Monthly Archives: April 2004

Tascam 2488 Awarded industry honors

Tascam 2488 Awarded industry honors

TASCAM’s newest cutting-edge Portastudio—the 2488—was named “Product of the Year” by Music Trades magazine in its April 2004 issue. Debuting at this year’s Winter NAMM conference in January, the 2488 is the latest in TASCAM’s line of Portastudios, offering 24-track/24-bit digital audio at a musician-friendly price point. 2004 marks the 25th anniversary of TASCAM’s first Portastudio introduction—the 144— the world’s first portable four-track cassette recorder. The 2488 also garnered “Desktop Recording Workstation of the Year” from M.I.P.A., whose nominating and voting academy includes 58 music trade magazines from around the world.

Antares Auto Tune 4 is now available

Antares Auto Tune 4 is now available

Antares Auto-Tune 4, the next generation of the worldwide standard in professional pitch correction, is now available for Mac RTAS (OS 9 and OS X), Mac VST (OS 9 and OS X), MAS (OS 9 and OS X), PC RTAS, and DirectX. (PC VST and Audio Units versions will follow in the not-too-distant future – watch this space for news.)

Native Instruments announces: Elektrik piano is now shipping

Native Instruments announces: Elektrik piano is now shipping

We are pleased to announce that ELEKTRIK PIANO is now
available at authorized dealers worldwide and in the
NI Online Shop. With this extraordinary software
instrument you can recapture all the warmth and charm
of the four most beloved e-pianos of all time.
ELEKTRIK PIANO is a sample-based instrument that
delivers the famous sounds of the Fender Rhodes MK1
and MK1, E7 Clavinet, and Wurlitzer A 200, each
meticulously sampled for a completely unprecedented
authentic sound and unrivalled playability. An incredible
range of classic presets for all styles, from rock to
funk to house, as well as extremely intuitive operation
make ELEKTRIK PIANO the perfect choice for stage, studio,
or at home.

Acoustics Systems announces official release of Tassman 4

Acoustics Systems announces official release of Tassman 4

Tassman 4 offers musicians and sound designers an even broader range of creative possibilities
with a new synth and preset library created by top sound designers, the possibility to process live
audio inputs, sync to host capability and improved acoustic modules. Tassman 4 also includes new
functionalities for the management and design of presets such as an output effect section, new
effect modules and a performance mode.

Allen & Heath launches latest iDR software

Allen & Heath launches latest iDR software

Allen & Heath has launched the latest version of the Windows™ based iDR Software Manager that configures hardware components into an integrated audio distribution system. Version 3.4 has been developed to provide even more flexibility, enabling communication with more third party equipment, allowing holistic control across linked systems, reducing the need for wiring and increasing system capacity with more available connections.

Mackie’s dXb 400 Digital Console Worldwide Debut at NAB

April, 2004 – Las Vegas, NAB Show – At this year’s NAB show, Mackie is unveiling their latest digital recording console based on the versatile dXb platform that was unveiled at the AES show last October. The new dXb.400, which joins the dXb.200 that was introduced at the NAMM show last January, incorporates an up-market feature set designed with professional recording and post production applications in mind.

MIDI controller trackpad driver for PowerBook and iBook

MIDI controller trackpad driver for PowerBook and iBook

FingaMIDI is a replacement driver for the ADB trackpad found in the Apple G4 Ti PowerBook and probably the Snow iBook, G4 iBook and aluminium PowerBooks. It allows the inbuilt trackpad to be used as a three-axis MIDI controller, sending x, y and z (pressure) data as parameter change messages. OK, its not really pressure data but capacitance, which is proportional to the area of finger(s) or palm in contact with the pad. The trackpad button sends middle-C note on and note off messages.

MIDI controller trackpad driver for PowerBook and iBook

MIDI controller trackpad driver for PowerBook and iBook

FingaMIDI is a replacement driver for the ADB trackpad found in the Apple G4 Ti PowerBook and probably the Snow iBook, G4 iBook and aluminium PowerBooks. It allows the inbuilt trackpad to be used as a three-axis MIDI controller, sending x, y and z (pressure) data as parameter change messages. OK, its not really pressure data but capacitance, which is proportional to the area of finger(s) or palm in contact with the pad. The trackpad button sends middle-C note on and note off messages.

Yamaha and Steinberg – STUDIO CONNECTIONS Initiative

PRESS RELEASE:

Yamaha, the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments and pro audio systems, and Steinberg, the leading developer of cross-platform music, mastering and media production software, have formed a strategic alliance to develop tightly integrated solutions for all levels of the music and media production market. The goal of the Studio Connections Initiative is to enable the strengths of both hardware and software to be seamlessly combined to produce powerful, flexible and highly efficient audio production systems.