Native Instruments today launched a time-limited special offer for its acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system. Throughout the month of July, all owners of a newly registered KONTROL S4 unit are eligible for a free “Scratch Upgrade Kit“, which allows users to mix and scratch with timecode control via directly connected turntables or CD decks.
Synthix is a Mac (OS X 10.3.9 and later; Audio Unit, VST, RTAS — Pro Tools 7.0 and later) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, and 7; VST, RTAS — Pro Tools 7.0 and later) compatible virtual recreation of the much-sought-after Synthex, a lush-sounding, 1982-vintage, eight-voice programmable analogue polysynth (independently designed by Mario Maggi and built by Italian home-organ manufacturer Elka), much beloved by synth luminaries of day, such as Jean-Michel Jarre, whose well-known Laser Harp performances still emanate exclusively from an awesome-sounding Synthex patch produced by one-time UK demonstrator/programmer Paul Wiffen (audible in isolation in ‘Second Rendez-Vouz’ on Jarre’s multi-million-copy-selling Rendez-Vouz album of 1986).
Ribbon has a real sound generation section with one oscillator. The sound will be triggered by the position on the 4 octaves ribbon. The ribbon serigraphy offers a chromatic scale of the 4 octaves. Ribbon is also sensitive to the pressure. Pressure will determine the volume. A tactile tile is dedicated to the effects modulation.
SM Pro Audio presents the VU800 Passive Meter Bridge, the next-generation version of their popular VU8. Perfect for use in broadcast, studio, live, or just about any other audio production situation, this multi-channel passive VU meter with built-in headphone monitoring is designed for use as an all-purpose visual audio level indicator.
The iOS version of the world-renowned TENORI-ON brings you a completely new musical interface. Even if you don’t know much about music, you can create music intuitively as if you were arranging sounds in space. The music that you see on the 16 × 16 grid of buttons is the music that is performed. On the 16 × 16 grid of buttons, basically, the horizontal direction is time, and the vertical direction is pitch. By laying sounds on these buttons, you can combine rhythms and melodies to produce music. A button will glow when its sound is produced. The movements of the glowing lights produce a visual performance.
Even though their name is … well … very generic, these guys are from, next to PSP who create top notch plug-ins, another Polish company who release quality products. In this case the Limiter/Compressor called Preceptor model-A which is a bit different to the model-T. Made me wonder why you could have any color as long as it was black. The difference between model-A and model-T is that model-T comes with an extra action option which also may suggest that the model-T is the MkII of the model-A.
Gemini is pleased to announce the new GTX series of passive loudspeakers. With over three decades of speaker production under their belts, Gemini has always demonstrated an ability to seamlessly merge value and sound quality. And the new GTX loudspeakers follow suit, offering outstanding dispersion and accurate audio reproduction at an accessible price.
Faders is a Core MIDI application that controls external MIDI devices by sending MIDI CC messages from the iPad. 4 sliders each with up to 3 control change parameters can be assigned for each of 50 Templates. This application offers unique new ways for sonically tweaking the synthesizer.
SM Pro Audio introduces two new solid and versatile pieces that combine multi-band graphic equalization with lightning fast compression. Available in two models, the CQ15 dual 15-band and the CQ31 single 31-band, the units deliver precision control of multiple bands of equalization plus optical compression, providing dynamics and EQ control in a single unit.
Cubase Elements 6, the smallest retail version of Steinberg‘s award-winning Cubase music production software, is now available as a free trial version for download.
This video is an artist testimonial by Rob Fabrie aka Waxweazle, aka Headbanger. Rob is since the late 80s and early 90’s a producer of electronic music in mainly the ‘harder’ genres like hardstyle and hardcore, but has ventured in other genres like trance and clubmusic as well. He talks about the use of various Rob Papen plugins and let’s us see how he utilizes Robs plugins in a ‘haunting‘ hardcore track.
What happens when you relay none less then twelve Korg Monotribes? Ready to tweak some real analog hardware? Check out this video from Korg Japan.
These are the releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
This weekend we have something pretty cool. Last week we had a give-away for the LiveRemote app from iXimix. The winner of the iPad app was Aldo Aréchar. He was so kind to make a video while using it in a project. We thought ‘wow, cool’! The result is actually far better then we imagined. We love it…!