Monthly Archives: July 2012

MOTU Track16 Audio Interface Now Shipping

MOTU Track16 Audio Interface Now Shipping

MOTU have just announced that they are now shipping the new Track16 Desktop Audio Interface, worldwide. Track16 is a 16 x 14 desktop studio interface with mixing and effects. Track16 connects via FireWire or hi-speed USB 2.0 to a Mac or PC computer and features elegant design, compact size, simple one-touch operation, and studio-grade sound quality. Together, the Track16 base unit and included breakout cable provide a total of sixteen inputs and fourteen outputs, hybrid FireWire/USB connectivity, optical digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and SMPTE time code sync. Advanced features include a 16-bus digital mixer (with reverb, EQ, and compression), audio analysis tools such as an FFT with spectrogram “waterfall”, and an instrument tuner.

Elektron Talk with O.N.O from Tha Blue Herb

Elektron Talk with O.N.O from Tha Blue Herb

Based in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, O.N.O produces the tracks for hip-hop unit Tha Blue Herb. He is known for creating unique grooves with distinctive sampling treatments and complex beats. Besides being musically active as part of a group, he has released albums as a solo artist under the names of O.N.O and onomono, playing live shows using only hardware gear and appearing at numerous rock festivals and music events. Elektron caught up with O.N.O to interview him about his musical career, the equipment he uses, and what role Elektron machines play in his sound.

Arturia announces V Collection 3.0 Instruments Bundle

Arturia announces V Collection 3.0 Instruments Bundle

Music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of V Collection 3.0, a classic collection of ten award-winning software instruments, as of July 25. V Collection 3.0 is the ultimate reference solution for demanding musicians seeking the legendary analogue synthesizer and classic drum machines sounds that have defined modern electronic music-making. Those sounds are proving more popular than ever, and Arturia’s TAE® (True Analogue Emulation) technology-powered software instruments have proven themselves time and again on countless hit records and praised productions around the globe.

New firmware with HUI support for A&H GS-R24

New firmware with HUI support for A&H GS-R24

Allen & Heath has released a major firmware and driver update for its acclaimed recording console, the GS-R24. The new firmware includes integrated support of the HUI protocol for direct integration with DAW applications with HUI MIDI control presets, such as ProTools and Reaper, and users also benefit from a range of enhancements to the FireWire interface driver.

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Available Now

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Available Now

Apple today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac® App Store℠. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud® integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, AirPlay® Mirroring and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99.

Karma-Lab releases KARMA for Yamaha Motif

Karma-Lab releases KARMA for Yamaha Motif

Karma-Lab has released KARMA Motif Software, a dedicated PC/Mac program for the Yamaha Motif XS and XF (US $199). This brand-new entry in their line of software applications brings the award-winning and patented KARMA algorithmic music technology (previously only available for Korg workstations) to the Yamaha Motif, giving it new interactive groove generation and arranger-like capabilities.

Sugar Bytes Turnado 1.5 Update Released

Sugar Bytes Turnado 1.5 Update Released

Since it’s launch in the last year, Turnado has been helping musicians and producers push their sound in new directions. The world renowned beat-boxer and vocalist Beardyman is among them and we’ve been working together with him to bring you this exciting and powerful update. Turnado 1.5 brings you a set of brand new features that have been designed, in collaboration with Beardyman, to improve the live improvisation capabilities of Turnado on stage, and in the studio. Furthermore, Turnado 1.5 supports the new ProTools AAX plugin interface.

The Dark Zebra – Special Soundset for U-He Zebra 2.5

The Dark Zebra – Special Soundset for U-He Zebra 2.5

A bank of over 400 presets, a collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr. Practically all Zebra sounds in the The Dark Knight as well as The Dark Knight Rises soundtracks are included, plus several more that didn’t quite fit into the scores. Furthermore, the pack includes Hans’ custom built version of Zebra, dubbed ZebraHZ. Many of the more recent patches make use of the extra features available in ZebraHZ.