Canon Updates Lineup of EF L-Series Telephoto Zoom Lenses



Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced new telephoto zoom lenses: the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography.

Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series of lines.

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM features numerous updates over its predecessor, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers using Canon DSLR cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II or EOS 80D.

Optical Image Stabilization is upgraded from three stops to five shutter speed stops of correction over the original f/4 lens. The new lens also features three IS modes, each uniquely designed and suitable for a variety of shooting situations, such as the capture of still subjects, panning, or fast moving objects.

The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon ID and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4l IS II is scheduled to begin shipping in late June of 2018 with an estimated retail price of $1,299.00. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00.


The upTimer Software has been Updated



Paul Figgiani is the creator of upTimer. He became interested in creating it after seeing an ad for a physical Up Timer, which was designed to track live radio programs and air time).

In 2011, he released a software version of upTimer for the Mac. Now, upTimer 3.0 is available for download. You can download upTimer 3.0 for free from the Produce New Media website (linked above). Paul Figgiani asks that you keep him in mind for expert Podcast Audio Post, audio processing, and consulting. The 3.0 version of upTimer requires OSX 10.10.5 or later.

What’s new in upTimer 3.0:

  • The UI has been redesigned.
  • The application is now 64 bit.
  • The ceiling is somewhat flexible, allowing the user to select either a 60 or 90 minute ceiling.
  • The upTimer font color can be set to blue or yellow. The font color shifts to red when the elapsed time reaches the two minute mark (relative to the defined ceiling).
  • The operation keys are mapped to the arrow keys on a keyboard.
  • The application window checks in at approximately 745 x 340 pixels.
  • It has a running long for Date and Time string above the upTimer. Users can hide it’s visibility if they want to.

It is clear that upTimer is useful for radio and for podcasters. I think streamers could make use of upTimer to quickly check how long they have been live and to remember to take breaks. Musicians can use upTimer to help them make the best use of rented studio time.


Zoom Introduces the F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder



Zoom has introduced the Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder. It is a recorder you can depend on every day. Zoom describes it as “Some make sound. Others make history.”

When developing the F8n, it was our mission to provide every sound professional with the tools to create something exceptional. With features such as Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters, Zoom AudioMix, and mic/line options for both XLR and TRS inputs, the F8n is the next generation of professional field recording.

Features include:

Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters: The F8n is equipped with Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters that provide overload protection no mater what comes your way. By adding a 1 millisecond delay, the limiters “look ahead” anticipating clipping before it’s recorded. Limiting is applied to each of the 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 to 20 dB of headroom to ensure pristine audio on every take.

Mic Preamps: The F8n features a super-low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB). Mic/line levels are selectable for both XLR and TRS inputs.

Zoom AutoMix: Meet your new assistant sound director, the Zoom AutoMix. This smart software automatically adjusts the levels of your mix to reduce the ambient sound, so you can focus on what really matters – capturing a well-balanced mix.

State-of-the-Art Time Code: The F8n utilizes Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code 0.2 ppm accuracy, enabling rock-solid syncing of audio and video. When powered off, F8n will maintain up to 0.2 ppm accuracy. Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors.

Simultaneous-Recording: The F8n can record to an SD card and your computer via USB simultaneously. For use during livestreaming, file back-up and more. And you can easily back up your files and stream live while recording.

Dual SD Card Recording: Record simultaneously on two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, up to 512 GB each, allowing for redundant recording.

Three Power Sources: A 4-pin Hirose connector allows the use of external 9-18 volt DC battery packs. Power can also be provided by 8 AA batteries or the AD-19 AC adapter included with your device. The F8n can switch power sources at a user-defined voltage level for uninterrupted recording.

Dual-Channel Recording: The F8n dual-channel recording mode allows you to create safety tracks by doubling up the recordings from inputs 1-4 onto tracks 5-8. Tracks can be recorded independently, allowing you to customize each safety track with different gain, limiting, and more.

Pre-Record: The pre-record function allows you to capture up to 6 seconds of audio before you hit the RECORD button.


Sony Introduces RX100 VI Compact Camera



Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced another exciting model for their popular Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 VI (model DSC-RX100M6).

The innovative new RX100 VI camera is the first of all RX100 models to include a high magnification zoom lens, as it packs in an impressive ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 lens yet doesn’t sacrifice the pocket-size portability, fast responsiveness and high image quality that has become the hallmark of Sony’s RX100 lineup.

Its extensive zoom, impressive image quality and versatility for both still images and video make it an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, wildlife and everything in between.

The new model is equipped with a 20.1 MP 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and an upgraded BIONZ X image processing system with a front-end LSI that maximizes processing speed and optimizes image quality in all shooting environments.

Additionally, the RX100 VI features an incredibly efficient Fast Hybrid AF system with 315-point phase-detection AF points on the sensor that can acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time for 1.0-type sensor cameras. It can also shoot at up to 24 fps at full resolution with continuous AF/AE tracking and produces beautiful 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

The RX100 VI also has a high-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/3200 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter is also available as well if required by the user.

A first for Sony’s RX series, RX100 VI has a touch sensor that can be activated by tapping the back LCD screen, a zoom level with customizable zoom speeds, and an LCD that can be rotated 180 degrees upward or 90 degrees downward for a variety of shooting angles for the creator. There is also a Monitor Auto OFF function that boosts max number of still images by up to 30% and the camera is also Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI compact camera will ship in July of 2018 for about $1,200 US and $1,600 CA.


Enter the Fishman and Schecter Sweepstakes



Fishman and Schecter have teamed up to bring you the opportunity to win a Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-II guitar. To enter the sweepstakes, you need to fill out the form on the Fishman website before July 16, 2018.

We have teamed up with the great team at Schecter to bring you the opportunity to win a Keith Merrow KM-6 MK-II guitar. It is hand signed by Keith and has an M.S.R.P/ of $1,999.00.

It comes equipped with Fishman Fluence Keith Merrow Custom Humbuckers. Other great features include a beautiful flamed maple pearl finish, Schecter locking tuners, an ultra-thin C shaped 5-piece maple/wenge neck, ebony fretboard with compound radius, black hardware, and a Hipshot hardtail bridge.

Fishman believes that music has the power to cross cultures and continents, unifying people through the songs in their hearts and the sounds of their instruments. Fishman is dedicated to helping musicians of all styles achieve the truest sound possible wherever and whenever they plug in.

Schecter Guitar Research has solidified its elite status as one of the world’s premier guitar companies, offering electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and USA Custom Shop instruments to musicians around the world in more than 150 countries. Its continually evolving and expanding line of guitars and basses appeals to a broad spectrum of players and diverse musical styles.

To enter the contest, you must fill out the form on the Fishman website before July 16, 2018. You can enter once a day to increase your odds, and share with friends for bonus entries. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.


Accusonus Introduces Beatformer



Accusonus has introduced Beatformer, an all-in-one beat processor. At the time I am writing this, Accusonus is selling Beatformer for an intro price of $79. It is regularly priced at $99. The offer is valid through June 18, 2018.

Effortlessly shape the sound of your beats with 4 intuitive controls: Boom, Punch, Squash, and Air. Blend analog-style processing with modern digital technology. Transparently fine tune or transform your beats with the turn of a simple dial.

Features include:

  • Glue your drum mix together
  • Bring energy int over-processed loops
  • Easily enhance your beat’s dynamics
  • Add color and personal character to your beats
  • Add substance to thin sounds
  • Instantly transform the sound of your beats

Specifications for Mac OSX:

  • Versions 10.10 or later
  • AU, VST, AXX Native (64-bit)
  • RAM: 2GB (minimum)
  • Hard Disk Space: 50MB (minimum)
  • Screen Resolution: 800×600 (minimum)
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz

Specifications for Windows:

  • Versions 7 (SPI) or later
  • VST, AAX Native (64-bit)
  • RAM: 2GB (minimum)
  • Hard Disk Space: 50MB (minimum)
  • Screen Resolution: 800×600 (minimum)
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz

Accusonus tested Beatformer in the following DAWs: Apple Logic Pro 10.4, Ableton Live 10, Image-Line FL Studio 12, Propellerheads Reason 10, Presonus Studio One 3.2, Cockos Reaper 4.80. If you don’t see your DAW here, you can download the free, fully-functional 14-day trial and see if your DAW is supported. You can also play around with a live demo on the Accusonus website.


ZeeVee Brings ZeeVee ZyPer4K to InfoComm 2018



ZeeVee has been working for more than a decade to help lead the industry and develop new distribution platforms that leverage standards-based technology. ZeeVee will bring the ZeeVee ZyPer4K platform to InfoComm 2018.

The ZeeVee ZyPer4k platform allows for the distribution and switching of high definition uncompressed video, audio, and control using ZyPer4K encoder and decoder modules and off-the-shelf 10Gb Ethernet switches (both fiber and copper).

When you need the highest quality picture delivered with virtually zero latency the ZyPer4K encoders and decoders allow you to deliver uncompressed 4k AV at less than a millisecond of latency. One of the first SDVoE solutions on the market, the ZyPer4K enables any AV source to be delivered to an unlimited number of displays directly over a standard 10Gb Ethernet switch.

Using industry standard CAT 6a cables, or fiber, you can send audio and video from HDMI, SDI, Analog and Display Port source up to 100 meters – and using the USB port, control keyboards, mice, and cameras directly over your network. ZyPer4K also has a 1Gb direct network connection, ideal connecting other IP devices – without extra cabling.

By using standard cables and switches, a ZyPer4K solution can save up to 40% compared to the cost of conventional, proprietary AV switches – without sacrificing image quality, resolution, and latency.

For audio, ZyPer4K distributes both analog and digital audio to each decoder – perfect for areas that need an affordable long distance audio solution. ZyPer4K will also distribute infrared, RS-232, and IP control codes from virtually any controller, including those from AMX, and Crestron.

Visit ZeeVee at the Advanced Media Technologies booth #N1143 in the North Hall & Grand Lobby at InfoComm 2018.


Chroma-Q Unveils Studio Force II at InfoComm 2018



Chroma-Q makes award-winning entertainment and architectural lighting products that have been setting new standards of performance for a huge range of leading lighting designers, specifiers, rental and production companies, venues, shows and events worldwide. Chroma-Q is unveiling Studio Force II at InfoComm 2018.

Chroma-Q Studio Force II is a high intensity tuneable white wash light. It uses the same ColorSure technologies found in other innovative Chroma-Q fixtures to deliver consistent color across fixtures.

Using a homogenized LED source capable of delivering variable color temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colors when needed, the Studio Force II is specifically designed for TV Broadcast and film applications. It also performs particularly well in other situations demanding high quality tuneable white light such as touring key lights, exhibitions, corporate events and theater lighting.

The Chroma-Q booth will also display award-winning products such as the Color Force II RGBA LED cyclorama, wash & effects light, the Inspire RGBW color-mixing house lighting range and the Space Force tuneable white LED soft light.

Visit Chroma-Q in the A.C. Lighting booth #C3520 at InfoComm 2018.


Audified Introduces SpeakUp



Audified has introduced SpeakUp. It is a plugin designed to make creating voice-overs easier. Adjusting the volume of a spoken word in a video can be time consuming. Audified thought there could be a much easier way to edit voice-overs. So, they created SpeakUp.

SpeakUp has emerged from the necessity to simplify the process of creating voiceovers and YouTube shows. SpeakUp plugin bundle does exactly that. Applying the SpeakUp Sensor plugin on the speech track and the SpeakUp Performer on the music allows you to focus only on what is really important – your show. User friendly control allows you to adjust the plug-in behavior to suit you the best.

SpeakUp Sensor features:

  • Sensitivity – adjust the threshold of voice-over detection
  • Lookahead – tell the Sensor plugin how much to delay the speech so the music fades-out before the speech in the final render
  • Control Bus – choose up to two independent control busses if you need sophisticated scenario
  • Force Talk – push this button to be heard immediately no matter if you reach the Sensitivity threshold or not.

Sensor Mode features:

  • Ducking Amount – defines the currently applied amount (0-100%) of desired attenuation
  • Fade-out Time – transition time between 0% and 100% Ducking Amount
  • Fade-in Time – transition time between 100% and 0% Ducking Amount
  • Hold Time – keep the Ducking Amount value at 100% while there is no speech
  • Target Attenuation – set the target attenuation applied on the music track
  • Speech Frequencies Attenuation – set the attenuation of speech filter applied on your music track to enhance intelligibility of the voice-over
  • Control Bus – set the performer to listen to Sensor signals on up to two independent control busses

Automation Mode is driven by our will. You write a Ducking Amount parameter automation curve directly to your DAW (in Sensor Mode), modify it or even redraw it from scratch. Then just let the SpeakUp Automation mode do its magic. Performer is only controlled by the Ducking Amount parameter value read from DAW, Sensor signals do not have effect in this mode.


Trace Elliot ELF Wins Best Bass Amplifier Award



Trace Elliot ELF won the MIPA 2018 Best Bass Amplifier award. The other nominees for that award were DarkGlass Microtubes 500 and Orange 4 Stroke 500.

MIPA stands for Musikmesse International Press Award. It is considered to be the “Grammy” of the musical instrument sector. Every year, journalists from over 100 international trade magazines choose the best products of the musical instrument and professional audio industry for the Musikmesse International Press Award.

Trace Elliot ELF was released as part of the new Trace Elliot product lineup for 2017.

Good things come in small packages, and now Trace Elliot can add “small yet powerful” to that saying with the introduction of the ELF bass amplifier. Weighing just 1.6 pounds, this revolutionary amp is small enough to fit in your back pocket. The ELF’s remarkable technology and size make it the most portable, gig-worthy amplifier ever made. It’s an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight, but isn’t willing to compromise on tone or performance.

Features include:

  • Extremely portable 1.60 lb 0.73Kg
  • Dimensions: W = 6.75” (1.71 cm) D = 4.10” (10.4 cm) H = 1.35” (3.4cm)
  • 200W continuous into 4 ohms / 130W continuous into 8 ohms
  • Wide range input gain control with signal level indicator
  • 3-band rotary equalizer that emulates the response of the classic Trace Elliot multi-band graphic EQ filters
  • Ultra-high preamp input impedance (>10meg ohms) for maximum sensitivity when using passive pickups
  • Post EQ balanced XLR DI output with ground lift for sending classic Trace Elliot tone to a mixing console or recording device
  • 1/4” (6.35mm) headphone output for quiet practice