RME releases Babyface silver edition, 22-Channel USB audio interface

RME Babyface (silver)

RME has released a silver edition of the Babyface, a 22-channel, 192kHz bus-powered audio interface.

RME has given a face to digital audio. Starting with the Multiface as first serious/professional mobile I/O solution ever we raised the bar further and further, up to the extremely popular and successful Fireface series. So now that the racks are filled we will start to rock your desktop!

The Babyface is smooth on the outside for looks and feel, but has the balls inside: latest 192 kHz AD- and DA-converters, two reference class microphone preamps, SteadyClock – analog circuit design, features and function are truly RME – we wouldn’t give our newborn anything second class!

That includes the new TotalMix FX, a TotalMix on steroids, with tons of new features, improvements and 3-band parametric EQs, plus added echo and reverb: anything you need right out of the box and with near zero latency!

The Babyface uses RME’s Hammerfall USB audio core from the Fireface UC – another milestone in low latency audio interfaces, and will give you outstanding performance and top sound in an ultra-portable, nicely designed and attractively shaped enclosure.

The Babyface is now available in blue and silver, priced at a MSRP of 599 EUR / $799 USD.

More information: RME Audio / Babyface

Rane introduces MP25 Classic DJ Mixer with USB

Rane has announced the MP25, a USB club mixer with audio interface.

Rane MP25

The MP25 satisfies the audio and ergonomic demands of performing DJs, in a 19” rack format preferred by nightclubs, with a compact 4U design that drops easily into a mobile rig. Sporting two microphone inputs, four studio-grade phono preamps, four analog aux inputs, four low-latency stereo USB inputs, analog and USB effects insert loops, and a variety of analog and digital outputs; the MP25 remains rooted in analog tradition while reaching new heights of digital connectivity.

Integrating a twenty-two channel USB audio interface, the MP25 enables simultaneous playback of four stereo sources, recording five stereo channels, and inserting computer-based VST effects. Reliable, low-latency, multi-client ASIO and Core Audio drivers interface the MP25’s twenty-two USB audio channels directly to your favorite multi-track mixing, beat-making, looping, effects, and recording applications. Additionally, the MP25’s front panel controls are MIDI enabled, allowing manipulation of software parameters directly from the mixer’s control surface.

The MP25 also features Rane’s powerful FlexFX architecture, allowing DJs to apply a variety of effects to any combination of mic and program inputs. Insert effects into individual channels, a sub-mix of channels, or the entire main mix. Combine outboard effects processors with VST effects running on your computer. FlexFX makes it easy to create unique, compelling mixes in a variety of mixing styles.

Two microphone inputs put the DJ and entertainer in direct contact with the audience. Each microphone includes independent Talkover control. Engage a mic to put it into the mix, or engage Talkover to put the mic in the mix and duck all other sources. Talkover makes it easy to jump into the mix for quick, intelligible announcements.

The Rane MP25 ships March 2011.

More information: Rane Corporation / MP25

Numark announces NDX800 Controller, Professional Software Controller with MP3/CD/USB

Numark NDX800 Controller

Numark has announced the NDX800 Controller, a professional software controller with Traktor LE and MP3/CD/USB playback.

NDX800 Controller is a high-performance controller for DJs who blend different kinds of music sources. Whether your music is on your computer, USB flash drives or CD, you can perform with it using NDX800. This digital deck has the feel and layout you’re used to, with a twist of Numark innovation.

NDX800 Controller features

  • USB-MIDI DJ Controller with CD/MP3/USB player.
  • Control software and play from CDs, MP3 CDs, or USB flash drives.
  • Premapped for use with Virtual DJ, Traktor, and compatible with virtually all MIDI compatible DJ software..
  • Player includes Beat-synced DSP effects with wet-dry fader: chop, echo, filter, flanger, pan, phaser.
  • Smooth, fast, reliable, slot-loading drive.
  • Large, seven-inch, touch-sensitive illuminated platter with auto-calibration.
  • Control MIDI software with no timecode needed via USB.
  • Adjustable start and stop time for vinyl-like deck performance.
  • Automatic BPM analyzer and Tap tempo for manual BPM entry.
  • Adjust pitch ±6, 12, 25, and 100%, in half steps (semitones), or bend with pitch buttons.
  • Key Lock holds pitch while you independently manipulate its BPM.
  • Seamless looping, sampling, and easily accessible hot cues.
  • Keep time moving forward while you cut or reverse the track using Bleep/Reverse.
  • Single-track, continuous, shuffle, and programmable playback.
  • Fader Start plays the cued track when you move the crossfader (requires compatible mixer).
  • Large, backlit display for BPM, CD/MP3 text tags, and folder navigation.
  • Outputs: stereo RCA, digital S/PDIF.

More information: Numark / NDX800 Controller

Numark introduces iM1, 2-channel DJ mixer with iPod dock

Numark iM1

Numark has introduced the iM1, a professional 2-channel DJ mixer with dock for iPod.

Numark’s iM1 packs a wide variety of input types into a compact package. You can plug in turntables, CD players, line-level music sources and a microphone to the iM1, which also includes a dock for iPod that allows you to play from, or record to, an iPod. Set the levels with trim and line faders, and tailor the high and low frequencies with the rotary EQs on each channel. Cue up tracks using the mini-crossfader and headphone output, and then perform the mix through the master outputs with the smooth, replaceable crossfader. Quickly create professional-quality mix-tapes to pass off to clubs and fans by recording your DJ performances directly to an iPod within the built-in dock. M1 has all the features you need to get maximum performance out of minimum space.

iM1 features

  • Two-channel compact-tabletop mixer with built-in iPod dock.
  • Record DJ performances directly to iPod.
  • Mix music from turntables, CD players, line-level audio and iPod.
  • Rotary EQ and gain on each channel.
  • Smooth, replaceable crossfader for mixing master output.
  • Mini-crossfader for mixing headphone output.
  • 2 RCA phono inputs, 2 RCA line inputs, 1/4″ microphone input.
  • Master RCA stereo output, 1/4″ stereo headphone output.

More information: Numark / iM1

Numark releases iM9 mixer with digital effects and dock for iPod

Numark iM9

Numark has announced the iM9, a professional-grade DJ mixer with integrated effects and a dock for iPod.

Numark’s new four-channel iM9 DJ mixer is designed for creating vibrant, engaging DJ performances. With the iM9, DJs can mix vinyl, CDs, iPod, microphones or any line-level audio source. Integrated BeatKeeper™ technology automatically detects a song’s BPM, allowing for seamless crossfades from track to track. Sync Lock ensures that once the beat is locked in between two sources, it’s never lost.

DJs need complete control over how the music sounds and the iM9 mixer delivers that control, no matter the source. With the iM9, DJs can shape the music as needed thanks to dedicated three-band EQ controls for every channel or create on-the-fly remixes and stunning song transitions by engaging iM9′s high-quality, beat synced effects. This level of control is complimented by a pro-grade crossfader, knobs and LEDs.

iM9 features

  • Four channel DJ mixer.
  • Integrated dock for iPod for playback and recording of sets.
  • Beatkeeper™ BPM detection to create precise mixes between songs.
  • Beat-synced effects including: Delay, Filter, Flanger, Pan & more.
  • Crossfader with channel assign switches.
  • Dedicated XLR microphone input with Gain & EQ.
  • Two phono line inputs for connecting turntables.
  • Five RCA line inputs.
  • Balanced XLR outputs.
  • Master, Booth and Record RCA line outputs.

More information: Numark / iM9

Alesis introduces MultiMix 16 USD FX, audio mixer & recording interface

Alesis MultiMix 16 USB FX

Alesis has announced the MultiMix 16 USB FX, an 16-channel audio mixer with digital effects and USB recording interface.

The MultiMix 16 USB FX is a 16-channel desktop mixer designed for easy integration into musicians’

computer-based recording environments. Whether they are mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, musicians will find the MultiMix 16 USB FX to be easy to use, rugged and feature-packed.

The MultiMix 16 USB FX gives users a selection of eight XLR inputs with switchable phantom power supply for condenser microphones. MultiMix 16 USB FX also provides 1/4-inch and RCA connectors for working with instruments and line-level audio sources, and guitarists will enjoy a guitar input, enabling them to plug their instruments directly into the mixer for amp-free recording.

MultiMix 16 USB FX features

  • 16-channel mixer with mic, line, and guitar-level inputs.
  • 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz stereo in, stereo out via USB for easy recording and playback from your computer.
  • XLR inputs with gain trim, switchable high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power.
  • 1/4-inch line-level inputs for instruments and high-impedance guitar input for direct-connecting guitars.
  • Powerful EQ: three-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 – 4, three-band on 5 – 8, two-band on 8 – 16.
  • Built-in DSP effects with footswitch bypass control and Aux buss for external processing.
  • Multicolor LED metering for visual level feedback.
  • Main and headphone outputs with independent level controls.
  • Class compliant, plug-and-play USB for Mac and PC interface without installing drivers.
  • Includes Cubase LE software for tracking and editing on your Mac or PC.

Alesis will unveil the new MultiMix 16 USB FX at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / MultiMix 16 USB FX

Numark debuts NS6, 4-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer for Serato ITCH

Numark NS6

Numark has introduced the NS6, a DJ controller for Serato ITCH which delivers massive control, mixing and I/O capabilities.

NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built in mixer and 4 decks of software control. This easy to use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to a broad range of DJs.

NS6 borrows from the popular designs of Numark’s award-winning NS7FX and V7 controllers and delivers substantial new features including the most responsive, high-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product. The wheels on NS6 deliver 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation; when combined with NS6’s automatically adjusted platter sensitivity the result is ultra-precise, high definition turntable control.

NS6 features

  • Built-in 4 Channel DJ Mixer that works with or without the computer.
  • Inputs for 4 line, 2 turntables, 2 microphones.
  • Serato’s Itch 4 Deck DJ software included.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
  • Touch sensitive illuminated wheels with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation.
  • Strip Search with track position indicator.
  • Channel assignable effects controls.
  • Mouse-less library navigation with view options.
  • Deck Controls include: Key Lock, Pitch Control, Manual and Instant Looping, Hot Cues and Beat grid.
  • NS6’s uses standard MIDI protocols enabling DJs to use it with a variety of MIDI software.

Numark will showcase NS6 at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Booth #6400, January 13 – 16.

More information: Numark / NS6

Numark debuts NS6, 4-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer for Serato ITCH

Numark NS6

Numark has introduced the NS6, a DJ controller for Serato ITCH which delivers massive control, mixing and I/O capabilities.

NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built in mixer and 4 decks of software control. This easy to use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to a broad range of DJs.

NS6 borrows from the popular designs of Numark’s award-winning NS7FX and V7 controllers and delivers substantial new features including the most responsive, high-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product. The wheels on NS6 deliver 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation; when combined with NS6’s automatically adjusted platter sensitivity the result is ultra-precise, high definition turntable control.

NS6 features

  • Built-in 4 Channel DJ Mixer that works with or without the computer.
  • Inputs for 4 line, 2 turntables, 2 microphones.
  • Serato’s Itch 4 Deck DJ software included.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
  • Touch sensitive illuminated wheels with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation.
  • Strip Search with track position indicator.
  • Channel assignable effects controls.
  • Mouse-less library navigation with view options.
  • Deck Controls include: Key Lock, Pitch Control, Manual and Instant Looping, Hot Cues and Beat grid.
  • NS6’s uses standard MIDI protocols enabling DJs to use it with a variety of MIDI software.

Numark will showcase NS6 at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Booth #6400, January 13 – 16.

More information: Numark / NS6

WINTER NAMM 2011: Numark legt im DJ-Business nach

Die Gerüchteküche hatte den richtigen Riecher: Numark kommt mit neuen DJ-Controllern um Ecke. Hallo, NS6 und DJ2GO.

Das Highlight am Numark Stand ist zweifelsohne der NS6 4-Deck DJ Controller. Das neue Controller-Schlachtschiff kombiniert modernste Steuerfunktionen mit einem hochwertigen, digitalen 4-Kanal DJ Mixer, einem USB Audio Interface und edler Verarbeitung. Die beiden berührungsempfindlichen Platter mit einer Auflösung von 3600 Ticks pro Umdrehung ermöglichen die exakte Steuerung der Tracks. Numark hat beim NS6 die Strip Search Technologie um Track Position Indikatoren erweitert. Der NS6, der zusammen mit Serato ITCH ein modernes intergriertes DJ System darstellt, besitzt wie auch der NS7 separate Bedienelemente für die mauslose Navigation innerhalb der Musiklibrary, damit sich DJs beim Gig voll auf ihre Performance konzentireren können. Dank zahlreicher Audioeingänge lassen sich konventionelle Abspieler, wie Turntables und CD-Player problemlos anschließen und in das Set integrieren. Die umfangreiche MIDI-Funktionalität garantiert ein optimales Zusammenspiel mit nahezu jeder DJ-Software.

Der DJ2GO kommt deutlich kleiner daher und setzt vor allem auf portablen Komfort.

DJ2GO ist ein Controller, der trotz seiner ultrakompakten Ausmaße eine Vielzahl sinnvoller DJ-Funktionen bietet. Zu einem günstigen Preis enthält das Gerät 2 Platter, Crossfader, Pitch- und Levelregler, sowie diverse Lautstärkeregler. Leicht und transportabel ist der DJ2GO das perfekte Gerät für ortsungebundene DJ Performances.

Numark hat außerdem neue Mixer im Programm. Der iM9 (im Bild zu sehen) bietet vier Kanäle mit 3-band-EQs, einer Effekteinheit, die synchron zum Tempo der Tracks läuft und verfügt außerdem über ein iPod-Dock. Dazu kommen zwei kleinere 2-Kanalmixer: M101 und M101USB. Letztere kann via USB Tracks vom Rechner direkt über den Mixer routen. Beide Kleinen verfügen über 2-Band-EQs.

Preise und Verfügbarkeit der neuen Geräte stehen noch nicht fest


Pioneer and Serato Audio Research introduce DDJ-S1, DJ controller for Serato ITCH software

Pioneer DDJ-S1

Pioneer and Serato Audio Research have introduced the DDJ-S1, a new DJ controller for Serato ITCH software.

Combining Pioneer’s renowned DJ hardware design with world leading software development by Serato, the DDJ-S1 offers familiarity, innovation and pure controllerism in one inspired package.

DDJ-S1 features

  • Professional Pioneer hardware design for familiar layout and enhanced control.
  • Effect control area to access Serato ITCH DJ FX..
  • USB powered for a “plug and play” connection.
  • Tight integration with Serato ITCH, offering 1-to-1 software to hardware mapping.
  • Slip mode for looping, reversing, and scratching without changing the song tempo.
  • Multiple input and output options, including balanced XLR input/output.
  • Built in audio interface.
  • Talk-over function to lower the music volume when receiving voice input from the microphone.
  • Pioneer mixer audio circuitry ensuring a clear and powerful DJ sound.
  • Laptop dock under the controller for a compact DJ setup.

More information: Serato