Good Design Awards 2018 Selects Four Yamaha Designs



Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion. Good Design Awards 2018 selected four Yamaha products: VOCALOID keyboard VKB-100; digital piano P-121 and digital piano P-125; digital piano P-515; and Hybrid piano system TransAcoustic TA2. (P-121 and P-125 are counted as one item).

All the award winning designs have the same fundamental Yamaha design philosophy behind them. This philosophy calls for creating products that realize the goals of “being loved and used for the long term”, “gradually increasing in value over time”, “having simple designs”, and “achieving a balance between carefully selected materials and a beautiful finish”.

The VOCALOID Keyboard “VKB-100” was selected for the Good Design Best 100. It is available only in Japan. The keyboard “sings” lyric input in real-time and matches the notes on the keyboard to the song. Using the keyboard and buttons, singing style and melody can be changed freely in the performance venue.

Digital Piano “P-125” and “P-121” are new models in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. These instruments combine an authentic piano sound and keyboard at an affordable price. The digital piano is compact and simple, but also combines the rich sense of volume and texture of an authentic piano.

The P-125 features the same 88 keys as an acoustic piano. The P-121 features a smaller, 73-key keyboard that reduces the size and weight of the instrument without sacrificing the enjoyment of playing.

Digital piano “P-515” is the high-end model in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. The P-515 features piano sounds sampled from the flagship Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos. With a wooden keyboard extremely close to that of an acoustic grand piano with high-grade piano sound, we can enjoy superb piano performance.

Hybrid Piano System “TransAcoustic TA2” piano transmits digital sound directly to the piano soundboard. This system makes it possible to control volume without losing the rich sound only an acoustic piano can provide.


BOSS Announced Two New Waza Craft Compact Pedals



BOSS announced the DC-2W Dimension C and MT-2W Metal Zone, the latest additions to the acclaimed Waza Craft lineup of premium compact pedals.

Like all Waza Craft models, the new pedals feature original BOSS analog designs that have been infused with the artful refinements for enhanced performance and versatility. With the introduction of the DC-2W and MT-2W, the Waza Craft series now expands to include eight unique models.

The DC-2W Dimension C ushers in the return of two legendary BOSS and Roland effects from the 1980s. Designed in the Waza Craft analog tradition, the DC-2W offers not just a perfect sonic recreation of the original DC-2 Dimension C pedal, but also the legendary SDD-320 Dimension D studio rack effect it was based on.

DC-2W users can choose between DC-2 and SDD-320 modes with a panel switch. The pedal provides the same intuitive four-button preset interface found on the original effects, now evolved with electronic switching that unlocks sonic variations on the vintage units. Across the DC-2Ws two effect modes, 20 different Dimension variations are possible with just four switches.

First released in 1991 and in continuous production ever since, the MT-2 Metal Zone is loved by guitarists everywhere for its thick, rich distortion and distinctive mid-focused tone. Infused with Waza Craft mojo, the MT-2W takes the iconic stomp to new levels of tonal range and versatility.

The MT-2W features a dual-stage gain circuit enhanced with discrete analog components, plus a refined EQ circuit with smoother midrange tone and unique Q values specially tuned for the pedal’s focused Metal Zone tone, while Custom mode introduces a fresh, wide-ranging voice that’s perfectly suited for today’s diverse high-gain styles.


Get iZotope’s Vocal Doubler for Free



Vocal Doubler is being offered by iZotope as a free product. To get it, you need to visit the iZotope website and get your serial number. As far as I can tell, this is not a limited time offer.

Get thicker, more engaging vocal sounds with the new Vocal Doubler plug-in, an easy-to-use and powerful tool for creating doubled vocals instantly. Vocal Doubler creates polished doubling effects with an intuitive interface and one low price – FREE.

The iZotope Vocal Doubler is a free plug-in designed to enhance your vocal with a natural doubling effect, adding richness and depth. Their acclaimed doubling technology has been reimagined with a brand new interactive UI dedicated to helping you achieve a great double faster than ever.

Vocal Doubler is perfect for placing directly on your vocal track and just adding a touch of space to make it stand out in the mix. Using “Effect Only” mode, you can also create multiple doubled vocals on different tracks to further customize your sound.

System Requirements:

Mac: OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) – macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)

PC: Windows 7 – Windows 10

Plug-in Formats: AudioUnit, AAX (64-bit), AAX-AS (64-bit AudioSuite), VST 2, VST 3

Supporting Plug-in Host Applications: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9-10, Pro Tools 10-12018, Cubase 9.5, Nuendo 8, FL Studio 12, Studio One 3-4, Reason 10, Audition CC 2018, Premier Pro CC 2018, Digital Performer 9


Line 6 Introduced HX Stomp



Line 6 has introduced HX Stomp. It is a professional-grade guitar processor that delivers the sound of Helix amps, cabs, and effects in an ultra-compact pedal.

Whether you prefer to play through a traditional amp-and-pedal setup, or go direct onstage in the studio, HX Stop seamlessly integrates into a variety of environments and applications.

Utilizing the same DSP and HX Modeling technology as its bigger Helix brethren, the HX Stomp guitar pedal nonetheless fits easily onto your pedalboard, or even in the pocket of your gig bag.

There are over 300 amps, cabs, and effects – including a looper. HX Stomp contains all the same HX models found in Helix family products, as well as the legacy effects library from Line 6 M-Series pedals, and stompbox modelers, and modelers such as the DL4. Use it as a “super stompbox,” a backup fly rig, an add-on tone expander when combined with other modelers, an audio interface – or even a complete guitar or bass rig.

Features include:

  • 300+ Helix amps, cabs, and effects – run up to 6 simultaneously
  • Legacy effects from M13, M9, M5, DL4, MM4, FM4, and DM4
  • Capacitive-sensing footswitches with color-coded LCD rings
  • Industry-leading 123dB of dynamic range for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise
  • 4-Cable Method and re-amping connectivity, stereo effects loop.

Eventide’s New SP2016 Reverb is On Sale Now



Eventide announced that their New SP2016 Reverb is on sale now. The SP2016 Reverb is regularly priced at $249.00 but is on sale now for $79.00. An iLok account and an Eventide account are required for purchase. The sale will end on October 31, 2018.

Get the legendary reverb sound that professional engineers, mixers and musicians have relied on for almost 40 years. Receive special introductory pricing on the new SP2016 Reverb plug-in for a limited time.

The SP2016 reverbs have attracted a loyal user base using a particular blend of art and science – the end result is an effect that sounds natural and distinctive.

The plug-in includes authentic emulations of Room, Stereo Room, and Hi-Density Plate algorithms, each available in two versions: Vintage and Modern. The Vintage algorithms are true to the original box, all the way down to the bit-depth. The Modern algorithms are brighter, more diffuse, and use a higher bit-depth.

The algorithms naturally emulate every aspect of the sound of a real physical environment – from the complex early reflections, to the natural way in which the echo density increases with time, to the smooth Gaussian decay of the reverb tail. It’s a powerful simulation that lends itself to parametric control.


Leica SOFORT Camera Now Available in Black



Leica announced the latest edition of the Leica SOFORT camera. Alongside the models in White and Mint, Leica is now offering the camera in matte black finish with the same popular features and functions of the existing models.

Created by the Leica Design Team, all versions of the Leica SOFORT share the same unmistakable looks. The special highlight of the black version is that the product name SOFORT is picked out in white lettering around the camera body.

In addition to the modes Automatic, Party & People, Sport & Action, Macro and creative programs for multiple and time exposures, the Leica SOFORT also offers a program for self-portraits with a self-timer with two different delays. To ensure best results every time, the camera automatically adapts parameters such as the exposure time and aperture to the program the user selects.

Flash triggering can either be left entirely to the automatic flash function of the camera, or users can turn it on or off, depending on the pictures they want to take. To make things easier when shooting self-portraits, the Leica SOFORT also features a rectangular mirror on the front.

The focusing distance of the Leica SOFORT can be set separately, regardless of the selected program mode. Depending on the choice of the close-up or long distance setting program mode, this means that the camera offers even more creative freedom when making pictures.

A comprehensive range of accessories is also available for the Leica SOFORT. A black-and-white film is now also available alongside the color film. Both film types are available in packs for ten exposures. The color film is also available in double packs for twenty pictures.


Kodak Released Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film



Kodak announced the availability of the highly anticipated Kodak Ektachrome Film line. It is expected to be a favorite among professional and enthusiast photographers alike.

Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film E100, available from Kodak Alaris, will immediately begin shipping to distributers and stock house dealers worldwide. The new film will initially be available in 135/36x camera format.

Kodak Ektachrome 7294 Color Reversal Film in the Super 8 format will also be available beginning October 1, 2018 from Eastman Kodak Company. Availability of Ektachrome products in the 16mm format will follow later this year.

Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film E100 and Kodak Ektachrome 7294 Color Reversal Film are daylight balanced color positive films, featuring clean, vibrant colors, a neutral tonal scale, and extremely fine grain.

The distinctive look is well suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature and fashion photography. Kodak also anticipates a strong demand for Super 8 and 16mm products for use in commercials, music films, and features.


Tether Tools Introduces ONsite Power



Tether Tools introduces ONsite Power, a suite of portable power solutions that harness the power of D-Tap batteries to charge AC and USB powered devices such as laptops, camera batteries, LED monitors and lights, tablets, phones and more – wherever power is needed.

With the ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply and accessories, we’re proud to provide a robust, versatile solution for photographers, videographers, and digitechs to keep their laptop powered, charge up camera batteries and other gear on location.

ONsite Power includes four new products, available in early November of 2018:

ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply: ONsite Power is a travel-friendly, long-lasting, and versatile power solution made possible by the ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply. When paired with any standard D-Tap battery, the ONsite Power Supply provides two AC outlets and four fast-charging USB ports to keep photographers and videographers powered on the go.

With no TSA travel restrictions, the ONsite D-Tap tp AC Power Supply is designed for easy travel and provide a versatile power source anywhere in the world. Available in both US 110V version and international (universal) 220V version.

ONsite D-Tap Battery with V-Mount: The ONsite D-Tap Battery with V-Mount, featuring premium LG lithium-ion battery cells, is designed for use by photographers and videographers in studio and on location.

ONsite Aero V-Mount: The ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply and ONsite D-Tap Battery with V-Mount can also seamlessly integrate with the Tether Table Aero laptop mounting system with the help of the new ONsite Aero V-Mount. The streamlined solution secures the ONsite system to the Tether Table Aero, powering a laptop during long shoots while keeping a safe and secure work environment,

ONsite AC Power Supply Car Adapter: The ONsite AC Power Supply Car Adapter allows you to plug in your ONsite D-Tap to AC Power Supply to any automobile DC 12V lighter socket. It is ideal for travel and location shoots.


FujiFilm Launches Fujifilm GFX 50R Mirrorless Digital Camera



Fujifilm is launching a rangefinder style GFX 50R as the latest model in the GFX Series of medium format mirrorless digital cameras incorporating a large sensor approximately 1.7 times the size of a full-size 35mm image sensor (43.8mm x 32.9mm). The GFX 50R will be released in November of 2018.

The GFX 50R produces ultra-high image quality by incorporating Fujufilm G Format Image Sensor with 51.4 million pixels, high-speed image processing engine X-Processor Pro, the high resolution FUJINON GF Lens, and Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology accumulated for more than 80 years.

Its lightweight and compact body – minimum width of 46mm and a weight of 775g – makes GFX 50R an ideal tool for snapshots, documentary photographs and portals.

Fujifilm introduced the GFX 50S as the first camera in the GFX Series in February 2017. With its compact, lightweight body and center viewfinder style, the GFX 50S proved popular among professional and high amateur photographers impressed with its image quality and mobility.

While maintaining the same ultra-high image quality as the GFX 50S, the GFX 50R caters to the needs of photographers who wish to use a camera designed with a compact lightweight body and simple operability like a traditional camera with the rangefinder style.

Features include:

  • Rangefinder style
  • Compact and lightweight body
  • Weather resistant structure
  • 43.8×32.9mm 51.4MP CMOS medium format sensor
  • X-Processor Pro
  • 2.36M-dot touchscreen LCD back panel
  • FUJINON GF Lens

Accusonus Licensed Advanced Audio Repair Technology to Adobe



Accusonus, a leading provider of machine learning-based software products for audio repair and music production announced it has licensed its patented single-channel noise and reverb removal technology to Adobe.

The Accusonus audio repair algorithms enable high-quality audio enhancement within easy-to-use, fast and efficient workflows. The new technology will be incorporated into the next releases of Adobe Premier Pro CC, and Adobe Audition CC, both part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

In addition to the noise and reverb removal technology in the upcoming releases of Adobe Premier Pro CC and Audition CC, Accusonus offers a suite of Enhancement and Repair of Audio (ERA) single-knob plugins and will soon be introducing two new offerings available for separate purchase: The ERA De-Clipper and ERA Voice Leveler.

With these new additions, the standard Accusonus ERA Bundle – which includes ERA Noise Remover, ERA Reverb Remover, ERA De-Esser, and ERA Plosive Remover – will total six plugins.

All Accusonus ERA plug-ins have been tested extensively and work seamlessly within Adobe Premier Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC. Each of these solves an important, common audio problem by offering high-quality processing in a streamlined workflow. The ERA Bundle Pro adds ERA-D, a joint de-noise and de-reverberation tool that offers a dual channel workflow and spectral band processing.

Acusonusus’ ERA Bundle plugins run on both Windows and Mac platforms.