Alesis Intros Core Line Of Audio Interfaces


2014 NAMM Show: Alesis has announced the new CORE Series of
24-bit USB Audio Interfaces.

The audio interfaces offer XLR+1/4″ combo inputs, Mic/Line or Guitar level switching, headphone outputs with level controls for efficient monitoring, and each model ships with Cubase 7 LE.

  • CORE 1, a single input/dual output inline interface, is designed for on-the-go recording or as an entry-level option.
  • CORE 2 offers both audio and MIDI connections for full studio integration.
  • CORE 8 is an eight-channel rack mount interface suited for live or studio applications.

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Focusrite Intros iTrack Dock – A Studio Quality iPad Recording Interface


At the 2014 NAMM Show, Focusrite is introducing the iTrack Dock – a new iPad dock that they describe as a ‘comprehensive studio-quality Lightning iPad recording interface’.

The iTrack Dock offers dual Focusrite microphone preamps, two line inputs and an instrument DI, independent stereo monitor and headphone outputs, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers. The iTrack Dock is designed to offer everything needed to record, monitor and control music on a Lightning iPad. It even charges and powers the iPad at the same time.

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MiC 96k Combines Mic, Preamp & Audio Interface Into One Compact Device


2014 NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics has released the MiC 96k - a multiplatform digital microphone.

The MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one device. According to Apogee, they have ‘designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone.’ Continue reading

Positive Grid Intros JamUp Plug HD Guitar and Bass iOS Interface

JamUp_Plug_HDPositive Grid, the creator of BIAS and JamUp Pro XT, today introduced its JamUp Plug HD, a studio-quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The compact JamUp Plug HD device improves on Positive Grid’s earlier JamUp Plug by offering a 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), eliminating feedback issues and, according to the manufacturer’s press release, “bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.” The interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

The JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED = the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange = the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; red = the input level is too high.

Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. The JamUp Plug HD docs directly with the iPhone 4 and 4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2 or 3 via its 30-pin connector, and also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter.

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iConnectMIDI 2+ An Actual Game Changer

In the latest episode of Sonic Touch, Gaz Williams and Nick Batt take a look at the new iConnectivity iConnectMIDI 2+.

The iConnectMIDI 2+ may be a little awkwardly named, but it offers some very interesting features – including Audio PassThrough, which lets you digitally send the audio from your iPad directly into your computer DAW.

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Roland Releases Updated, Windows 8.1 and Mavericks-Compatible Drivers

roland-logoRoland U.S. recently announced the availability of new USB drivers for “a wide range of Roland products” that are Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) -compatible.

Up-to-date USB drivers are available for the following products:
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