Sennheiser Received 5 NAMM Sec Award Nominations



Sennheiser has received five nominations for Outstanding Technical Achievement for the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. The nominations were for their AMEBO VR Mic, Digital 6000 and XS Wireless microphone systems, HD 200 PRO headphones and ‘Pro Talk’ educational video series.

The AMEBO VR Mic, nominated in the Microphones-Recording category, was carefully designed in consultation with virtual-reality content creators as an elegant solution for three-dimensional audio capture. An Ambisonics microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement, it captures the sound that surrounds you from a single point.

The Digital 6000 wireless system, nominated in the Wireless Technology category, adapts the groundbreaking Long Range transmission mode and proprietary audio codec that Sennheiser pioneered on its Digital 9000 wireless system into a two-channel receiver format. With a massive 244 MHz of switching bandwidth, an easy-to-use user interface and frequencies that can simply be placed in an equidistant grid, the Digital 6000 is a powerful, scalable tool for pristine digital wireless transmission.

Sennheiser’s XS Wireless systems were also nominated in the category of Wireless Technology. The XS Wireless systems offer powerful wireless performance across two series, XS Wireless 1 for first-time wireless users and XS Wireless 2 for users who need greater flexibility and control. A total of 11 different microphone and instrument sets ensure excellent live sound, quick setup, a stunning design, and incredible ease of use.

The HD 200 PRO Studio Headphones were nominated in the Headphone/Earpiece Technology category. These headphones offer an ideal entry point into the world of home recording and content creation, and are also the perfect partner for enjoying music with excellent sound quality.

Sennheiser’s Pro Talk Series was nominated in the category of Audio Education Technology. It brings interviews with the industry’s top sound engineers to the Sennheiser YouTube channel. The series is a valuable resource for aspiring engineers and producers of all levels to learn from the experience of luminaries.


Non-Lethal Applications Released Snapshot



Non-Lethal Applications is a software development company based in Southern Germany. Florian (Flo) Loferer is the founder, Alex Knauer is the web developer, and Leonardo Cossio Morales is in charge of design. Non-Lethal Applications released Snapshot. You can download it for free!

Snapshot is plug-in. Use it to take a picture of anything you are using in your recording session and store it in the tracks of your DAW. Snapshot gives you a simple way to remember your settings or set up, so you can recreate it when needed.

Snap it on your phone, send it to your computer, and save it in your session using the free Snapshot plug-in. You can also add notes to each instance of Snapshot. It’s like a chinagraph for the 21st century. Snapshot works with all major DAWs, uses minimal resources, and is simple to use…and did we say it’s free?

Visit the Non-Lethal Applications website to download Snapshot for Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Studio One, and any DAW that supports AAX, AU, or VST plug-in formats. Snapshot currently supports macOS 10.9 or higher.


Canon Announces PowerShot G1 X Mark III Camera



Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced a new flagship addition to its acclaimed G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Lightweight and portable without sacrificing the very best in Canon digital imaging technologies, the new G-series flagship features a 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon point-and-shoot compact camera offering.

The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, the PowerShot G1X Mark II, headlined by a larger, 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, resulting in fantastic image quality in both stills and video. This dramatic sensor upgrade pairs with a wide-angle 24-72mm (3x zoom) lens with Optical Image Stabilization featuring a wide f/2.8-5.6 aperture to allow for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images with an ISO range of 100-25,600.

Technology commonly found in Canon DSLRs and advanced cameras has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G-series as the G1 X Mark III will feature Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This feature, popular among enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00. In addition, the Canon Lens Hood LH-DC110, Waterproof Case WP-DC56, and Deluxe Leather Case PCS-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for an estimated retail price of $59.99, $499.99, and $99.99 respectively.


Own a Customized “Mad T Party” JTV Guitar



JTV is selling a total of four unique Variax JTV-69 guitars previously used by Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park. The proceeds from the sale will support the nonprofit organization MusicCares, which provides critical assistance to members of the music community.

Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the Mad T Party was a nighttime event that featured live musical performances, dancers, aerial acts, and more. The guitars used in the performance feature custom artwork by Disney artists, and are now for sale in the Line 6 online store.

Each guitar is unique. All four have been used in live performances. The artwork was applied by hand, creating minor differences in each instrument. There are also differences in the pick-up configurations. Purchasers will not be able to select which specific instrument they receive.

At the time I am writing this, the price per guitar is $2,199.99 and the availability is listed as “in stock.”

The JTV-69 and JTV-69S modeling guitars are the only guitars in the world that can sound like an entire collection of vintage instruments. By combining industry-leading Line 6 digital modeling with boutique-style craftsmanship, JTV-69 and JTV-69S put 29 amazing instruments at your fingertips.


ErgoTech Released the Freedom Lift



Ergotech creates happy and healthy ergonomic workspace solutions for LCD displays, tablets, notebook computers, and smart-phones. They have released their new Ergotech Freedom Lift. It is the newest addition to their growing Sit-Stand product line.

If your professional work involves using a computer, you probably end up sitting down a lot. This is true for writers, musicians, programmers, coders, website designers, podcasters, and those who edit audio. The Freedom Lift can help all of these professionals to be able to work while standing up.

Freedom Lift is an incredibly versatile workstation. It combines the freedom of movement you get from an articulating monitor arm with the lifting capabilities of a sit stand desk. The keyboard tray can be folded away when it is not in use.

Utilizing the technology found in our articulating monitor arms, Freedom Lift gives you a wide range of motion that allows you to place your monitor and keyboard/mouse right where you need them. The weight of the monitors and accessories is supported by a powerful gas-spring counterbalance which can hold up to either 19.8 or 28.6 lbs., depending on the model.

Tech Specs:

  • Keyboard Height Adjustment Range: 19.4”
  • Weight Capacity: Support 19.8 lbs max
  • Monitor Size: Up to 32”
  • Monitor Weight: 4.4 to 17.6 lbs
  • VESA Compatibility: 75mm & 100mm
  • Keyboard Tray Dimensions: 26.2” wide x 10.2” deep
  • Warranty: 5 years

DJI Reveals the Zenmuse X7 Professional Aerial Cinematography Camera



DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, introduced the Zenmuse X7. Designed to work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone, the Zenmuse X7 delivers superior image quality, interchangeable lenses, and a new DJI Cinema Color System for post-production to give film and video professionals more creative freedom.

The Zenmuse X7 is equipped with a Super 35 video sensor featuring 14 stops of dynamic range for more detail in low-light conditions. Its low-noise image capture enhances grading flexibility by preserving details in both highlight and dark areas while enabling a shallow cinematic depth of field.

To meet rigorous requirements of filmmakers and television production professionals, the Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera. It is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG Raw or 2.7 ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS to integrate seamlessly into industry-standard post-production workflows.

The Zenmuse X7 uses a dedicated aerial mount system, the DJI DL-Mount, featuring an ultra-short flange focal distance to carry prime lenses optimally. Available with focal lengths of 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm, each lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 and is crafted out of carbon fiber, making them durable and lightweight for high-performance aerial cinematography with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.

DJI has also introduced a new DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) making the Zenmuse X7 an asset on every film set for movies, TV series, commercials, documentaries, and more.

DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during the post-production process. The D-Log further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate color for quick and easy post-processing.

The Zenmuse X7 camera is priced at $2,699 USD. The 16 mm, 24 mm, and 35 mm lenses will be available for $1,299 each, and the 50 mm for $1,199. Customers can purchase the Zenmuse X7 prime lens combo including all 4 lenses for $4,299.


Samson Launches G-Track Pro Professional USB Microphone



Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio solutions, launches the G-Track Pro, a complete recording solution for capturing vocals and/or instruments. It is ideal for musicians, podcasters, gamers and streamers.

The G-Track Pro is a multi-pattern USB condenser microphone, audio interface, and mixer all-in-one. It delivers up to 24-bit studio quality sound with zero-latency monitoring, providing everything needed to make professional recordings from start to finish.

The G-Track Pro is currently available for $149.99 at Best Buy and will be available at major CE and MI retailers on November 30, 2017.

Multi-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
Easily connected to any Mac or PC device via USB, Samson’s G-Track Pro features dual 1” (25mm) condenser capsules within a solid die-cast enclosure. The mic offers three selectable pickup patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional) for handling a variety of recording applications. The G-Track Pro comes with a heavy-duty desktop base that can be adjusted for optimal mic placement. Alternatively, it can easily be mounted to any standard mic stand with Samson’s SP04 shockmount (sold separately).

Audio Interface
With the G-Track Pro, singer/songwriters can quickly capture vocal and instrument performances simultaneously with one device. Users can simply connect the mic via the included USB cable (no driver installation required) to a digital audio workstation software and begin recording immediately. The G-Track features a standard 1/4” instrument input for recording bass, keyboard, and other line-level devices.

Built-in Mixer
The G-Track features a built-in mixer with independent Mic and instrument volume controls to customize mixes. The 1/8” stereo headphone output provides zero-latency monitoring complete with advanced monitoring mix controls. It also features a Mute button that silences the input signals when needed, ideal for podcasters and gamers.


Monolith – Create Your Own Beat Machine



Monolith enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely. Monolith is on Kickstarter and has 20 days to go (at the time I am writing this).

Monolith was created by NOEL-KIT, an electronic musician who plays in DUB-Russell. The band is a Japanese electronic music group that started in 2010. All of their original sounds are created with Cycling ’74 Max software. This Kickstarter introduces you to the beat-machine that NOEL-KIT has been developing for the past decade.

Cases:

* For Production and Mastering: You can create the original environment with multiple sequencers and synths, samplers, and effects.

* For Live Performances: Monolith supports Ableton Live Link. You connect to the same network and jam with others using multiple devices running Link-enabled software without MIDI cables.

* For Musicians: Monolith can be used just as multiple effectors. Using an external input, you can create your original programmable effects set-up.

There is a lot of detailed information on the Kickstarter about operative modules, sequencers, synths & samplers, and effectors. It also has details about the console and sound & effect modules.

System requirements:

Recommended:
CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (or higher)
Memory: 2GB RAM (4GB or higher recommended)

Macintosh:
OS: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.x (or later)

Windows:
OS: PC with Windows 7 (or later)


Vixen Mixer is on Kickstarter



The Vixen Mixer is a Volca-sized mixer for Korg Volcas, small synths, and external fx. It includes multiple power options and a unique hub for powering Volcas. The Vixen Mixer is made by KVgear, and is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this, the Kickstarter has 27 days to go.

KVgear was founded in 2013 with the initial goal of developing accessories to be used with Korg Volca synths. KVgear is run by Mike Rafferty who has been a mechanical engineer for 30 years with the past 20 in new product development for a wide range of clients.

The Vixen Mixer is described as “the mixer that Volca lovers have been wanting for years.” It has 8 channels, panning, mutes, 2 aux sends/returns, and onboard power for 8 Volcas. It can be powered by batteries or the included AC power adapter.

The images of the Vixen Mixer on the Kickstarter are of the special limited edition blue version. They are all gone, and that specific Kickstarter reward is not longer available. The standard version will be in black.

The Vixen Mixer can be powered from any of three sources: external AC-DC power supply included with each mixer; internal battery compartment for 6 AA batteries; or high capacity, rechargeable external 9 VDC battery attached to the power input jack on the Vixen.

Audio Specifications:

Channels 1-6
* Mono 3.5 mm input jack (accepts TR or TRS plug)
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob
* Pan knob
* Aux Send 1 knob
* Aux Send 2 knob

Channel 7
* Stereo 3.5mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

Channel 8
* Stereo 3.5 mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

AuxSend 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) mono jacks

Aux Return 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R
* Stereo gain knob

Main Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R

Phones Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack


REDD Microphone Nominated for NAMM TEC Award



Chandler Limited is the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture, and market the “Official Equipment” of EMI/Abbey Road Studios, delivering the classic analog sounds that recoding and professional musicians seek. Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios celebrate the 33rd annual NAMM TEC Awards nomination for the REDD Microphone.

Each year, the NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media. Award categories span 23 Technical Achievement and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The NAMM TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry.

The REDD Microphone from Chandler Limited’s EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic series is a large diaphragm tube condenser microphone, featuring Chandler’s Founder and Chief Designer, Wade Goeke’s unique “microphone and mic preamp in one unit” design. Developed for Abbey Road Studios, it is the first microphone to wear the EMI brand since the 1930s.

Chandler Limited’s REDD Microphone couples a custom, premium platinum membrane capsule to the historic EMI REDD.47 tube amplifier circuit, adapted for use inside the microphone body. The configuration dramatically reduces distance between the capsule and preamplifier allowing for driving the line as close to the source as possible, resulting in a purer form of audio transmission.