Endeavour has announced new pricing for the Evo keyboard, described as the “world’s first keyboard with touch sensitive keys”:
We understand the creative potential of this technology, and would therefore be delighted if everyone owned an evo. For that reason we continually strive to optimize our production process with the aim of optimizing the sale price.
We have now made our first breakthrough by optimizing the electronic components and the manufacturing process. This means we can now offer the evo for EUR 1,199, including all taxes and shipping costs within Germany. The technical concept remains largely intact. Only the time that elapses between hitting the keys and transmission had to be increased from 1 ms to 5 ms by repositioning the electronics, while the sampling rate of the sensors has been reduced to 300 Hertz. However, this has absolutely no effect on playability. Whether it be rapid movements, slow gestures or repetitive movement patterns, everything is registered with the usual precision and converted into precise position data.
We have therefore achieved one of our key goals: to preserve all the functions whilst also reducing the sale price. Once again, we have managed to move one step closer to our second main goal, which is to provide the world with better keyboards.
The Evo was priced at 2800 euro, as recently as Musikmesse 2012, so the aggressive price cut could encourage a lot of people to take a second look at the keyboard’s capabilities. Continue reading →
Musikmesse 2012: The Seelake AudioStation is a all-in-one audio workstion, combining a powerful CPU, multiple audio and MIDI inputs and outputs and microphone preamplifiers in one device.
Powerful Multi-Instrument VST Player
VST Multi-FX Rack
Advanced MIDI Patchbay
Performance Digital Audio Recorder
VST and audio Digital Mixer
Multi-Track Digital Audio Player
Large RAM memory
1 or 2 large hard disks
Main Operative System expressely built and optimized for audio signals, based on Microsoft Windows kernel and compatible with any musical application written for Windows.
AudioStation software Audio and VST Mixer-Host integrated in the operative system.
Completely independent additional operative environment, to use AudioStation like a traditional computer for word processing, graphics, web or any other, with no risk to the AudioStation audio/musical functionality.
operative environment for the maintenance of the device, where users can: restore factory defaults; clone installations into the (optional) backup hard disk and vice versa; wipe the file system in case of shocks or free falls
Audio system with 10 I/Os and high quality converters
MIDI system with 8 I/Os and ultra precise timing
Live Control remote controller for controlling AudioStation in live performances with no need for monitor, keyboard nor mouse
The biggest news out of Musikmesse 2012, at least for Propellerhead Reason users, was the announcement of Rack Extensions -a new format that opens up the Reason Rack to third-party developers.
Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving users the same experience with third party extensions as with any other Reason device. This includes the ability to load them in Reason’s Combinator, route audio and CV cables on the back, automation of all parameters, copy/paste devices and signal chains, and experimentation with the safety of unlimited undo.
This video, via Sonic State, features Magnus Lidstrom from SonicCharge (makers of Synplant) talking about converting their BitSpeak plug-in to the new format and what Rack Extensions mean for developers.
Rack Extensions will be coming in Reason 6.5, which is expected in Summer 2012.
Musikmesse 2012: Innovative Instruments was showing the Ribbon Tube Synth, a custom synth created from a Doepfer Ribbon Controller, what looks to be a Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1, a speaker and a giant tube. And some beer.