Roland Releases SH-101 Plug-Out Software Synth at 2015 Summer NAMM Show

Roland_SH-101_Plug-Out_Software_Synthesizer2015 Summer NAMM Show: Roland today introduced the SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer.

It was previously introduced as a ‘Plug-Out’ synth for the Roland System-1 hardware synth and is now available for purchase as a software synth.

Like its hardware counterpart, the new SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a reproduction of Roland’s iconic SH-101 monophonic synth from the 1980s, down to the details and odd quirks that make the original one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time.

Based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, the new soft synth recreates the behavior of the analog circuitry underlying the original’s synth engine. Included are classic SH-101 synth sounds — bass, lead, noise, and sound effects. The SH-101 Plug-Out software synth also adds reverb, chorus, delay and crusher effects that were not included in the original. Continue reading

Roland Intros System-1 Software Synth At 2015 Summer NAMM Show

Roland_SYSTEM-1_software_synthesizer2015 Summer NAMM Show: Roland has announced the System-1 Software Synthesizer, a software version of the AIRA System-1 synth.

The System-1 Software Synthesizer with Librarian features many of the same functions as the hardware System-1/1m version. It offers the same sound quality as its hardware counterpart, making it ideal for musicians who either work solely in the software world, or who are considering the hardware version and would like to audition it first. In addition, based on popular user request from the hardware version, the Librarian software has been expanded to now include 64 patches. Continue reading

Open Mic: What Do You Want To See Introduced At This Year’s NAMM Show?


The 2014 NAMM Show kicks off next week – and you know what that means: tons of new gear, some vaporware, booth babes, NAMM weirdness and ‘game changers’.

The NAMM Show is where many companies make their biggest gear and software announcements of the year.

We’ll be on site in Anaheim, CA next week bringing you the news from the show. In the meantime, what are you hoping to see introduced at this year’s NAMM Show?

Avid Launches Pro Series AAX Plug-ins

izotope-logoAt the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, Avid announced the launch of its Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins, featuring three new advanced processors: Pro Compressor and Pro Expander (available now), along with Pro Limiter (coming soon) for the AAX platform.

Avid’s Pro Series plug-ins work with AAX DSP and AAX Native systems, including Pro Tools|HDX, Pro Tools|HD Native, and any system using Pro Tools 10 and higher software. Continue reading

iZotope Announces AAX Native Support

izotope-logoAt the 2013 Winter NAMM Show: iZotope has announced AAX Native support for Nectar vocal suite, and Ozone 5, their mastering system. The free updates will enable Pro Tools users to use iZotope plug-ins in the latest format developed by Avid for Pro Tools 10.

iZotope also continues to support RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats for previous Pro Tools versions.  Continue reading

Apogee Intros Duet USB Audio Interface

Apogee_DuetWith a four-input USB audio interface called Quartet, and a newly-updated one-input interface called ONE, it should come as no surprise to readers that Apogee Electronics’ new two-input (four-output) USB audio interface is christened Duet.

The Duet audio interface for for iPad and Mac makes a direct digital connection to Apple’s iPad (iPhone, iPod touch) and Mac, and features Apogee’s Maestro control software, iOS device charging, and MIDI connectivity. The updated Duet debuted at The 2013 Winter NAMM Show.

When used with iPad or an iOS device, Duet works with any Core Audio compliant app like GarageBand, Auria and MultiTrack. For recording on a Mac, Duet works with Logic, Pro Tools, GarageBand, Ableton Live and any Mac Core Audio compliant application. Continue reading