NAMM – Korg Triton Extreme

korg triton extremeThe Korg TRITON line has been taken to extremes, with the TRITON Extreme music workstation/sampler. Introduced at the 2004 NAMM Summer show, it delivers all the features that have made the TRITON popular, plus many new sounds and enhancements.

TRITON Extreme has a generous 160 MB of wave ROM, sampled at 48 kHz. It features a broad selection of new samples, including acoustic and electric guitars, woodwind and brass instruments captured with their natural vibrato, organs, authentic choirs and an all-new concert grand piano. Also included are the entire sample sets from Korg’s best-selling Trance Attack, Orchestral Collection and Vintage Archives expansion boards, as well as the best of Korg’s Dance Extreme, Studio Essentials and Pianos/Classic Keyboards collections, plus the complete TRITON Studio ROM.

From this massive ROM, Korg has created 1,344 programs, 50 drum kits and 1,280 combinations, each consisting of up to 8 Programs, split, layered, zoned and velocity-allocated across the keyboard. In addition, General MIDI Level 2 Presets contain 256 programs and 9 drum kits.

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NAMM – Digitech Introduces 5 New Pedals

bad monkeyDigiTech introduced five new distortion pedals: the Bad Monkey; the Screamin’ Blues; the Hot Head; the Grunge; and the Death Metal at the 2004 Namm Summer Session. Designed to provide guitarists with a wide range of overdrive and distortion options, these new pedals feature DigiTech’s premium analog circuitry and offer sounds ranging from smooth, classic overdrive to the deepest, darkest metal.

Each pedal is housed in a rugged cast-metal enclosure, features a non-slip rubber base, and is designed to withstand years of rigorous use. In addition, all models feature dual outputs: a standard amp output and a mixer output with cabinet modeling so the user can plug directly into front-of-house boards and recording consoles.

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NAMM – dbx 162SL Compressor/Limiter

dbx compressordbx Professional Products, a Salt Lake City-based manufacturer of professional signal processing products and a division of Harman International, showed a new compressor/limiter at the recent 2004 Namm Summer show.

The Purple Series™ 162SL Compressor/Limiter features dbx’s proprietary AutoVelocity attack and release circuit. The 162SL has been designed to provide contractors uncompromising, state-of-the-art compression and limiting, while maintaining a simple and intuitive control interface.

Based on the prestigious lineage of the now legendary Blue Series 160SL Compressor / Limiter, the 162SL is designed for the most demanding user in the most extreme conditions. Built to be as transparent as possible, the 162SL’s sonic purity is rivaled by only its big brother, the Blue 160SL. Designed specifically to handle the abuse of the road, while still delivering clarity henceforth reserved for the studio, the 162SL is currently available.

NAMM – Audio-Technica Introduces Next-Generation Pro Series Mics

Audio Technica Pro SeriesAudio-Technica used the Summer NAMM Show to launch its new line of Pro Series microphones.

This wide range of vocal and instrument mics comprises both dynamic and condenser models in handheld and specialty designs. The introduction of the comprehensive new Pro Series underscores Audio-Technica’s commitment to leading the market in the ongoing development of innovative transducer technology. Designed with high-performance specifications for clarity, volume, durability, and ease of operation, the cost-effective Pro Series microphones also feature the legendary reliability that is the result of Audio-Technica’s stringent engineering and manufacturing standards.

The Pro Series line comprises 11 models: the PRO 31/PRO 31QTR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphones; PRO 41 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone; PRO 61 Hypercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone; PRO 63 Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; PRO 25ax Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; PRO 35ax Cardioid Condenser Clip-on Instrument Microphone; PRO 70 Cardioid Condenser Lavalier/Instrument Microphone; PRO 8HEx Hypercardioid Dynamic Headworn Microphone; PRO 24 Stereo Condenser Microphone; and PRO 37 Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

The rugged Pro Series vocal microphones set price/performance standards for intelligibility, clear sound, and high gain before feedback. Featuring a broad frequency response with low handling noise, the Pro Series vocal mics deliver consistent performance on the road, night after night.

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NAMM – Vestax PDX-2000 and PDX-2300 Turntables

Vestax Pro TurntablesAt the 2004 Summer NAMM show, Vestax featured the next generation of its PDX-2000 and PDX-2300 turntables. The three updated models, which include the PDX-2000mkII, PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro, are part of an ongoing effort to provide DJs with tools that incorporate their most requested features.

The PDX-2000mkII offers the same professional features as its predecessor, including a high torque motor design, fast start up time (from 0 to full speed in .5 seconds), fine pitch and ultra pitch. In addition, the PDX-2000mkII features a new, streamlined platter and next generation ASTS (Anti-Skipping Tonearm System) design.

The PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro offer the same features as above, with the addition of Vestax’s proprietary, dynamic, spring-balanced tonearm system to further reduce tracking error during scratch performances. The PDX-2300mkIIPro also offers a “J” tonearm for mix DJs who prefer the feel of a curved tonearm.

The PDX-2000mkII, PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro are currently available with respective US MSRPs of $850, $950 and $1100.

NAMM – Vestax Introduces the VMC-004 Mixer

Vextax Techno MixerVestax introduced the VMC-004 mixer at the 2004 Summer NAMM show, which offers high quality and functionality at an affordable price for beginner and intermediate house and techno DJs. The 4-channel mixer includes a 3-band, 100% cut isolator per channel as well as 5-segment LED meters on each channel.

The VMC-004 includes four RCA line inputs, four phono inputs and two mic inputs. On the output side, it offers two stereo RCA master outputs (Master1, Booth/Master2) with separate volume controls.

A flexible headphone monitor section features a cue/master blend control. It allows users to adjust the relative levels of Cue and Master heard through headphones, enabling the DJ to mix in the headphones.

The Vestax VMC-004 is currently available at a US MSRP of $420 (with an average street price of $299).

NAMM – Roland DS Series Digital Monitors

Roland MonitorsRoland introduced a new monitoring solution, the DS-8/-7/-5 active reference series, at the 2004 NAMM Summer Session.

The DS series delivers high-resolution performance with precise imaging, ultra-low coloration, and smooth, balanced energy output. Premium-grade discrete amp circuits and film capacitors provide the purest signal path. The new DS line is ideally suited for professional and project studios, fixed and mobile broadcast facilities, or any other recording/mixing environment where superior, transparent sound quality and accuracy are essential.

The DS series offers pristine, 24-bit audio handling (up to 192 kHz) for a truly all-digital signal path. Each monitor is equipped with digital inputs (AES/EBU, coax, and optical) and analog inputs (Neutrik 1/4″/XLR), which enable connectivity to a wide range of recording and workstation environments, including Roland’s VS-Series and other new-generation devices and formats.

Only the high grade, discrete amp circuits and film capacitors are employed in this benchmark line. The analog, digital, and power components are absolutely isolated, ensuring pure, low-noise performance. The DS series, features a rich, accurate sound field with exceptional stereo imaging and a consistent “flat” frequency response.

Interference from TV, radio, and other electronic devices is a thing of the past, thanks to the newly designed shielded cabinets that allow the DS monitors to be placed in close proximity to video monitors and computer screens. The power switch is located on the front panel for optimum convenience, and the highly efficient heat-sink power amplifier is fully compatible with IEC60065 safety standards.

NAMM Update: Tascam Includes Vienna Giga Symphony in GigaStudio 3 Orchestra

Tascam GigastudioTascam has joined with Vienna Symphonic Library, creators of their critically acclaimed orchestral library, to create Vienna Giga Symphony, an exclusive new collection to be included free with copies of GigaStudio 3 Orchestra.

The new library has been produced at 24-bit resolution and recorded in the Vienna Symphonic Library’s custom-built Silent Stage in Vienna . This new library includes over 4GB of orchestral samples from every instrument family of the orchestra – strings, winds, brass and percussion—including up and down-bow alternations powered by GS3’s new iMIDI rules.

“GigaStudio has been the first choice of composers looking for the most convincing orchestral realizations possible with sampling technology,” says Pete Snell, GigaStudio Sales and Marketing manager for TASCAM. “For our new flagship software sampling workstation, GigaStudio 3 Orchestra, it was an obvious choice to partner with a premiere manufacturer of orchestral samples in our industry. Vienna Symphonic Library has set new standards for realism and dedication to library development with their Pro Edition and Horizon Series, and we’re honored that they’ve created this custom library for GigaStudio users.”

“In the late nineties GigaStudio revolutionized sampling by introducing the disk streaming,” says Herb Tucmandl, CEO and Creative Director for Vienna Symphonic Library, “which allowed users to access and manage vast amounts of sample data on a scale which up to then had been unthinkable. This innovation was an essential premise for the realization of the gigantic Vienna Symphonic Library project. Therefore, I’m especially happy and proud to present the “Vienna Giga Symphony” to all the users of GigaStudio 3 Orchestra exclusively.”

“Over 1.5 million samples later,” Tucmandl continues, “the Pro Edition and the upcoming Symphonic Cube prove that dynamic, lifelike orchestral realizations are a reality, thanks in part to our development systems running GigaStudio. We’re excited by the possibilities offered by the new version, including 24-bit / 96kHz sample support, built-in MIDI rules, unlimited polyphony and GigaPulse Pro convolution processing. The 24-bit Vienna Giga Symphony is just the first library to take advantage of the new features in GigaStudio 3.”

The Vienna Giga Symphony is an exclusive new library included with all copies of TASCAM GigaStudio 3 Orchestra. It includes the following instrument samples:

  • Violin ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Viola ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Cello ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Double bass ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Harp: normal plugs
  • Piccolo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Flute: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Oboe: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Clarinet: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Bassoon: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Horn solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Horn ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trumpet solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trumpet ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trombone solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trombone ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Basstuba: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Timpani: single hits (left/right hand), rolls
  • Xylophone: single hits
  • Glockenspiel: single hits
  • Bass drum: single hits (left/right hand),
  • Snare drum: single hits (left/right hand), rolls
  • Tamburin: single hits (2 variations), rolls
  • Cymbal (pair): single hits
  • Cymbal (suspended): single hits, rolls
  • Tamtam: single hits
  • Triangle: single hits (2 variations)
  • Church bells: single hits

GigaStudio 3 adds a list of new features designed to make music production easier while producing the most authentic acoustic simulations ever created.

  • Unlimited Polyphony – whatever your system can deliver (GS3 Orchestra)
  • VST Plug-In support – use your favorite effects in GigaStudio
  • Rewire support – GigaStudio’s outputs now connect directly to a sequencer through software signal routing
  • 24-bit sample support – a new dimension of detail, without affecting disk performance
  • 96kHz sample support – load 24-bit/96kHz instruments for stunning realism and detail
  • Expanded mixer – now supports 128 channels and 32 fader groups
  • Quick Edit – by popular demand, edit most parameters without opening the instrument editor
  • New User Interface look and feel – a modern overhaul to the look of GigaStudio
  • Intelligent MIDI – Legato, Alternation, Random modes and more
  • Sample Recording – A true sampler should be able to record samples, not just play them back. New GSIF 2.0-compatible soundcards now support input as well as output for recording directly into GigaStudio
  • Kernel-level MIDI – Our new MIDI input technology virtually eliminates latency and reduces jitter on the incoming MIDI data
  • Surround placement – using a native version of GigaPulse with extra channels for surround
  • GigaPulse – Included with every version of GigaStudio 3, models the resonance of a space, microphone or instrument body for the most realistic sampled instruments ever. A playback-only version, GigaPulse SP, is included with Ensemble and Solo. GigaPulse Pro is included with GigaStudio 3 Orchestra, and offers the ability to create your own reverb impulses and add them to instruments.

GigaStudio also retains the features that made it the best software sampler available:

  • Streaming samples – only GigaStudio allows you to load samples over 512GB for the most realistic instruments possible
  • Sound Libraries – The best sound libraries in the world are developed on GigaStudio. Some samplers attempt to convert load GS instruments, but lose the articulations and big sample sizes that make GigaStudio the leader in its field
  • Runs on inexpensive PC hardware, integrates with Mac sequencers with a soundcard and a MIDI jack.
  • Quicksound – rapid searching of your hard drive when loading instruments
  • Articulations – switch articulations by pressing a key, allows for highly authentic phrasing
  • Low latency – kernel-level processing give GigaStudio the lowest latency of any sampler
  • Native support for the best sound libraries in the world