Yamaha Releases New EMX Series Compact Powered Mixers

EMX7_EMX5_EMX2BUENA PARK, Calif. (June 23, 2016) – Yamaha today unveiled the latest models in the company’s popular EMX series powered mixer lineup, which incorporate powerful new professional features as well as an updated look and interface.

Since its debut 30 years ago, the EMX Series has earned its stellar reputation by providing users having little or no live sound reinforcement experience with a compact, reliable, versatile and easy-to-use mixer requiring minimum setup and connections. Yamaha is the best-selling line of powered mixers in the U.S.

Like their predecessors, each of the new models – the EMX2, EMX5 and EMX7 – seamlessly integrates a mixer, power amplifiers and digital effects into a single chassis, requiring only speakers and microphones to realize a fully functioning sound system.

The EMX2, EMX5 and EMX7 all feature Class-D power amps delivering 500, 630 and 710 Watts respectively of power, offering lightweight, yet powerful sound reinforcement options for bands and mobile DJ performances in small- to mid-sized events, as well as for worship, nightclub or retail business applications.

All models include legendary Yamaha SPX effects for hall, plate, room and echo reverbs. The EMX2 and the EMX5 include an updated 1-Knob Master EQ™ sound contour control to easily adjust the overall sound frequency balance. The EMX7 features a flex-type graphic equalizer (Flex9GEQ) that allows the user to select up to nine bands out of a total of 31 for fine tuning±15 dB.

A new Feedback Suppressor incorporating proprietary Yamaha digital technology instantly eliminates annoying feedback with the single push of a button.

Inspired by the Yamaha STAGEPAS 600i Portable PA System, the entry level 10-input EMX2 features 500 Watts (2 x 250 Watts) of amplification, four high quality microphone pre-amps and three stereo line inputs. This model is surprisingly compact (14.8” x 5.8” x 8.7”), making it easy to fit along with speakers in the trunk of a small car.

Moving up the line, the EMX5 and EMX7 each offer 12 input channels and can output to 630 Watts and 710 Watts respectively. Users can connect up to eight microphones or line-level devices, such as keyboards and CD players and portable MP3 players.

The EMX5 and EMX7 are housed in an impact-resistant, powder-coated metal chassis for a robust, yet extremely portable design that allows for convenient operation on either a tabletop or in a rack (rack mount brackets available separately). Large handles on the front and back of the body serve double duty, making the mixers easy to lift while protecting knobs and terminals on the surface of the chassis from impact or pressure.

While these mixers are capable of higher than expected sound pressure levels (SPL), they actually consume less power than previous models with more compact form factors.

“The Yamaha EMX Series has a proven track record of excellence, offering a winning combination of great sound, affordability and portability,” said Nithin Cherian, marketing manager, Pro Audio division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Each of these new models provide better performance and ease of use than ever before, and will appeal to a wide range of users in a wide range of applications.”

All three models feature Phantom Power to allow the user to plug in condenser microphones for higher audio quality and better frequency range. For even greater flexibility, input 4 on the mixers features a high-impedance input for acoustic guitar or bass without the need for external processing.

And because each of the EMX Series models incorporates the amplifiers, users can easily connect passive speakers or add a Yamaha DXS Series Powered sub-woofer via a single connection, for configuring a PA system that requires a more prominent bass performance.

Pricing and Availability

The EMX2, EMX5 and EMX7 will ship in August; price to be determined.

For more information about the new EMX Series of powered mixers, please visit http://4wrd.it/EMXSERIES

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IK Multimedia launches iKlip A/V – smartphone broadcast mount for mobile audio/video

June 23, 2016 IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that iKlip® A/V, the first broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones is now shipping. iKlip A/V now gives broadcasters, videographers and digital storytellers the ability to capture and monitor professional-quality audio for their videos on the go using its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It also helps deliver a steady picture thanks to its secure smartphone holder and ergonomic handgrip. iKlip A/V gives everyone the power to use their smartphone or compact video camera as a full-featured broadcasting solution with professional quality audio.

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Exceptional audio
Until now, getting pro quality audio while shooting video on a smartphone had been a challenge. Developed in Italy with input from professional field reporters and broadcasters as a cost effective – and more readily available – alternative for field reporting, iKlip A/V is designed to help videographers capture professional quality audio for their mobile video productions. iKlip A/V is also perfect for mobile reporting through online media outlets or social channels like Facebook, Periscope or Snapchat, or smartphone filmmaking for YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram. It features an integrated microphone preamp with gain control that lets users record with high-quality external microphones thanks to its XLR input. iKlip A/V also delivers 48V phantom power for high-end condenser mics using two AA batteries and features a built-in support bracket that can hold most popular wireless microphone receivers. Its input gain control, headphone monitoring output and 1/8″ TRRS audio output ensure a great signal no matter what microphone or device is used providing streamlined recording experience.

Steady and secure
iKlip A/V features a large ergonomic handheld grip and an expandable smartphone holding bracket that shares the same technology as IK’s iKlip Xpand Mini and the iKlip Grip for ultra-steady shooting. It can securely hold any iPhone, iPod touch or Android device with a screen size from 3.5″ to 6″. iKlip A/V can also be attached to a monopod or tripod thanks to the standard female threads on the underside. Its smartphone holder bracket can be detached and replaced with a compact video camera thanks to its standard camera mount. No matter how it’s used, iKlip A/V delivers an effortlessly stable picture quality.

Completely connectible
iKlip A/V works with any smartphone or camera that accepts a 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRRS (CTIA/AHJ wiring standard) audio input. With an optional iLine Camera Adapter cable, iKlip A/V can be used with any camera that has an auxiliary microphone TRS input, meaning that it can deliver great broadcast-quality results with any compatible device that can either fit on its grip or fit on iKlip A/V’s standard camera mount.

Pricing and availability
iKlip A/V is available now from photo/video, music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $/€179.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information, please visit www.iklipav.com

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Softube Modular Out Now

Modules copyLINKÖPING, SWEDEN: high-end plug-in specialist Softube is proud to announce availability of Modular as of June 15…

Modular — Eurorack For Everyone

Introducing Modular: the first truly expandable software modular system that looks, works, and sounds exactly like its hardware counterparts.

A Modular Synth For The Future

Softube’s award-winning modeling experts have combined their talents with the legendary Eurorack inventors at Doepfer and the top minds at powerhouses like Intellijel. With intricate measuring and circuit modeling, they’ve developed authentic emulations of original hardware that are as close to hardware as you can get.

Infinitely Expandable

Once you start customizing, you won’t want to stop — indulge your cool creativity, picking and choosing modules as you go, with new emulations from top hardware brands being released on a regular basis.

Expansive For Experts, Easy For Beginners

Both as an effect and as an instrument, Modular is simple to use, with a massive preset library and clever Utility modules. User- definable Performance modules collect the most important settings presented in a single patch. For the synth pro, Modular is completely compatible with existing hardware, infinitely expanding your creative possibilities.

In short:

  • Modular is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard that features authorized emulations of modules from well-known hardware Eurorack brands.
  • True dynamic circuit emulation — looks, functions, and sounds like its hardware counterparts.
  • Basic system contains six authorized Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118

    Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO).

  • Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches,

    multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).

  • Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel are available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released.
  • Simple design of your own interaction layout with the Performance modules in classic synthesizer style.
  • Softube Heartbeat drum channels and EQ can be used as separate modules for owners of Heartbeat.
  • More than 200 quality presets included, covering a huge range of styles and sounds.
  • Can be used both as an effect and as an instrument for your DAW and integrates beautifully with your hardware Eurorack modular.
  • High internal sample rate within system enables true feedback.
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Native Instruments introduces SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND Instruments

NI_Symphony_Series_WoodwindBerlin, June 14, 2016 – Native Instruments today introduced WOODWIND ENSEMBLE and WOODWIND SOLO – the latest additions to NI’s growing SYMPHONY SERIES range of premium scoring instruments. SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND is aimed at all professional composers who need premium sound quality in an easy-to-use design. Each solo instrument and orchestral section was recorded in rich detail and delivers an extensive set of articulations, including special effects, arpeggios, and more. The instruments feature the same, signature interface found on NI’s two previous SYMPHONY SERIES releases. The SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND instruments run in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER and are available now at the NI Online Shop individually and as a specially-priced bundle.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND ENSEMBLE delivers the rich, earthy sound of a 36-piece woodwind orchestra comprising flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and bass wind (contrabassoon and bass clarinet) sections. The inclusion of saxophones makes scoring for contemporary ensemble configurations possible. WOODWIND ENSEMBLE provides 314 articulations including special effects, true legato, and time-adjustable arpeggios – a definitive feature set for scoring in any genre or for any time period. Users can blend up to four discreet mic positions directly from the Mixer interface.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND SOLO richly captures the sound of professional concert flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone and contrabassoon soloists. WOODWIND SOLO features 148 articulations, including special effects, flourishes, including true legato for extremely realistic woodwind performance. Composers can seamlessly blend dynamic layers to achieve the natural expressiveness of solo woodwind performances. Like the ensemble instrument, WOODWIND SOLO includes the same easy-to-use, feature-rich interface that has earned the SYMPHONY SERIES its reputation as easy-to-use scoring instruments.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND also delivers functionality exclusive to the WOODWIND family of instruments. Each feature contributes to a deeper level of instrumental realism and expressiveness. In addition to the recorded arpeggios, the Arpeggio Module instantly generates cycling arpeggiated phrases and sustained note runs, trills, and chord evolutions. Users can play these arpeggios in real time and restrict them to scales and patterns. The Expression Release system creates a natural sounding note decay whenever a key is released. This works even if the played articulation includes recorded dynamic changes as found in crescendos or swells.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND was created in collaboration with the award-winning team at Soundiron – the same team that created NI’s acclaimed SYMPHONY SERIES – BRASS set of scoring instruments.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is available now at the NI Online Shop for $399 / 399 € / ¥ 49,800 / £339 / $AU549.

SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND SOLO is available now at the NI Online Shop for $299 / 299 € / ¥ 37,800 / £249 / $AU399.

The SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND COLLECTION is available now at the NI Online Shop for $499 / 499 € / ¥ 62,800 / £429 / $AU699.

Special crossgrade pricing is available to owners of select KOMPLETE and KOMPLETE ULTIMATE bundles.

Additional information on SYMPHONY SERIES – WOODWIND is available at:
http://www.native-instruments.com/woodwind

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Cinematique Instruments Release Interval

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INTERVAL – WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Interval isn’t quite like anything else you’ve played. It is an instrument which „has real life and breath“ as composer Theodore Shapiro said. Inspired by contemporary compositions Interval pursues a new approach into building sounds. It is hard to explain, but in the broadest sense, it is an instrument for building inspiring pads, organic atmospheres as well as creative arpeggios. You can do things with it you can’t do with anything else.
THE CONCEPT
Interval features two main issues: the extraordinary selection of sound sources (samples) and an unqiue engine to create harmonies.
During our latest recordings of orchestral instruments we have spent extra time for recording very light and fragile sound articulations. As the result we are happy to unveil an extraordinary collection of gentle and shimmering long notes of violins, celli, flute and trombones which are breathtaking. To round off this palette of sounds we have added some fine selected sounds such as harmonic violin, ebow guitar, a sine tone and more. Alone by playing these beautiful sounds in a traditional way like – without using the Interval engine – you will have a great experience of shimmering pads and organic sounds!
This playing will be refined by Intervals engine with what some composer told „It isn’t quite like anything else I’ve played“. It is an easy but astonishing concept.Interval just layers equal intervals (up to eight) on top of each other and the result is a distinct cluster with timbres ranging from bright and clear to complete cacophony. For example, if you are playing an C by a selected fourth interval, Interval will play C-F-Bb-Eb1-Ab1-Db2-B and so on, or a C with a bunch of superimposed fourth notes. And really true, what you now hear is an inspirational sound with unconventional harmonies!
THE STRUCTURE
The fundament of Interval are four separate sound slots which can be simultaneously played. Just click on the slot name to select one of the 17 instruments (see list below) to set up your favourite mix of sounds. Each sound can be used only once. In order to shape the overall sound there are a lot of tools available: attack/ release time, increase/ decrease of the highs and lows, three delays with adjustable feedback, a reverb and and an LFO which works separately for the four sound slots.
After creating your sound, you can now spread the four sound slots separately to each interval step. Just click on the interval nodes to activate or deactivate the corresponding interval. Each interval step has also a separate volume control. To understand how it works just change the interval (bold number in the centered field) and see what happens when you play a note. (more detailed described at the Engine View). Interval provides four intervals slots. You can access these different intervals by keyswitches (C0 – Eb0) or in chain-mode which skips through the intervals by each key stroke.
BONUS: INTIMATE PIANO
In addition to that you get – as a bonus – the Intimate Piano which fits very well to the strings. Intimate Piano is a completely new recorded set of samples of our beloved Zeitter & Winkelmann upright piano. We recorded the piano with two different sets of mics. Intimate Piano is simple but very expressive!
The full version of Kontakt 4 or higher is required.
The pricing is 145€ / 160 USD
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Rob Papen announces availability of free PRISMA plug-in to stack software instruments

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ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: having blown musical minds when first being showcased as a beta-test version by namesake company Managing Director Rob Papen at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of PRISMA, an advanced utility plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit VST for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10) that allows any Rob Papen product owner to stack (up to four) of their virtual instruments — including instances of the same PLUG-IN or otherwise — as a single so-called ‘prismatic’ sound source, as of June 2…

Who better to make the formal introductions, then, than professional sound designer and progressive product ‘dreamer’ par excellence Rob Papen: “PRISMA provides the Rob Papen ‘sound garden’ with ways of providing terrific tone colours by combining these into a single ‘prismatic’ sound source,” he starts, somewhat poetically. “Powerfully, PRISMA stores those stacked software instruments and all their respective settings as a single preset. Of course, there’s a whole lot more to this than might first meet the eye since users can open each single software instrument individually and easily edit and creatively combine it wonderfully with any other stacked software instruments from Rob Papen to create a whole new range of PRISMA sounds!”

Creating a whole range of PRISMA sounds comes quickly courtesy of its all-new MCP (MULTI CONTROL PAGE) — not shown at NAMM. Now users can quickly control and change the sound of each Layer (corresponding to the PLUG-IN being stacked) using four faders — for instance, changing the Filter Frequency of all four stacked virtual instruments or dynamically changing the Pan (panning) of a single Layer. All are achievable within the MCP that’s as easy on the eye as it is easy to use. Users jumping straight into playing around with PRISMA presets and associated settings within the MCP will be amazed at just how powerful this page can be, producing radical results in a matter of seconds!

Speaking of which, PRISMA presently offers up 345 professionally-programmed presets, including ‘super pads’ suited to film scores and games music, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) lead and stack sounds, and much more besides. But more are always being added — as is the way with Rob Papen, a company that rests its reputation on superlative sound design! Which is precisely what PRISMA is all about, making it a no-brainer for owners of Rob Papen’s varied virtual instruments. Therein lies a question: what happens if a user loads a PRISMA preset that includes a Rob Papen virtual instrument that they do not own? Of course, Rob Papen would not leave them out in the cold; the Layer that should be played by the ‘missing’ virtual instrument simply would not sound, but any other owned Rob Papen virtual instruments used in that PRISMA preset would still be loaded as needed.

Needless to say, PRISMA works wonders for owners of eXplorer-III, The Complete Rob Papen Synth & Effect Collection, combining all of the company’s multi-award-winning Mac- and PC-compatible software instruments — including the relatively recently-released RAW soft synth specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to EDM and beyond — and also all of its critically-acclaimed effects plug-ins into an attractively-priced performance and sound design dream bundle to die for!

Fortunately, no matter how many Rob Papen virtual instruments are already owned, creative combinations within PRISMA are almost limitless. Let’s try picturing a PRISMA preset with a pad from BLUE-II — cleverly combining FM (Frequency Modulation) and subtractive synthesis with Phase Distortion and wave-shaping synthesis to create self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’ — together with an arpeggiated sound, say, from Predator — ‘phat’ analogue-sounding soft synth with killer presets and first-class features — combined with a cutting-edge sound from Blade — representing the cutting-edge of soft synth development — and adding a groove from Punch… picture perfect! PRISMA also has four top-quality FX on board, allowing users to bypass the individual virtual instruments’ inbuilt effects to save on computer resources, ready for building those picture perfect PRISMA sounds!

Still better, PRISMA is available for any Rob Papen user to download for free! Simply stack any already-owned Rob Papen virtual instruments to use (or create new) PRISMA presets using those virtual instruments at their disposal, even if it’s just a case of combining multiple instances of BLUE-II, Predator, or, indeed, any other Rob Papen product. Either way, welcome to the wonderful-sounding world of PRISMA!

To download PRISMA for free, simply login to your Rob Papen account at RobPapen.com, go to My Products and select Get deal #2. For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated PRISMA product webpage here: http://www.robpapen.com/prisma.html

Watch several Rob Papen PRISMA videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBWOOO5zeHgdjEZebpRbIxAU-RXJijV8r

Since it makes sense to own all of Rob Papen’s virtual instruments when using PRISMA, the company currently has a number of discount deals available for upgrading to eXplorer-III, its all-encompassing software bundle that now includes PRISMA as standard, bringing its total product count to 15; alternatively, eXplorer-III itself is available at a promotional price of €499.00 EUR (including VAT/tax)/$499.00 USD until the end of June 2016. (Thereafter, its RRP returns to €585.00 EUR/$599.00 USD, which still represents a significant cost saving of over 50% when compared to separately purchasing each and every Rob Papen virtual instrument and effects plug-in included!)

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Keith McMillen Instruments introduce iOS support and more for K-MIX with K-MIX Editor update

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BERKELEY, CA, USA: innovative hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments is proud to announce availability of K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X — improving its critically-acclaimed K-MIX 8 In 10 Out Audio Interface Programmable Mixer by bringing about a whole host of new features, including iOS support — as of June 7…

Having blown musical minds and opened open-minded ears when introducing its killer K-MIX at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, Keith McMillen Instruments is clearly collectively not one  for standing still when taking its next-generation audio interface and programmable mixer to the next  logical level with the timely release of the K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X software/firmware update for said portable product. Pronounces Keith McMillen Instruments Founder & CEO Keith McMillen: “I have taken on portability as my personal commitment to the world’s travelling musicians. No longer are we dragged to the ground with heavy, unreliable audio gear. Enabling the K-MIX to work with iOS frees us to bring everything needed for a studio-quality recording and editing system in a small carry-on bag with room left for a toothbrush and a change of clothes!” 

While wholeheartedly embracing the iOS community will have far-reaching consequences for the K-MIX’s ever-expanding musical universe, the K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X software/firmware update duly delivers an abundance of new features for the benefit of all users, iOS or otherwise: Stereo Pairing added as a replacement for Fader Groups (editor and firmware); low/mid/high Phones Gain Level switch now defaults to mid (editor and firmware); Pass Thru can now be enabled separately for faders and rotaries (editor and firmware); added Expander Control switch settable from the editor defaults to off (editor and firmware); added Bypass + parameter reset functionality — holding the Byps button and tapping a parameter now resets/normalises that parameter (firmware); and Analog Clipping indication is now present in Input mode when VU is enabled (firmware). The K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X software/firmware update also provides a notable number of fixes and improvements to existing K-MIX functionality.

Fortunately for PC users, Keith McMillen Instruments is also keen to stress that the K-MIX will soon be Windows compatible following an upcoming update. Until then, though, thanks to the K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X software/firmware update, studio-quality recording and editing with the feature-packed K-MIX just got a whole lot more portable and iOS devices have never sounded so good… good to go wherever your  musical travels take you. Just don’t forget your toothbrush!

See and hear a captivating K-MIX field recording made with iOS — impressively capturing the sound of a passing train with six microphones using Steinberg Cubasis on an Apple iPad: 

 

K-MIX Editor v1.2 for Mac OS X can be downloaded directly from Keith McMillen Instruments itself here: https://www.keithmcmillen.com/downloads/

 

K-MIX carries an MSRP of $579.00 USD and is available to purchase from any authorised Keith McMillen Instruments dealer or directly from Keith McMillen Instruments itself here: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/shop/

 

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated K-MIX webpage here: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/products/k-mix/

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