Monday, August 21, 2017

Gear and Equipment

Gear and Equipment
Music and recording industry gear, equipment, tools, and software.
XILS-Lab announces the PolyKB III

XILS-Lab announces PolyKB III the virtual keyboard synth as it should have been 40 years ago

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.
ContinuuCon Returns to N.C. for 2017

ContinuuCon Returns to N.C. for 2017 Showcasing Latest Multi-dimensional Music and MIDI Tech

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.

Virtual Music Instruments Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 Deals Roundup

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)

MIDI Solutions Specialist KENTON Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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."

Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 with NKS integration and Arturia Promotion

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.
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RODE Microphones acquires Aphex, famous maker of Aural Exciter

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."

MPCstuff announces white-out kits to make your Akai MPC into a Casper-friendly beat box

Venerable Akai MPC supply company MPCstuff have announced some new replacement parts for select MPC models to whiten and brighten your drum machine. The...

NEON DRIVE Expansion for MASCHINE with 80s-inspired sounds announced by Native Instruments

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.

Arturia’s KeyLab 88, its new 88 key flagship virtual instrument keyboard controller now shipping

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.

At NAMM 2015, Music Computing updates world’s most powerful keyboard production station, offers touchscreens with MacOS X multi-touch

Music Computing today announced updates for its "world's most powerful keyboard production station" and now offers touchscreens with MacOS X multi-touch gestures. Expanding on...

ATC launches SCM45A Pro high-performance three-way compact active loudspeaker system

At NAMM 2015 in Anaheim: U.K.-based specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) today announced the...
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Korg USA to Distribute Dean Markley Products

Korg USA today announced they will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Dean Markley’s exceptional line of guitar strings, pickups, picks and polishing accessories....

At 15th Anniversary Keynote, Arturia President Frédéric Brun announces company will roll out new line of innovative audio interfaces in 2015

According to a news announcement today, Arturia President Frédéric Brun bowled over an audience of invited industry insiders and VIP guests when making the...
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Vox Introduces MINI5 Rhythm a new portable modeling amp with built-in rhythm patterns

Vox, whose AC30 amp was instrumental in the British invasion, introduces the MINI5 Rhythm, a new portable modeling amp with built-in rhythm patterns. Now...

KORG updates its big workstation, the New KRONOS

KORG USA introduces the new KRONOS, the most powerful version of its flagship keyboard Music Workstation to date; it was announced by James Sajeva,...
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KORG Introduces volca sample; Addition to popular volca Series Features

KORG USA Introduces the volca sample, the next entry in the company’s acclaimed series of volca products. “volca sample starts with the fun and...
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KORG announces LP-380 digital piano now available in a 73 key model

KORG's popular LP-380 digital piano with its refined sound and weighted keys, is now joined by a 73 key model, it was announced today....
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KORG Introduces Module for iPad and iOS8; New High Quality Mobile Sound Module

KORG USA, a leading global manufacturer of electronic musical equipment and accessories and a forerunner in mobile musical apps, announces the Module for iPad,...

Arturia appoints Ralph Goldheim as President, U.S. Operations in California

Music software and hardware company Arturia today announced the appointment of former Focusrite-Novation Director, U.S. Sales Ralph Goldheim to the newly-created position of President,...

Streichfett String Synthesizer now shipping from Waldorf

Waldorf's new small footprint string synthesizer, which was previewed at the Musicmesse 2014 in Germany, is now available and shipping to music instrument retailers....

elysia expands 500 Series with xfilter 500 true stereo EQ

MuseWire: High-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is proud to announce availability of the xfilter 500, a true stereo EQ in 500 series format. The...
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Focusrite Introduces Scarlett 18i8 and 6i6 USB 2.0 audio interfaces

MuseWire: Focusrite is pleased to announce the introduction of two new members of its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces: the Scarlett 18i8...
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News: TC Electronic announces free Gary Lucas TonePrints

Risskov, Denmark (MuseWire) - The spotlight moves on to the next guitarist in the runaway success TonePrint series – and lands on Gary Lucas....

Audinate and Innovative Electronic Designs Announce Licensing Agreement for Dante digital-media networking technology

PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) - Audinate is pleased to announce that Innovative Electronic Designs, LLC has licensed Audinate's Dante digital-media networking technology and will incorporate...

Haken Audio announce new firmware version for the Continuum Fingerboard instrument, version 5.50

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (MuseWire) -- Today, Haken Audio announced a new firmware version for the Continuum Fingerboard, version 5.50. Among the updates, the number of "carefully crafted internal preset sounds" for the EagenMatrix has been increased by 16. Included in these new sounds are designs using the new timbre elements available in the GrainSilo.

Audinate Updates Dante Virtual Soundcard with WDM to support latest Windows Applications

PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) - Today, Audinate shared the news that they have updated their Dante Virtual Soundcard software for Windows, with version 3.2.0. According...

Akai Pro announces new Version 1.3 MPC Software for Renaissance, Studio and Fly

MuseWire NEWS: Today, Akai Pro has announced updated MPC Software with a "completely redesigned plugin architecture," now with support for multi-timbral VST and AU...

Audinate offers reduced pricing for Dante Virtual Soundcard software, enabling audio over IP

PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) - Today, Audinate, the creators of Dante™ media networking solutions, have announced a special promotion for their popular Dante Virtual Soundcard...

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