Sonarworks has released their newest speaker calibration software for sound studios and home recording, Sonarworks Reference 3.
Reference 3 is designed to let anyone to do the complete studio calibration process, with a visual step-by-step workflow, in less than 15 minutes. Continue reading
Developers Bartosz Kowalski & Joseph Chehade have announced UAMP – a tiny amplifier that’s designed to deliver high-quality amplification in a mobile package.
It’s being produced via a Kickstarter project, which is already fully funded. Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg and Noritake introduced the Nutube, a new miniaturized, high performance ‘vacuum tube on a chip’.
Korg says that the NuTube generates the musical harmonics of traditional vacuum tubes, but offers three key benefits:
- Low power Consumption – less than 2% of the power required by conventional vacuum tubes;
- Compact – less than 30% of the volume of a conventional vacuum tube; and
- Reliability – Nutubes offer up to 30,000 hours of continuous operating life.
We asked Korg for more information, based on reader questions to our initial post about the NuTube.
Here are their answers, via Korg Marketing Manager Junko Fukai: Continue reading
Line 6 today introduced the new AmpliFi TT guitar tone processor, a new system that lets you use any speaker system as a guitar amp and Bluetooth streaming system. Continue reading
Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker.
It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you up at 7am or ask what the weather is going to be like, and Echo will handle it.
It’s not much of a stretch to imagine an App Store for a device like this, where you could download new types of music applications for it. Brian Eno has already done this on iOS, turning his classic Music For Airports album into a generative music application. An audio ‘smart device’ could be a perfect platform for generative music making.
But, while the Amazon Echo has some super cool aspects, it’s also a little creepy – because it’s always on and listening to you. Even in your bedroom.
And, as Amazon says – it’s ‘Connected to the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter.” Continue reading
PreSonus has announced the Temblor T8, an active subwoofer monitor speaker.
Designed for critical listening in the studio or at home, the PreSonus Temblor T8 active subwoofer is designed to complement any full-range monitoring system, making it ideal for personal studios, gaming, audiophiles, and home theaters.
The Temblor T8 includes a continuously variable lowpass filter (50 Hz to 130 Hz) for creating a seamless crossover transition and a switchable highpass filter that removes content below 80 Hz from the full-range signal sent to satellite speakers, so you can optimize your system for your room and your needs. Continue reading
Porter & Davies let us know about their Tactile Monitoring Systems, which use bone conduction to deliver sound through your backside.
In-ear monitors sound great, but don’t deliver the physical sensation of big monitors. The P&D silent monitoring systems address that gap, using bone conduction to deliver accurate, intense reproduction.
According to the company, their P&D BC2 and BC Gigster systems let players hear and feel themselves and their fellow musicians like never before
Keyboardists can choose what instruments they want the system to monitor and the significant increase in tactile connection to the sound will enable them to experience better on-stage dynamics.
This is a little off topic, until you consider running a bass synth through it, but the Large European Acoustic Facility is a sound system so loud that, if you ever heard it, it would kill you.
You might think that the LEAF was invented to get back at dudes that drive at three in the morning with their massive subs cranked up – but it’s actually used for research. Continue reading