Antelope Audio Intros Zen Tour, Portable Thunderbolt – USB Interface

Antelope_Audio_ZenTourAntelope Audio announced its “most accessible and versatile recording tool” last week at Musikmesse 2016. Antelope’s Zen Tour features an ultra portable form factor, Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 8 analog inputs and outputs, high-end DSP effects, hardware-based guitar amp/cab simulations and more.

With 8 inputs, including 4 switchable Mic/Line inputs and 4 HiZ/Line inputs, Zen Tour provides plenty of options for tracking several instruments simultaneously — as well as digital ADAT & S/PDIF I/O for increased connectivity options.
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iConnectAUDIO2+, 2-in, 6-out Audio and MIDI Interface, Now Shipping

iConnectAUDIO2+At Musikmesse 2016: Interface-maker iConnectivity has announced that the iConnectAUDIO2+, the latest in their series of audio and MIDI interfaces for Mac, PC, and iOS, is now shipping.

iConnectAUDIO2+ accommodates mics, synths, MIDI, instruments, speakers, headphones, and up to two computer devices simultaneously (Mac/PC/iOS). It features two “premium” combo inputs and six outputs, including an independent headphone mix and assignable direct monitoring. iConnectivity’s Audio and MIDI passThru technologies allow flexible routing between everything connected.

The most-used functions on the interface can be controlled from its touch panel, and iConnectivity’s iConfig software for iOS, MAC, and PC is included for setting up flexible audio and MIDI routing. Snapshots are then stored in flash memory on the device.
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Free Update Lets MOTU Audio Interfaces Stream Up To 64 Audio Channels Over Ethernet

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MOTU has announced a free firmware update for the 1248, 16A, 8M and other current-generation audio interfaces that lets you stream up to 64 channels of audio, at sample rates up to 192 kHz with low latency, over Ethernet to your Mac.

Firmware update 1.2.5 supports AVB/TSN Ethernet, letting you connect your MOTU interface to the Mac using a standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 Ethernet cable up to 100 meters long and stream up to 64 audio channels to and from audio applications running on the Mac at sample rates up to 192 kHz with low latency. Any recent-generation Mac with a built-in Ethernet port running OS X 10.11 is supported. Continue reading

Focusrite Intros 58-in, 64-out Red 4Pre Flagship Audio Interface

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Focusrite has introduced the Red 4Pre, a new ‘flagship’ audio interface that offers 58-in, 64-out IO, four digitally controlled ‘Red Evolution’ preamps, plus high-headroom instrument inputs, a new high-performance conversion system, and Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante network connectivity.

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M-Audio Intros M-Track Audio Recording/Monitoring Interfaces

m-track-audio-interfaceAt the 2016 NAMM Show, M-Audio announced the introduction of the latest versions of their M-Track audio recording/monitoring interfaces.

There are five models in the family. The first four models have full 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a pro-grade rugged all-metal chassis, high-headroom pre-amps and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

The top model—the M-Track 1212 12-in/12 Out USB-C High Speed Audio Interface—boasts 32-bit 192kHz studio-quality audio Continue reading

Microsoft Announces Plans For Thunderbolt Support In Windows 10

Microsoft has announced plans to support Thunderbolt on Windows 10>

Microsoft Windows Platform Evangelist Pete Brown has announced plans for Thunderbolt support in Windows 10.

Microsoft will not officially support Thunderbolt 1 & 2 devices on Windows 10, though they may work with vendor support. They are focusing their support on Thunderbolt 3.  Continue reading