED oscilloscope is now shipping. The Behringer BRAINS is an amazingly versatile digital sound source for creating percussion sounds, leads and basses, as well as drones and soundscapes.
Erica Synths announces series of educational DIY kits to teach people to design analog synthesizer circuits from scratch
Latvia /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Erica Synths and Moritz Klein have developed a series of educational DIY kits under the brand name “mki x es.EDU” with one specific goal in mind: to teach people with little-to-no prior experience how to design analog synthesizer circuits from scratch.
BOB MOOG FOUNDATION launches Exploring the Moog Liberation virtual event examining legendary keytar synthesizer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. /Music Industry Newswire/ — The Bob Moog foundation has announced its “Exploring the Moog Liberation” virtual event for Dec. 11, 2021, delving into the now-legendary keytar synthesizer originally released by Moog Music, Inc. in 1980. Former Moog Music Engineer, August Worley will examine the historical, technical, and musical aspects of this lesser-known instrument.
Ashun Sound Machines announces flagship synthesizer keyboard, the HYDRASYNTH DELUXE with Polyphonic Aftertouch
LOS ANGELES and HONG KONG /Music Industry Newswire/ — Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) has announced their latest flagship synthesizer keyboard, the HYDRASYNTH DELUXE, offering a dual sound engine setup and the largest ASM PolyTouch polyphonic aftertouch keybed to date. The user interface is designed with the utmost attention to detail and offers a rapid workflow.
SOMA laboratory recently released an innovative electronic music synthesizer instrument, ENNER, using the human body as ‘patch cables’
/Music Industry Newswire/ — In July 2021, SOMA laboratory released the unique instrument — ENNER. Controlled by ‘human patch cables,’ ENNER = combination of words Inner + Energy. The main concept was to create an instrument that’s closely connected to the performer’s emotional state, our inner energy. This idea belongs to the founder of SOMA Vlad Kreimer and Dalin Waldo, the designer of the instrument.
Music Education Nonprofit, The Bob Moog Foundation, announces 15th Anniversary Charity Raffle for Signed Minimoog Synthesizer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. /Music Industry Newswire/ — Music Education Nonprofit, The Bob Moog Foundation, has announced its 15th Anniversary Charity Raffle for 2021 featuring a vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer, serial number 6572, signed by the late Bob Moog himself.
VANCOUVER, Canada /Music Industry Newswire/ — Boutique pedal company McGregor Pedals has launched its third pedal: The Cozmic Fuzzball. It follows on the heels of the McGregor’s previous pedals, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive, a single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal for guitar and bass, released in December 2019 and the Crunch Plus Overdrive, a medium-gain version for guitar and bass released in December 2020.
CHICAGO, Ill. /Music Industry Newswire/ — Boutique audio company Black Lion Audio has announced its new PG-P Portable Power Conditioner — a studio-class power conditioner complete with proprietary PG-P PORTABLE FILTERING TECHNOLOGY to provide the same noise filtering found in the majority of rack-mount power conditioners, despite looking like a run-of-the-mill surge protector.
John Bowen SOLARIS Synthesizer Keyboard OS 2.0 released with 4-part Multimode and Phase Distortion Oscillator
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — John Bowen Synth Design announced on Christmas Day a notable update to their class-leading virtual analog keyboard, the SOLARIS. New v2.0 Multimode OS for the Solaris features 4-part Multimode and a new Phase Mod/Phase Distortion Oscillator Type.
Polyend pushes Tracker standalone workstation further with MIDI channel aftertouch and polyphonic aftertouch
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Polyend announced today that the company is proud to push the Tracker standalone workstation further forward with a welcomed functionality-boosting firmware update taking it up to v1.3.0 — also adding the timely introduction of onboard games into an otherwise musical mix, allowing users to take a breather from music-making and refill their creative juices, just in time for Christmas.
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Heritage Audio has announced the BritStrip — “beautifully representing the culmination of 50 years of analogue design in a single-space 19-inch rack device that nails the sound of yesteryear’s iconic recordings for present-day demanding engineers.” It is a British-spec discrete Class-A console channel strip with the same diode bridge compressor found in the European pro audio manufacturer’s multi-award-nominated Successor stereo bus compressor.
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Boutique pedal company McGregor Pedals has launched its second pedal: The Crunch Plus overdrive. It follows on the heels of the McGregor’s debut pedal, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive, a single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal for guitar and bass, released a year ago in December 2019.
Spitfire Audio partners with Abbey Road Studios, showcasing film scoring sound of Studio One on namesake library
/MUSEWIRE – MUSIC NEWS/ — Spitfire Audio today announced a partnership with world-famous Abbey Road Studios, showcasing the foundational film scoring sound of Studio One on ABBEY ROAD ONE: ORCHESTRAL FOUNDATIONS — carefully capturing a full, symphony-sized (90-plus-piece) orchestra inside the world’s largest purpose-built recording studio.
/MUSEWIRE – MUSIC NEWS/ — UVI releases World Suite 2, a significant update to their world music instrument collection, delivering 369 instruments, 10,000+ loops and phrases, vocals, and more, from every corner of the globe. Version 2 adds 48 new instruments, new Georgian vocals phrases (including male and female voices), and a brand new and exclusive Oriental String Ensemble.
Butch Vig Drums, with sounds produced by the rock legend, is the first in a run of collaborations with major artists for Native’s Play Series instruments
/MUSEWIRE – MUSIC NEWS/ — Native Instruments today released Butch Vig Drums – a collaboration with renowned drummer and producer Butch Vig, best known as co-founding member of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of the seminal albums including Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream,” and Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown.”
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — McGregor Pedals Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of their flagship product, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive Pedal for bass and guitar. Designer Garth Heslop went back to the drawing board to develop this single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal.
NEWS: The new for 2019 Stylophone GEN R-8 is a dual VCO British made boutique synthesizer with a fully analog signal path and a touch keyboard that you can play with your finger. The GEN R-8 also works as a MIDI controller keyboard (with Local ON/OFF) where the CV/Gate outputs on the sequencer doubles as keyboard CV/Gate when the sequencer is not running.
NEWS: New Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine effects pedal features magnetic drum, tape, and (reel-to-reel) studio echo as a stereo multi-head delay that also offers a looper and vintage reverb. Situated at the center of Volante’s control surface are four delay playback heads with individual playback and feedback controls — each head’s playback level can be set for full volume, half volume, or off, and each head can be switched in or out of the feedback circuit.
SYNTH NEWS: The all-new Haken Audio ContinuuMini electronic music instrument, first previewed at the 2018 ContinuuCon event, launched this week on Kickstarter, and was fully funded its first day. The ContinuuMini has been designed to be a portable and more affordable version of Haken Audio’s larger Continuum Fingerboards.
SYNTH NEWS: While you might have heard rumors about a new polyphonic Moog Synthesizer at recent synth shows, it turns out that the rumors were true. It’s here, it’s real. It’s the brand spankin’ new MOOG ONE from the wizards at Moog Music. Briefly, it’s a 61-key, 16-voice Programmable, Tri-timbral Analog Synthesizer with 3 Voltage-Controlled Oscillators, 2 Independent Analog Filters, 4 LFOs, 3 Envelope Generators, Arpeggiator, Sequencer, Eventide Reverb Suite, and CV I/O. (UPDATED)
NEWS: Universal Audio has announced their new Apollo X models, now with hexacore processors as standard. The Apollo X is UA’s new flagship Thunderbolt 3 audio interfaces, “featuring elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, new HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Unison mic preamps, +24dBu operation, Surround Sound,* and more. All in a sleek, expandable Thunderbolt 3 package for Mac and PC.”
NEWS: ARTURIA have announced their latest analog drum machine, the newest member of the “Brute” analog hardware family, DrumBrute Impact. In the sound department, DrumBrute Impact features 10 fantastic sounds accessible through 8 responsive performance pads.
NEWS: RØDE Microphones has announced that two of its team members recently received U.S. patents through their ingenious work at RØDE. Technical Engineering Manager Luke Hamilton was awarded the patent for the gamechanging Hamilton Condenser Microphone Backplate and Lead Industrial Designer Samuel Trewartha for the innovative housing on the award-winning Stereo VideoMic X.
The innovative ElectroSpit Mobile Talkbox ESX-1 has been fully funded on Kickstarter. It’s a “tubeless talkbox reimagined for the future” for musicians which allows you to do classic formant talkbox effects without a portable amp and plastic tube, as made famous on songs like Frampton’s “‘Do You Feel Like We Do” (among many others!).
SYNTH NEWS: Haken Audio has announced an addition to their multi-dimensional music instrument line-up, the ContinuumMini. A smaller version of the Continuum Fingerboard instrument was revealed at ContinuuCon 2018 in Paris. This version is far more affordable, and still has EagenMatrix virtual instrument on board. A Kickstarter will launch July/Aug. 2018.
NAMM 2018: Native Instruments today announced availability of the first NKS-ready effects at the annual NAMM trade show in Anaheim, Calif.. As of Q2 2018, key effects manufacturers, including Waves, Softube, Eventide, and Sugar Bytes will adopt the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format, with dozens more planned for 2018.
NAMM 2018: High-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce its EDGE Strip — a breakthrough bundle comprising its DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp and already-available, trailblazing EDGE modelling microphone.
PLUGIN NEWS: Brainworx is celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017, and is offering fans and new users a promotion during August in celebration. The technical achievements of the last 10 years alone are noteworthy enough, but Brainworx’s success is also deep-rooted in company CEO Dirk Ulrich’s extensive experience as a producer and audio engineer, work which continues to this day.
SYNTH NEWS: Haken Audio has announced Continuum Fingerboard Version 8.50 is now available. The new software/firmware update for the Haken Continuum instrument adds many new System Presets and new EaganMatrix capabilities. The brilliant new External Note Mode offers a new way to combine keyboard playing with Continuum, where each formula can be customized for the limited accuracy of keyboard aftertouch and pitch.
Native Instruments’ New ‘THRILL’ Bites with Thrills and Chills in a Virtual Instrument Sound Design Tool
Native Instruments has unveiled THRILL, a new virtual sound design softare instrument that enables the introduction of “terrifying live scores to movies, games, sound installations, or theater productions.” THRILL was cooked up in the lab in collaboration with sound master Uli Baronowsky of Galaxy Instruments.
ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete: Virtual Instrument with Ethnic Instruments and Voices from all over the World
New for 2017, Best Service has rolled out ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete, a library that has continuously grown and been improved over a period of 16 years. In this sixth edition, 80 new instruments and voices with a volume of 13 gigabytes have been added to the library. ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete now consists of 320 instruments and voices being summarized in approx. 800 patches.
New for 2017, Spirfire Audio have announced their latest “symphonic masterpiece,” with “Symphony Orchestra.” The company describes this new collection as “A definitive mega-anthology of tools to create blockbuster symphonic works for TV, film, games and radio in a single and encyclopaedic core-level professional product.”
XILS-Lab this past week announced their latest virtual synth instrument, the PolyKB III which they describe as “The Synthesizer as it should have been, when invented 40 years ago.” The PolyKB III captures the sound and spirit of the legendary RSF PolyKobol 2 polyphonic synthesizer, including its most revolutionary feature : Morphing analog Oscillators.
For fans of expressive performance-focused MIDI instruments, the unique ContinuuCon event Returns to Asheville North Carolina for 2017 to showcasing the latest in Multi-dimensional electronic instruments, workshops, and live performances. The ideal event for those wanting to learn more about both the groundbreaking Haken Continuum instrument, as well as other next-gen music gear in a warm, informal setting. ContinuuCon 2017 will take place June 8-10 – UNCA – Asheville, N.C.
MUSIC GEAR: Most modern musicians know that sometimes waiting for new gear can be tough when the magazines and videos demo a neato new software app, sample library or piece of hardware. This can lead to so-called “gas” (gear acquisition syndrome). Savvy folk know there are certain times of the year when deals are to be had. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and often around NAMM and other music shows, or right before a new version is released. (UPDATED)
MAKING MUSIC: MIDI solutions specialist Kenton is proud to be celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2016; around 11,000 days since founder John K. Price began by building a cost-effective and well-specified Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) for his beloved 1979-vintage Oberheim OB-X.
UVI announces FALCON, a virtual instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques
NEWS: As a likely response to the popular Omnisphere 2, UVI have announced their own hybrid synthesis+samples instrument, Falcon, which they describe as a “fully-featured hybrid instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques, over 80 effects, extensive modulation control and more.”
NEWS: Native Instruments today released a number of new advancements to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family, while also announcing a special offer for folks to purchase competitor Arturia’s virtual synth lineup at a special price, marking Arturia’s updates for compatibility with the NKS protocol.
NEWS: RØDE Microphones acquires Aphex. It was a surprise today to see two of my favorite brands come together. Australian pro-audio company RODE Microphones today announced its acquisition of legendary audio technology manufacturer, U.S.-based Aphex.
Golden Kingdom Expansion for N.I. MASCHINE touts EDM sound styles for ultra-commercial modern hip hop
NEWS: According to an announcement this week from Native Instruments, their latest expansion pack for its MASCHINE, GOLDEN KINGDOM, delivers “a wealth of sound for contemporary mainstream hip hop.”
Venerable Akai MPC supply company MPCstuff have announced some new replacement parts for select MPC models to whiten and brighten your drum machine. The “white out” look for music instruments is super popular, and many music instrument companies have often created special editions. The Virus Ti “Polar,” the anniversary edition of the Yamaha Motif, special […]
NEWS: Native Instruments today introduced NEON DRIVE – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing a “collection of tailored 80s-inspired sounds for producers working in contemporary pop, electronic, and R&B styles,” according to the company.
NEWS: Arturia today announced availability of its new KeyLab 88 — its top-of-the-range, professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more besides — as of February 24, 2015.