Akai Unveils New Studio Reference Monitors

Akai_RPM500Akai Professional has introduced two new studio reference monitors, the RPM500 and RPM800.

Both monitors offer distributed Class A/B amplification, with ultra-efficient power while ensuring minimal distortion. RPM500 provides 90 watts total, with 50 watts dedicated to its 5-1/4 inch woofer and 40 watts to its silk-dome tweeter; RPM800 offers 120 watts total, with 80 and 40 going to the woofer and tweeter, respectively.

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New Yamaha HS Series Monitors Introduced at Musikmesse

Yama-HS-series03Yamaha introduced the second-generation HS Series studio monitor and subwoofer series at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The extended, revamped lineup features a new 6.5” monitor.

Improving on the original HS line, launched in 2006, the new HS series feature new transducers that achieve smooth response over a wide bandwidth and ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. By upgrading to a 1″ tweeter (from the previous3/4″ models) the new monitor series provides an extended frequency range and delivers high-resolution sound. Yamaha engineers have optimized the HS powered monitor and subwoofer monitor system for a variety of music production environments. Continue reading

Behringer Intros NEKKST Monitors, Designed by KRK Founder

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, Behringer introduced the NEKKST K5 and K8 near-field monitors, developed by monitor designer and founder of KRK, Keith R. Klawitter.

The new NEKKST monitors feature a means of switching between studio tunings, as well as DSP correction, multiple analog and digital inputs, along with iOS and Bluetooth.

Both models come with 1″ silk dome tweeters and glass fiber cone woofers; 8″ and 5″ respectively. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Intros iLoud Portable Monitors

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2013 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has announced iLoud, stereo speakers designed for portability.

The iLoud line consists of two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI, both of which they say provide ‘sonic accuracy that’s on par with professional studio monitors’. The iLoud model offers 40W RMS of power, and its little brother, iLoud MINI,12W RMS. Continue reading

Got A Terrible Rig? Then You Could Win!

Got a terrible rig? Ugly, broken gear?

Here’s one instance when having a crummy music setup is advantageous:

Music gear makers Korg, HK Audio, Lâg, and VOX are collaborating on a Make Over My Rig contest. The winner will receive a new setup that includes the new portable HK Audio LUCAS Nano stereo PA system, a Lâg T66DCE acoustic guitar, a VOX AGA30 acoustic amp, and Korg’s compact MicroStation keyboard. Contest organizers say the prize package is worth more than $2,600 US.

Here’s the contest info:

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PreSonus QMix Lets You Control Your Mix With An iPhone, Lets Everybody Have ‘More Me’

At the 2012 NAMM ShowPreSonus introduced a new iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for remotely controlling monitor mixes for up to 10 musicians, using the PreSonus StudioLive products.

QMix works by networking one or more iPhones wirelessly with a Mac or PC, enabling QMix to remotely access Virtual StudioLive to control one or more FireWire-connected StudioLive mixers.

As each iPhone connects to the network, its copy of QMix will “discover” all StudioLive mixers on the network, letting each musician create their own aux mix that includes all mixer channels. QMix also gives the StudioLive engineer the capability to set permissions, so that each iPhone on the network only controls a specified mix.

Enough with the blah, blah, blah, though. It’s all about you, isn’t it? Check out the rather awesome PreSonus Qmix intro video, which explains how the free app lets you have ‘more me’.

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Electro-Voice Debuts ZXA1-Sub

At The NAMM Show 2012: Audio equipment manufacturer Electro-Voice is launching a matching subwoofer for its best-selling ZXA1 compact self-powered loudspeaker at NAMM 2012 – the ZXA1-Sub, a product which the company says “punches above its weight.”

The ZXA1-Sub is designed to combine a portable size, good performance, and power. Equipped with a EV-engineered heavy-duty 12” woofer, a state-of-the-art 700-W amplifier, a durable 15-mm wood enclosure, and a maximum SPL rating of 126 dB, the ZXA1-Sub weighs “only” 46 lbs and measures 15.75“ x 17.5“ x 18.“

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Orange OPC Guitar Amp + Computer First Look

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Remember the Orange OPC Guitar Amplifier + Recording Studio Workstation - the bizarro computer + guitar amp combination that was introduced at this year’s NAMM Show?

Music Radar got their hands on one of the Orange OPC computers and put together this first look at it.

According to Orange, the OPC computer will be leading the way with a number of ‘Firsts’:

  • The first PC to feature an integrated audio interface enabling the user to plug in a guitar or microphone using a standard 1/4? jack plug
  • The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers which deliver full range studio quality sound as well as producing vintage guitar sounds.

The OPC comes with the following software packages:

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software
  • Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW
  • Toontracks EZdrummer Lite
  • Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre

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