TASCAM VL-S3BT Monitors Bring Bluetooth Support

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2016 NAMM Show: TASCAM has introduced their new VL-S3BT monitors – a set of entry-level monitors with Bluetooth support.

The 2-way powered monitors include a 3” woofer and rear ported design. A pair of RCA inputs accepts any line-level input, and a stereo 1/4” to RCA cable is included.

The company says that the VL-S3BT’s are designed for home studios, video editing, or Portastudios. Continue reading

Mackie Intros ProDX Wireless Digital Mixers

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2016 NAMM Show: Mackie has introduced the ProDX Series, an new line of compact digital mixers with complete wireless control.

The line features two models, the 4-channel ProDX4 and the 8-channel ProDX8.

  • The ProDX4 features two Wide-Z preamps, plus TRS main outs and an aux send for sending audio to a monitor or separate zone.
  • The ProDX8 extends the input count to 6 mic preamps and the addition of a second aux send. Both mixers also come with a 1/8? stereo aux input for connecting a media player and a headphone output for monitoring or silent practice.

The mixers couple the power of digital mixing and an ultra-compact form factor, designed for solo performers, small bands, venues and commercial applications that require lower channel counts. Continue reading

M-Audio Intros M-Track Audio Recording/Monitoring Interfaces

m-track-audio-interfaceAt the 2016 NAMM Show, M-Audio announced the introduction of the latest versions of their M-Track audio recording/monitoring interfaces.

There are five models in the family. The first four models have full 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a pro-grade rugged all-metal chassis, high-headroom pre-amps and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.

The top model—the M-Track 1212 12-in/12 Out USB-C High Speed Audio Interface—boasts 32-bit 192kHz studio-quality audio Continue reading

DP 9 Gets New Plug-Ins, Improved Performance

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At the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, MOTU was demonstrating updates to Digital Performer 9 that they say make its faster and more efficient and also introduce new plug-ins.

“The next few updates of Digital Performer are all about squeezing every last CPU-cycle and sample buffer out of today’s incredibly fast computers,” says MOTU’s Jim Cooper. “DP users will enjoy state-of-the-art CPU efficiency and low-latency performance, regardless of the Mac or PC system they use, making the flexibility of a host-based workflow increasingly more powerful and compelling.”

Here’s what they have to say about DP 9.02: Continue reading

IK Multimedia Intros Mic Room, Turns Your SM-58 Into A Neumann U67

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Can’t afford a vintage Neumann U67 microphone?

IK Multimedia has introduced Mic Room – a microphone-modeling app that lets you ‘re-mic’ recordings, giving you a virtual mic collection. 

They’ve modeled the frequency response and characteristics of a variety of microphones, letting you record with an $100 Shure SM-58 mic and, according to IK, turn it into a recording that sounds like it was recorded with a rare, expensive mic.  Continue reading

Hearken Gives Your Mac Instant Audio Recording

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Boxed Ear has introdued Hearken, a new kind of audio recording software for Mac with a focus on ‘fast, simple, elegant recording’.

Hearken can record from any number of audio inputs simultaneously, at the touch of a button using the power of Hotkeys. It’s a lightweight application that lives in the status bar and is always ready to record, turning your Mac into a one-push instant audio recording solution.

Here’s the official audio intro: Continue reading