At the 2013 NAMM Show, Behringer introduced four new USB audio interfaces.
U-PHORIA models include UM2, built around BEHRINGER’s XENYX mic preamps and the high-end UM22, UMC202 and UMC204 that feature their MIDAS mic pres. Continue reading
This video captures an overview demo of the Alesis Vortex keytar MIDI controller, by Sweetwater’s Daniel Fisher.
The latest episode of Sonic Touch takes a look at PPG WaveGenerator from Wolfgam Palm. In addition, Nick and Gaz take a look at a USB connection kit hub and the Keith McMillen Instruments Quneo.
If you’ve used PPG WaveGenerator or the QuNeo – let us know what you think of them!
UK audio engineering manufacturer Focusrite today announced its latest USB 2.0 bus-powered interface, Scarlett 2i4.
Designed for Mac and PC, Scarlett 2i4 features a pair of Focusrite’s award-winning mic pres with mic, line and high-impedance instrument inputs. It has precision converters — with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution — and is capable of a dynamic range in excess of 105dB on record and playback.
The microKEY-37 (available now; MSRP $79.99) is now joined by the portable microKEY-25 (expected ship date: September ’12; MSRP $69.99) as well as the five-octave microKEY-61. Geared for the studio musician, the microKEY-61 (expected ship date: late summer 2012; MSRP $179.99) comes with effects plug-ins and the exclusive Legacy Collection Suite – a collection of software versions of some of Korg’s most iconic synthesizers.
The microKEY can be used to create a compact and customized MIDI command center. Adding a measure of flexibility and control, the microKEY 37- and 61-key models both can also serve as a USB hub. Two USB ports (Type A) can accommodate the addition of a Korg nanoPAD2, nanoKONTROL2 or any other USB device.
The Mac- and PC-compatible microKEY devices also run on USB power, making them well-suited for on-the-go laptop musicians. For musicians working from an iPad, the microKEY-25 can be used to control apps such as the Korg iMS-20 via MIDI (see korg.com for more details).
All microKEY models feature velocity-sensing mini keys, using the same “Natural Touch” keybed found on the Korg microKORG XL and microSTATION. The microKEY also accurately conveys the dynamics of the user’s performance to any software package.
Octave Shift buttons, when used in conjunction with the Key Transpose function, enable the full range of notes in the MIDI specification to be covered. For added expression during a performance, the 37- and 61-key models feature a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel. The 25-key model features a built-in arpeggiator, a sustain/tap button, and an assignable joystick for pitch bend, modulation, or any other control change.