Soundelux USA Announces U99 Microphone



Soundelux USA has announced the U99 Microphone. It is made in the USA by David Bock and its components have been carefully auditioned and selected for the best sound and lowest noise, not to satisfy a spread sheet. The mic comes with its own proprietary N470 power supply, six pin XLR cable, and bottom thread shock mount.

Inspired by the “Sound of Tomorrow 67”, Soundelux USA announces the U99 multi-pattern tube microphone; a versatile, high-quality workhorse mic that rises to any task a studio can throw at it.

Featuring a k67 dual symmetrical backplate dual membrane capsule along the signature Soundelux USA “fat” switch featured on the U195 microphone and an innovative new high frequency “boost-flat-cut” switch, the U99 has enough proximity effect to sound full, but not so much that it sounds “boomy.” This makes it a natural on vocals, acoustics instruments, and drums thanks to an onboard pad switch. The added benefit of allowing the user to set the brightness and fullness characteristics of the mic via switches means unrivaled flexibility for the engineer, producer, or artist.

As all Soundelux USA mics, the U99 uses a “new old stock” tube and true linear high current power supply for fullest possible sound. The electronics circuit differs from the vintage 67 in its departure from non-removable frequency shaping components and the removal of gain controlling negative feedback. It also feature a larger output transformer to radically increase the low frequency headroom.

The Soundelux USA U99 Microphones carries a US MSRP of $2,599 and will be available in March 2017. Visit Soundelux at NAMM booth #6799A.


AVerMedia 4k Capture Card Evolves with NewTek NDI



AVerMedia has announced support for NewTek’s NDI, a software-driven live production IP workflow over Ethernet. In doing so, AVerMedia has become a member of the NewTek Developer Network. Joining the industry’s largest IP ecosystem with hundreds of NDI-ready commercial products and the rapidly expanding number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows, AverMedia’s NDI-ready products allow them to be recognized and communicate with other NDI-readied applications and devices connected to the Ethernet network.

NewTek’s royalty free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades while utilizing every IP video source on the network instantly.

Gone are the days of bandwidth and hardware restrictions for 4K video streaming. Coupling NDI with AVerMedia’s 4K PCle capture card, live 4K video can be accessed flawlessly over the network while the IP-based workflow simplifies the creation and distribution of high quality media production. The advantages of AVerMedia SDK incorporating NDI means network users accessing the 4K stream also gain AVerMedia 4K capture card’s video processing functionalities such as resolution scaling, de-interlacing, and color-space conversion.

AVerMedia is also supporting NDI version 2.0, the recently updated software development kit (SDK) from NewTek The NDI SDK is royalty free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in commercial products and applications they deliver.

Building on the widely adopted and ground-breaking NDI announced at IBC 2015, NewTek’s NDI version 2 adds higher performance, resolution independence, 16-bit per channel support for the highest precision color of any IP standard, 16 channels of floating point audio, improved cross subnet support, integrated fail-safe support, network-based re-routing support, and more.


Samson Announces QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier



Samson, a leader in professional live and studio audio products, announced the QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier. The QH4 is designed to distribute audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume making it perfect for tracking multiple performers in a studio, podcast recording, or recreational music listening. The QH4 is also ideal for use with any studio or desktop workstation, as well as with laptops or smartphones when recording on the go.

Samson’s QH4 includes 1/4″ inputs to connect with a mixing console or studio interface, and a stereo 1/8” Aux In for playing music via a smartphone or MP3 player. Individual headphone outputs allow users to connect up to four sets of headphones, each with its own independent channel volume control, as well as a Master volume control for overall level adjustments. Also provided is a stereo 1/8” Aux Out for daisy chaining multiple QH4s together and a master Mute button for silencing all outputs.

Stereo channels may be combined using the QH4’s key feature, the Mono button, before audio is sent to headphones, allowing listeners to check for phase issues, mono compatibility or when monitoring tracks that are split left and right. The Mono button also allows you to take a split left and right feed from a stereo interview and send both tracks to each side of your headphones, ideal for quickly monitoring a split track podcast or recording.

The QH4 is available now for $69.99. Visit Samson at NAMM 2017 in Hall A booth #6900.


HOFA SYSTEM 1 Now Available for Presale



HOFA SYSTEM logoThe usefulness of modern digital audio workstations (DAWs) can be expanded greatly thru the use of plugins. Most DAWs come packed with more plugins than many audio producers are likely to ever use. Still, there’s a robust market of third-party developers creating many kinds of plugins, most of which are compatible with all of the major DAWs in use today.

HOFA is one such plugin developer. The company recently announced its SYSTEM 1 plugin is now available for presale. SYSTEM 1 isn’t necessarily an audio processor on its own. Instead, SYSTEM 1 makes it easy to combine different HOFA plugins together, so producers won’t have to rely on their DAWs’ method of selecting and ordering plugins within their projects:

After inserting a HOFA SYSTEM plugin, you just drag modules like EQs, compressors, reverbs etc. out of the browser into the free space – simple as that. The modules are automatically connected from left to right.
You can drag as many modules as you like and change the sequence anytime.

Along with being able to arrange plugin modules, SYSTEM 1 also has some customization options:

With the trimmer at the bottom right you’re able to change the size of the plugin. Under “settings”, you can also choose the fontsize and the size of the modules.

If you drop a module on top of or below another module, you immediately have multiband functionality at hand.

HOFA SYSTEM 1, which includes a total of 15 modules including AlgoVerb, is now available at the presale price of 49.99 euros. To learn more about HOFA SYSTEM 1, check out the company’s YouTube channel.


Take Control of Field Recordings with Zoom F-Control



Zoom F ControlZoom has been a leader in portable audio recording technology for over a decade. The company’s H series of recorders are particularly popular with podcasters and journalists. For remote productions that require more than what the H series can provide, Zoom has developed the F series, specifically the F8 and the F4. These devices provide a level of flexibility that can be extremely useful to those creating multitrack audio. Now, Zoom is taking its F series to a new level with the upcoming F-Control.

The name says it all when it comes to F-Control. This device isn’t a recorder itself. Instead, it’s a control surface that makes producing audio with either the F8 or the F4 much more fluid and dynamic. The F-Control provides a bank of sliders for controlling audio levels, along with other tactic controls that make it easier to handle the audio coming into an F series device:

F-Control works intuitively with the F8 and F4 to give you additional mastery over sound design and mixing, as well as broaden your creative possibilities. It connects to your F8 or F4 with a single USB cable, so you can keep your setup clutter-free and be ready to record in seconds.

F-Control makes recording and mixing easy with nine 60 mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. Monitoring channel and output levels is simple with 12-segment LED meters, three user-programmable buttons, and a dedicated time code button.

To learn more about F-Control, click the link above. The device is currently available for preorder thru many online vendors, usually for $349.00.


Echo Pitch App Creates New Sonic Possibilities



Echo Pitch logoMusicians and audio producers are always looking for new ways to extend their sonic palettes. For years, creating new sound textures required racks full of hardware, or other effects processors that came in the forms of pedals or dedicated computer applications. But the mobile computing revolution that’s taken hold in recent years with the advent of smartphones and tablets has made it much easier to put powerful audio-processing applications in the palm of your hand. The latest example of this phenomenon comes courtesy of a new iOS app called Echo Pitch:

Echo Pitch pitch-shifting multi-delay for iPhone. Echo Pitch has 4 delays where each delayed signal can be pitched one octave up or down in 1/2 steps, and can function as a 4 voice harmonizer. Echo Pitch also has a built-in looper, amp simulator and reverb. Each of the four delays can be routed into the other for incredible, swirling, ambient washes and otherworldly sounds.

The developers of Echo Pitch recommend that the app be used on an iOS device with an external audio interface, such as the IK Multimedia iRig or Fender Slide. The app is available for download in the iOS App Store for $3.99.

This video provides a good demo of the Echo Pitch app.


Netflix Now Using VP9 Codec on Some Devices



Netflix logoPopular video-streaming service Netflix made a significant change to how it works when it recently announced it’d allow users on mobile devices to download complete videos, instead of offering only streaming. It was a smart move on behalf of Netflix, as it gives mobile users the ability to download movies and TV shows on Wi-Fi and then consume those videos where they may have limited (or no) internet access.

And while that flexibility may solve one problem (access to Netflix content), it can create another; maxing out available storage. Modern mobile devices run the range from 8GB to 128GB of storage. And with modern devices doing more and more, internal storage exists at a premium. The new offline mode provided by Netflix wouldn’t get much use if it filled up users’ devices after one or two sessions. With this in mind, Netflix had to devise a way for those downloaded files to use as little space as possible:

One of the biggest differences between shows you download and shows you stream on Netflix is the video format, or codec, the company is using. For streaming, Netflix has been using H.264/AVC almost exclusively. However, users who download Netflix shows to most Android devices instead receive content encoded with VP9 — an open source video codec developed by Google that uses a bunch of advanced encoding tricks to deliver the same video quality with significantly less data, or a better video qualities with the same amount of data.

As VP9 is a Google-developed codec, it’s not currently supported by Apple. For now, Netflix is using a slightly modified version of H.264 on iOS devices. Apple hasn’t yet indicated if it will support VP9 in the future.


Livestream Offers Holiday Discount and Free Mevo Camera



Livestream logoMedia-streaming service Livestream is offering a special holiday discount on its streaming service, along with a free Mevo camera:

Get 20% off any annual Livestream platform plan through December 23. Receive a free Mevo, the pocket-sized live event camera, with your Enterprise purchase.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to take their live internet broadcasting to a new level in 2017. Livestream has proven to be one of the most robust and reliable media-streaming services available, with an array of professional-grade applications that make it easy to get a live stream up and running in short order.

Livestream’s holiday deal is sweetened by the inclusion of a free Mevo camera. The Mevo is a compact but powerful 4K camera that makes it easy to do multi-camera style productions with just one camera:

The app allows users to select specific sections of a live video and then “cut” to those sections as closeups, creating a multi-cam experience for the viewer. Filming a concert and you’d like to cut between a wide shot of the stage along with closeups of invidicual players? No problem. Just tap on one of the performers in the Mevo iOS app and the camera does the rest for you, switching seamlessly from the wide shot to the closeup.

Livestream’s 20% holiday discount and free Mevo camera are available to enterprise users only. For more information, click the link at the top of this article and fill out the form to be contacted by Livestream sales staff.


Propellerhead Offers Holiday Deal on Purchase of Reason 9



Reason 9 Holiday OfferReason is a popular digital audio workstations used mostly by musicians. The software’s developer, Propellerhead, is offering a special holiday deal for purchasers of the latest version of Reason 9, the latest version of the program:

Holiday offer: Buy Reason 9 now and get over €/$430 worth of best selling instrument and effect Rack Extension plug-ins for free!

Buy Reason 9 now – get all of this for free:

Synapse Antidote ($139/€139) FREE
The best selling Antidote synth is one of the most versatile and sweet-sounding instruments available for the Reason Rack.

Synapse GQ-7 Graphic Equaliser ($99/€99) FREE
The GQ7 is a professional mixing and mastering equalizer, offering five band of quality parametric and shelving EQs and realtime visual readout of your signal.

Propellerhead Radical Keys ($99/€99) FREE
Useful for all styles of music, Radical Keys is a collection of classic electric pianos in a great-sounding package.

Propellerhead Rotor ($49/€49) FREE
Rotor brings the sound of the classic rotary speaker design from the 1940’s to the Reason rack.

Propellerhead Synchronous ($49/€49) FREE
Animate your pad, wobble your bass or glitch up your samples. Synchronous is a creative effects modulator that will bring any sound to life.

The Reason 9 holiday deal can be purchased for $399. That price includes Reason, the above listed promotional offers and many other sounds/plugins already bundled with the application.


FoxFury Announced New Cordless Nomad Lights



foxfury-cordless-nomad-t32-and-t56-lightsFoxFury Lighting Solutions creates unique and cutting edge lighting products that reflect the needs of their customers, who demand quality and dependability. FoxFury is best known for its niche LED headlamps designed for specific markets. They have added to their Nomad line of professional lights.

FoxFury announced its new cordless Nomad T32 and T56 production lights for on-location photo and video work. The self-contained lights feature a built-in rechargeable battery system and tripod legs for use anytime, anywhere, including underwater. They were previewed at the 2016 NAB Show.

The Nomad T32 Production Light has a color temperature of 32,00 Kelvins. The Nomad T56 Production Light has a color temperature of 5600 Kelvins. Both are built for assisting the user with field of visibility. Both have a color temperature that is ideal for use in daylight.

Each is durable enough to withstand strong wind currents. Both are a compacting unit with adjustable feet, a telescoping bullseye level, are highly portable, and have an internal power source.