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

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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

Apogee Quartet Now iPad Compatible

Apogee_QuartetAt the 2013 Winter NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics announced that its updated Quartet USB audio interface is now compatible for use with the iPad.

The Quartet is a 4 input, 8 output USB audio interface and can make a direct digital connection to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac. Continue reading

Sonoma Wire Works Wants To Fix The Android Audio Latency Problem

Sonomalow-latency-android-audio Wire Works wants to fix the Android audio latency problem.

At the 2013 Winter NAMM ShowSonoma Wire Works announced the development of a low-latency audio (LLA) solution for Android smartphones and other devices.

Typical input to output latency on Android devices is between 100 and 250 milliseconds. According to Sonoma Wire Works, their LLA solution brings latency down to approximately 20 milliseconds. Continue reading

Antiquity Music Intros Wheelharp String Keyboard

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At the 2013 NAMM Show: Antiquity Music is premiering the Wheelharp, a keyboard musical instrument that gives the player the ability to ‘orchestrate’ with a chromatic scale of sixty-one 61 actual bowed strings at one’s own fingertips.

In other words – it’s sort of a steampunk version of an orchestral sound library.

How The Wheelharp Works:

When the player presses any key on the Wheelharp, the action moves the selected key’s respective string toward a rotating wheel with a rosined edge, thereby bowing the string.

With the right pedal, the player controls the speed of a motor that turns the wheel, which varies the bowing speed of the wheel against the string and thus changes the dynamic effect. For instance, the wheel speed and the key depth can both be used to create swells and decrescendos. The action for each note can easily be removed as necessary for maintenance or string replacement.

The left pedal controls a full damper system that extends across the strings. An electromagnetic pickup floats above the strings and a piezoelectric pickup is mounted to the soundboard, allowing for the player to fully control the amplified timbre of the Wheelharp.

Here’s a demonstration of the Wheelharp in action: Continue reading