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Eventide to exhibit H9000 flagship processor at AES New York 2017

Eventide H9000Eventide has announced it will be exhibiting the new H9000 audio effect processor at the upcoming AES New York 2017, October 18-20, Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, USA. The all-new network-ready, 16-DSP, multi-channel, rackmount audio effects processing flagship features eight times the processing power of the current-generation H8000. The culmination of a multi-year development cycle, […]

TASCAM updates MiNiSTUDIO software & firmware to v2.3

TAS SONAR Input Selection CUTASCAM has announced a software and firmware update for its MiNiSTUDIO line of personal broadcasting interfaces. The version 2.3 update offers a host of new features, including the addition of an expanded set of ASIO drivers. With the new architecture, Podcasters can now easily record their shows, including interviews with guests and sound effects, and […]

M-Audio introduces Uber Mic USB condenser microphone

M Audio Uber MicM-Audio has announced the introduction of its brand-new Uber Mic professional USB microphone with headphone output. Whether it’s recording instruments and vocals, doing podcasts or broadcasting, or bringing the gaming experience to the next level, the M-Audio Uber Mic does it all. Recognizing a critical need in the market for a professional-quality microphone with the […]

Focusrite Red audio interfaces bundled with McDSP All Access HD plug-ins

Focusrite Red McDSP Plug In BundleFocusrite and McDSP have partnered to deliver an unprecedented interface and plug-in bundle. All registered customers of a Focusrite Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre or Red 16Line Thunderbolt and Pro Tools | HD audio interface will receive a free 12-month subscription to McDSP’s All Access HD plug-in pack, worth $499.99 USD. Including 24 of their industry-acclaimed […]

PreSonus launches Eris E3.5 monitor speakers

PreSonus Eris E3.5PreSonus has launched the Eris E3.5 two-way active media reference monitor speakers. Ideal for gaming and home video production, the speakers employ much the same technology as the company’s larger Eris-series studio reference monitors to deliver studio-quality sound, with a smooth and accurate frequency response. Yet they’re compact enough to fit almost anywhere. The weave […]

Dreadbox Hades analog monosynth is yours to assemble, or not

Dreadbox, purveyors of gnarly electronic synths and effects, have come back with a modular-friendly analog synth, which you can assemble – if you dare.

The core synth itself is simple – just a single-oscillator synthesizer, to which you can add two suboctaves for lots of low end bass punch, and three waves (pulse with width, double saw with width, saw). In the tradition of Dreadbox and their love for edgy distortion, you can add some angry sounds with the drive circuit and 3-pole resonating filter.

And, mostly, you’re likely to appreciate this thing for its modulation and patchability. There are some 13 patch points, which you can use with Eurorack or other analog circuits, external audio input, a triangle and square wave LFO, and two separate envelope generators.

You can stick this on your desk and patch into stuff. Or you can bolt it into a Eurorack.

Now, here’s the somewhat bonkers bit. If you’re sensible, I think you’ll just buy this thing pre-assembled, and think hard about finding space in a Eurorack. It’s a nice 250€ buy.

Or, if you’re a bit bored, you’ll DIY the kit version. It’s all through-hole parts, so it’s not a difficult build. It’s just a lot of them. Expect to … free up some time to put this together.

Also cute but not totally practical, they’ve decided that the box is a case. And it is kind of a nice cardboard box. I mean, sure, why not, but … it’s not so much a selling point as it is a cute way around the fact that it doesn’t have a case. It doesn’t have a power supply, either, so figure that into the purchase price.

Don’t get me wrong, though – I think this thing is terribly clever as a synth. And Dreadbox are making some utterly genius distortion, based on the couple I’ve played with.

If you’re looking for a cheap buy that’s fun to patch into other stuff – really desktop or Euro – this isn’t a bad buy at all. And maybe save yourself the time on the busywork of assembling the kit version, and put that time into making a nice wooden case for the assembled version.

Though, while we’re at it, technically every product I’ve ever owned has come with a free enclosure / kid’s playhouse / pencil case / advanced part storage / tiny spaceship for paper people … uh, you know, box.

Also, you can turn a lot of the manuals into really ace paper airplanes.

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Erica Synths launches Black Dual VCF multimode filter Eurorack module

Erica Synths Black Dual VCFErica Synths has announced Black Dual VCF, a dual multimode filter with CV control over cutoff and resonance for serious modular patches. Produced in Erica Synths’ hometown Riga, Latvia, the custom AS3320 multimode VCF chip offers a highly stable core. It can be used as two independent VCFs with simultaneous HP, BP and LP outputs, […]

Logitech brings back the trackball – that studio and creation boon

Remember trackballs? Logitech does, and that means if you’ve missed this input device, you can bring it back to your creative projects and studios.

The appeal of the trackball is simple: take up less space, avoid all that business with surfaces and mouse mats and the like, keep your hand in a comfortable position, and get more precision when performing precise mousing.

Now, of course, some people just hate the feeling of the trackball, but the above reasons have made some people swear by them in studios, in particular. When you’ve got other gear, mixing desks and so on, trackballs are appealing for their fixed position. And that precision comes in handy when you’re using Adobe CS (visual folks) or making detailed edits on a timeline (sound, video).

Logitech were the kings of this device category, much as they remain a leader in mice today. So, it’s notable that Logitech are bringing back this creation by popular demand.

And this being 2017, the MX Ergo gets wireless support, modern hardware internals, and modern connectivity. It also addresses the one thing that kept me away from a lot of trackballs in the 90s, particularly the horizontally oriented ones. There’s now adjustable tilt, which means you can fit this to your hand.

I’m intrigued; I might go back to this, especially for studio work. If we get one, of course we’ll do a review. Brings back fond forgotten memories of my Kensington Orbit. Behold:

Logitech MX ERGO

By way of comparison, Kenginston make trackballs, too – with the key difference being putting the ball on the top instead of on the side. That includes very affordable and portable Orbits for about $30-40. I suspect your choice depends on what you find most comfortable for your hand.

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Zylia launches Indiegogo campaign for ZYLIA ZM-1 Microphone

Zylia ZM 1 MicrophoneZylia has launched a campaign at Indiegogo in support of its ZYLIA ZM-1, a microphone that allows for recording multiple instruments simultaneously. The ZM-1 microphone uses 19 omnidirectional capsules based on state-of-the-art MEMS technology. It intelligently separates each individual instrument from the full audio mix, while preserving the natural acoustic color of the individual instrument […]

Expert Sleepers releases General CV General MIDI synthesizer Eurorack module

Expert Sleepers General CV featExpert Sleepers has launched General CV, a new 12HP Eurorack module that combines a powerful General MIDI synthesizer, a multi-channel CV-to-MIDI converter, and a host processor capable of generating huge amounts of MIDI data, either in response to control voltages (CVs) or entirely algorithmically. By bringing the Nineties back to the Sixties, General CV’s software […]