IK Multimedia launches AXE I/O audio interface with unique advanced guitar tone shaping

IK Multimedia AXE IO

IK Multimedia has announced availability of its new AXE I/O, a high-end audio interface and controller that delivers premium sound and innovative features designed for guitarists seeking the perfect way to record with world-class tone and professional techniques. The new 2 In/5 Out AXE I/O offers guitar-centric features such as adjustable impedance, streamlined re-amplification functions […]

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Cwejman S1 Mk2 wieder da und schon wieder weg. 150 Stück nachgelegt.

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Tja, kaum kündigt Wowa Cwejman den extrem beliebten S1 Mk2 (erneut) an, ist er auch bereits wieder ausverkauft. So auch jetzt.

Wowa Cwejman S1 MK2

Wenn irgendetwas wirklich beliebt ist, dann ist es sicher dieser Synthesizer. Er konnte damals schon mit einem neuen Sound auftrumpfen, der seinen eigenen „Dreck“ hat und hat dazu eine ziemliche Menge an Möglichkeiten, die in der kompakten Form auch eher neu waren.

Eine besondere Eigenschaft des Cwejman („Swäymän“) sind die extrem schnellen Hüllkurven mit  hohem Zupackfaktor. Bei dem Hersteller gab es nie so viele Einheiten wie man braucht, sondern es wurden nur so viele gebaut, wie es möglich war. Die ersten Versionen waren in tarngrün™ ausgeführt, später wurde der Synth dann beige-weiss. Auch diese Version ist beige.

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Für gewöhnlich schreit man, wenn man einen S1 mal gebraucht findet. Neu kostet er dieses Mal 3500 Euro plus Steuern, statt der üblichen 3000. Das Leben in Schweden ist teuer. Auf der anderen Seite braucht hier keiner einen Zwischenhändler oder Vertrieb, sondern man kann ihn direkt anbieten. Alles ein wenig nerdig und je nach Laune gibt es ihn auch mal woanders. Es bleibt ein Luxus-Gerät und ist bekannt genug geworden für seinen Sound, gerade auch für Bass und snappy Percussion.

Das Cwejman überhaupt noch eine neue Auflage macht, hat vermutlich niemand auch nur vermutet. 150 Stück werden nachgelegt. Und sind auch schon ausverkauft. Damit ist die Meldung nur für die Statistik. Sorry. Wir haben auch keinen abbekommen. Dafür ist eines gewiss: Künftig werden die sicher wieder teurer im Gebrauchtsektor auftauchen.

Technik

Die technischen Daten sind allgemein bekannt aber da er doch ziemlich viel bietet, seien sie kurz erwähnt: 3 Oszillatoren mit Sync und FM, 2 Filter unterschiedlicher Bauform, ein LFO und zwei ADSR-Hüllkurven.

Der S1 wurde erstmal 2004 vorgestellt. Damals galt er als clean und edel, ich weiß aber, dass er auch sehr böse und rauh werden kann. Aber eben anders. Deshalb ist er auch gesucht und quasi ein moderner Klassiker. Leider gibt es auch in der aktuellen Version keine Speicherung oder Steuerung aber es gibt MIDI, CV/Gate und ein internes MIDI-CV Interface zum stecken in einer semi-modularen Bauweise.

Mehr Infos

Die Website erzählt alles über Cwejmans Geschichte und Anleitungen gibt es dort auch. Der letzte Eintrag zum S1 Mk2 wurde 2009 gemacht. Die „News“ gehen bis 2012, es gibt dennoch alles was man wissen möchte dort.

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Gig Performer 3 debuts at NAMM 2019, update adds Setlists, Chord Pro & more

Deskew Technologies Gig Performer V3

At this year’s NAMM show, Deskew Technologies will be debuting version 3 of Gig Performer, the VST/VST3/AU live performance plugin host for Windows and Mac. Renowned for its rock-solid stability, low CPU usage, ease of use, and flexibility, Gig Performer 3 adds a bevy of powerful new capabilities, especially to the program’s control features. The […]

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Haken’s ContinuuMini is expressive, post-keyboard sound for $899

Want some evidence that the future of expressive digital instruments and MPE is bright? Look to Haken’s ContinuuMini, which emerged over last year, bringing greater portability and a US$899 price to the out-there controller.

Forget anything else, and listen to this gorgeous video (using a clever setup with an Onde acoustic resonator*:

Why does the ContinuuMini matter?

Expression really is a combination of sound and physical control. Say what you will about piano keyboards (and some electronic musicians who hate them certainly do) – the reason an acoustic piano is still expressive has to do with the sound of a piano.

So when we talk about MPE, a scheme for allowing polyphonic expression through MIDI, we’re really talking about allow greater depth in the connection of physical gestures and sound.

If this is going to catch on, it’ll require more than one vendor. I think it’s wrong to assume MPE’s future, then, is tied solely to ROLI as a vendor. From the start, MPE was an initiative of a range of people, from major software developers (Apple, Steinberg) to hardware inventors (ROLI, but also Roger Linn and Randy Jones of Madrona Labs, for instance).

And Haken Audio has been a boutique maker pushing new ways of playing for years – including with MPE on their Continuum. The Continuum may look arcane in photos, but feeling it is a unique experience. The ribbon feels luxurious – it’s actually soft fabric. And the degree of control is something special. But it’s also enormous and expensive – and that means a lot of people can’t buy it, or can’t tour with it since it won’t fit in an overhead.

I believe that what makes an instrument is really finding that handful of people to do stuff even the creators didn’t expect, so if you can lower those barriers for even a run of a few hundred units, you could have a small revolution on your hand.

That’s what Haken have done with ContinuuMini, which closed crowd sourcing late last year and has started shipping of the first hardware.

Here’s what sets it apart:

It’s a Continuum. Well, first, nothing else feels like a Continuum. That feeling may not be for everyone, but it’s still significant as a choice.

It’s continuous. Because you aren’t limited by frets or keys, there’s a continuous range of sound. This is a controller you’ll want to practice, finding intonation with muscle memory and your ear. And there are artists who will want that subtlety.

It has internal sound. Like its larger sibling the ContinuuMini has an internal sound engine. That means that it’s not just a controller. Haken have conceived control and sound in a single, unified design. You can play it without connecting other stuff. And the builders have worked on both the physical and aural experience of what they’ve made. I think that’s significant to anyone making an investment, particularly in an age in which abstract controller hardware tends to stack in our closets.

It’s 8-voice polyphonic, as well. The ContinuuMini isn’t just a controller: it’s a complete, gorgeous polysynth and a controller, for this one price.

It connects to other gear, without software. Bidirectional digital control – MIDI, with MPE, MPE+ – and bidirectional control voltage analog (with converter) are possible. That means you can play the ContinuuMini with gear and software (like recording MIDI and MPE in your DAW for playback), and likewise the ContinuuMini can control your software and gear. There are also two pedal inputs so your feet can get in on the action.

It’s only a quarter kilogram. 9 oz. You can tote the bigger ones with a case but – the ContinuuMini is incredibly portable.

It feels like an extraordinary development.

https://www.hakenaudio.com/continuumini

* Synthtopia has a great, in-depth interview on the Onde and Pyramid, acoustic resonators that make an electronic instrument feel more like an instrument and less like “something disconnected that produces sound through speakers” as with conventional monitors:

La Voix Du Luthier & The New Shape Of Electronic Sound

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It Might Get Loud Productions launches MIDI drum packs for Rock, UK Punk, Emo/Screamo & Scandinavian Melodic Metal

It Might Get Loud MIDI Packs 2019

It Might Get Loud Productions has announced the release of its first batch of MIDI drum groove packs for 2019. These 4 new MIDI Packs range from Original UK Punk, to mid-2000’s Emo/Screamo & to Scandinavian Melodic Metal. On top of that IMGL is announcing a new MIDI Pack line called “Anthology” which covers triple […]

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Drum-Synthesizer NAAD LD4 mit vielen Parametern fürs Eurorack aus Japan

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Nishiasakusa Audio Developments ist der ausgeschriebene Name des Herstellers aus Japan, nur für unsere Augen etwas uneinprägsam? Also sagen wir NAAD, wie es auf deren Site steht. Ein Display und eine Steuermatrix erinnert eher an Synthesizer ohne Eurorack wie Waldorf Pulse, Blofeld und Evolver, deshalb kann der NAAD LD4 viele Parameter haben.

MIDI In und Out, 4 CV-Ein- und Ausgänge sowie genauso viele Gate-Signale für die Steuerung gibt es. Ansonsten ist eben jene Bedienmatrix im Stile des Microkorg bereit eine AHSR-Hüllkurve, hat einen Oszillator und einen Geräuschgenerator und natürlich Bending und (LFO)-Modulation sowie ein Filter für doch recht viele Möglichkeiten für einen Drumsynthesizer. Er kann allerdings auch Töne machen, was im Demovideo auch zu hören ist.

Das Filter hat alle Filtertypen außer Notch, außerdem sind FM und AM möglich. Um keine Missverständnisse zu erzeugen: Natürlich ist der LFO auch mit an Bord. Im Video und im Bild kann man grob erkennen, wie viele Parameter der Synthesizer hat – das ist viel für ein Modul.

Preise?

Das Modul kostet 19440 Yen, was etwa 156 Euro entspricht (ohne Zoll und Steuer). Man sollte schon mit Porto und 19 % Steueraufschlag rechnen.

Mehr Information

Auf der Webpage von NAAD gibt es mehr zu dem Modul und ein kleines Blockschaltbild mit Hüllkurve zu sehen. Lesbar ist allerdings eher der Shop, denn sonst muss man einfach den Übersetzer anwerfen oder sein eingerostetes Japanisch bemühen.

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Reloop’s new RP-8000 MK2: instrumental pitch control, Serato integration

Like the relaunched Technics 1200, the new Reloop decks sport digitally controlled motors. But Reloop have gone somewhere very different from Technics: platters that can be controlled at a full range of pitches, and even play scales. And the RP-8000 MK2 is a MIDI controller, too, for Serato and other software.

Oh yeah, and one other thing – Reloop as always is more affordable – a pair of RP-8000 MK2s costs the same as one SL-1200 MK7. (One deck is EUR600 / USD700 / GBP525).

And there’s a trend beyond these decks. Mechanical engineers rejoice – the age of the motor is here.

238668 Reloop RP-8000 MK2

We’re seeing digitally controlled motors for haptic feedback, as on the new Native Instruments S4 DJ controllers. And we’re seeing digital control on motors providing greater reliability, more precision, and broader ranges of speed on conventional turntables.

So digitally controlled motors were what Technics was boasting earlier this week with their SL-1200 MK7, which they say borrows from Blu-Ray drive technology (Technics is a Panasonic brand).

Reloop have gone one step further on the RP-8000 MK2. “Platter Play” rotates the turntable platter at different speeds to produce different pitches – rapidly. You can use the colored pads on the turntable, or connect an external MIDI keyboard.

That gives the pads a new life, as something integral to the turntable instead of just a set of triggers for software. (I’m checking with Reloop to find out if the performance pads require Serato to work, but either way, they do actually impact the platter rotation – it’s a physical result.)

238668 Reloop RP-8000 MK2

Serato and Reloop have built a close relationship with turntablists; this lets them build the vinyl deck into a more versatile instrument. It’s still an analog/mechanical device, but with a greater range of playing options thanks to digital tech under the hook. Call it digital-kinetic-mechanical.

Also digital: the pitch fader Reloop. (Reloop call it “high-resolution.”) Set it to +- 8% (hello Technics-style pitch), or +/- 16% for a wider range (hello, Romanian techno, -16%), or an insane +/- 50%. That’s the actual platter speed we’re talking here. (Makes sense – platters on CDs and Blu-Ray spin far, far faster.)

With quartz lock on, the same mechanism will simply play your records more accurately at a steady pitch (0%).

The pitch fader and motor mechanism are both available on the RP-7000 MK2, for more traditional turntable operation The performance pad melodic control is on the 8000, the one intended for Serato users.

Serato integration

I expect some people want their controller and their deck separate – playing vinyl means bringing actual vinyl records, and playing digital means using a controller and computer, or for many people, just a USB stick and CDJs.

If you want that, you can grab the RP-7000 MK2 for just 500 bucks a deck, minus the controller features.

On the RP-8000 MK2, you get a deck that adds digital features you’ve seen on controllers and CDJs directly on the deck. As on the original RP-8000, Reloop are the first to offer Serato integration. And it’s implemented as MIDI, so you can work with third-party software as well. The market is obviously DVS users.

The original RP offered Cue, Loop, Sample and Slicer modes with triggers on the left-hand side. Plus you get a digital readout above the pitch fader.

On the MK2, the numeric display gives you even more feedback: pitch, BPM, deck assignment, scales and notes, elapsed/remaining time of current track, plus firmware settings.

New playback and platter control options on the Reloop RP-8000 MK2.

The pads have new performance modes, too: Cue, Sampler, Saved Loops, Pitch Play, Loop, Loop Roll, Slicer, and two user-assignable modes (for whatever functions you want).

Reloop have also upgraded the tone arm base for greater reliability and more adjustments.

And those performance modes look great – 22 scales and 34 notes, plus up to 9 user-defined scales.

For more integration, Reloop are also offering the Reloop Elite, a DVS-focused mixer with a bunch of I/O, displays that integrate with the software, and more RGB-colored performance triggers and other shortcuts.

https://www.reloop.com/reloop-elite

One of these things is not like the others: the new kit still requires a laptop to run Serato.

If I had any complaint, it’s this: when will Serato do their own standalone embedded hardware in place of the computer? I know many DJs are glad to bring a computer – and Reloop claims the controls on the deck eliminate the need for a standalone controller (plus they have that new mixer with still more Serato integration). But it seems still a bummer to have to buy and maintain a PC or Mac laptop as part of the deal. And if you’re laying out a couple grand on hardware, wouldn’t you be willing to buy an embedded solution that let you work without a computer? (Especially since Serato is an integrated environment, and would run on embedded machines. Why not stick an ARM board in there to run those displays and just read your music off USB?)

As for Reloop, they’re totally killing it with affordable turntables. If you just want some vinyl playback and basic DJing for your home or studio, in December they also unveiled the RP-2000 USB MK2. USB interface (for digitization or DVS control), direct drive control (so you can scratch on it), under 300 bucks.

https://www.reloop.com/

Previously in phonographs:

The Technics SL-1200 is back, and this time for DJs again

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Save 60% off with TD Audio’s Future Pop Production Bundle

TD Audio Future Pop Production Bundle

TD Audio has launched the Future Pop Production Bundle, a collection of 5 top rated sample packs at a 60% savings. The bundle includes loops & samples, audio kits, MIDI files, vocals, Serum presets and more. You ready to sample the future at a HUGE saving! TD Audio is back with a Future Pop Production […]

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5Pin Media MIDI Focus: Tech House Beats sample pack by Dan Larsson

5Pin Media MIDI Focus Tech House Beats

5Pin Media’s latest MIDI Focus series pack Tech House Beats comes with a new collection of Tech kits by Renown beatsmith Dan Larsson. Tech House Beats features 15 custom kits skillfully honed from 240 one-shot samples and 60 MIDI Grooves – perfect for customising, playing at the bpm of your choice, breaking down or using […]

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Audiomodern Holiday Sale: Save up to 60% off Max for Live devices & Riffer plugin

PIB Audiomodern Holiday Sale

Plugin Boutique has launched an exclusive sale on Audiomodern, offering discounts of up to 60% off regular on its Random Chords, Groove and Riff Generator Max For Live devices and Riffer MIDI plugin. Random Chords Generator PRO is an instrument built to create midi chords from the MIDI notes received. It comes with 52 chord […]

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