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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
First off, there are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic. Unlike most digital recorders, however, you can choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. This means you can use the R-26 to capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture.
The Roland R-26 supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording so you can record from all three mic sources. It has a large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation - no more scrolling through never ending menus with a jog wheel!.
The first thing I noticed with the R-26 was the extra large input-level knobs for fine adjustment. These make adjusting levels so much easier than tiny buttons, and will be perfect for recording outside in the cold and I want to leave my gloves on!
The R-26 also includes a built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage and it has a Loop-Back function which means you can combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Ebox-44 features four RCA inputs, four RCA outputs, ¼” headphones output with volume control, and ¼” microphone input with gain control. The four inputs support turntables thanks to the built-in phono preamps, ground post, and phono/line switch. The four inputs and outputs have blue LED activity indicators.
The included low latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers means flawless performance on both PC and Mac. The Ebox-44 is great for use with DJ software including Virtual DJ and Traktor, audio recording and production software like Logic, Cubase, & Live, or even everyday applications like iTunes.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4" line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.
Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional Level Align feature to avoid volume jumps. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a speaker and chromatic tuner. Transfer recordings to computer using the USB 2.0 jack. Other features include overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting and low cut filter, and much more – all with TASCAM’s simple-to-use interface. No other recorder makes home or live recording as simple as the TASCAM DR-40.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Perfect for TV & Radio reporting, live video streaming to the web, video blogs / YouTube uploads plus ideal for family and domestic use.
Designed with professional use in mind, the AR-4I features a long operation time with 2 x AAA alkaline batteries for 8 to 10 hours, is supplied with a sturdy hand grip and has two threaded tripod mounts on the bottom and side for use with tripod, camera rigs, etc.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The AudioBox 1818VSL is a great value as it offers high-end 24-bit, 96 kHz converters; Class A XMAX preamps; ADAT optical I/O; S/PDIF coaxial I/O; word-clock output; and MIDI I/O, housed in a heavy-duty, rack-mount metal chassis.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you'd rather be "making music" than just "using music software," Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Free Maschine Expansion:
Purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRObetween November 1 and December 30 and get your choice of MASCHINE Expansions free. Two free with MASCHINE, and one free Expansion with MASCHINE MIKRO — each worth $59. Free Expansions are provided by NI when you register.
Free Traktor Software:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
SESSION STRINGS PRO is far more than just a string library. Creating natural, expressive string tracks in the highest possible quality has never been more immediate, or more rewarding.
The sound of SESSION STRINGS PRO is close, detailed and intimate — an essential alternative to orchestral strings. Meticulously sampled and designed to sit well in the mix, each of the four ensembles consists of five instrument groups: full ensemble, four violins, three violas, two cellos and two basses. Play full ensembles, mapped across the keyboard, or individual instrument groups.
SESSION STRINGS PRO provides detailed control, right down to the amount of bow noise. Choose between classic or pop instrument placements. Experiment with close and wide microphone positions, or combine two ensembles for a full, widescreen sound. Based in Hamburg, Germany, e-instruments specialize in intensely detailed sampled instruments. Thomas Koritke and his team have succeeded in capturing the clarity, warmth, and character of these strings, using the very best equipment for outstanding sound quality. Every note is expertly played by virtuosos from Europe’s top orchestras, and the instruments used were hand-picked Italian antiques, including an exquisite cello from 1685.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
If you’ve been looking for a way to get great sounding drums, or if you’ve been thinking about expanding your options with EZ Drummer or Superior Drummer, now is a great time to act!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is Native Instrument's most professional 2-deck controller on the market. With pro credentials throughout, the 2.1 design couples the most essential items for any DJ — 2 decks and a mixer — with controls for multi-effect units and a third channel for samples. Set it up in an instant and dive right into the mix.
Rugged and highly portable, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the only controller of its size to come with the full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 included - the same software that pro DJs of all genres use. With TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside, the S2 is tuned for maximum intuitiveness and creativity – resulting in an intensely fluid and fun mixing experience.
The included TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the culmination of 10 years of experience as the industry-leading DJ software platform. Its ease-of-use and astounding creative arsenal are built on the concept of TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside.
Right out of the box you’ll instantly find yourself exploring the deeply inventive yet incredibly simple looping functions. At the push of the loop encoder, grab and set loop lengths that you can even change while its running. Layer up those loops in each of the eight Sample Deck slots. Bring the Sample Deck sounds into the mix via the ingeniously simple Samples knob.
Four ‘Hot Cue’ buttons per deck let you jump to any part of the song without dropping a beat – if the button is lit, a cue point is set – just hit the button and launch the track from that position. Rearrange, re-edit and remix tracks on the fly – blur the boundaries between a DJ set and a live performance.
This compact and portable unit was built by the same team and with the same components that brought you the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 – the wildly-popular market-leader that revolutionized the all-in-one DJ system. Robust knobs and backlit buttons let you know what’s going on at all times. Two high-quality, pressure-sensitive jog wheels deliver total track control and easy pitch bending and tempo nudging.