HANSY1010 Synthesizer is on Kickstarter



The HANSY1010 synthesizer was created by Lacaud Gilles, who is an electronic and software engineer that has worked in the audio field for more than 20 years. The HANSY1010 is a hybrid mono/duophonic synthesizer. It is on Kickstarter and had reached its funding goal. At the time I am writing this, it has 22 days left to go on Kickstarter.

The HANSY1010 can produce some warm analog sounds but also digital sounds. It has a 24 steps sequencer and an arpegiator. You can imagine a lot of sounds with it. The HANSY1010 uses a variable sample frequency technology to have great sound even on higher notes.

Specifications include:

  • Duophonic Hybrid synthesizer: Mono or Duo Mode
  • Large Interface with 4*40 LCD and OLED (128*64)/ 8 Potentiometers / 16 Push Button and one Joystick
  • 256 memory locations
  • Digital Oscillators /Analog Filter 4 poles
  • Resonance Keyboard tracking positive or negative Oscillator
  • waveform Legacy waveform: Sine/Tri/Saw/Square/PWM/Random
  • Special waveform: TriSquare/SawSquare/Pro2/MKS
  • Wavetable: over 4300 wavetables
  • Noise generator
  • Transpose and detune
  • Phase Distortion
  • One Sub Osc per Osc
  • Sub Waveform: Sine/Tri/Saw/Square/Pulse1/Pulse2/Pulse3
  • Sub Type: -2/ -1/ 0 Octave or 5th Up or 5th Down
  • Combi between OSC and SubOSC ADD/ MULTIPLY/ XOR/ ENTERLACE
  • Matrix EG
  • 24 Step 6 Parameters per step Transpose/ Velocity/ Cutoff/ Gate/ Glide / Noise


Enter the Spider Groove Instagram Contest



Line 6 is the company that introduced the world’s first digital modeling amp. They also are the ones behind the groundbreaking POD multi-effect. Line 6 is also known for its Variax guitars, and they recently introduced the Helix TM. This December, Line 6 is holding a Spider Groove Instagram contest.

Want to showcase your musical creativity and expand your rig? Enter the Spider Groove Instagram contest for your chance to win a free Helix Floor guitar processor and a 3-tone sunburst James Tyler Variax guitar – a value of $2899.98.

To enter the contest, you must do three things:

  • Dial up the “Pasadena Rock” drum loop on any Spider V amp
  • Record a video of your original creation (maximum 60 seconds)
  • Post your video to Instagram with the hashtags #SpiderGrooveContest and #Line6

The winner will receive a Helix Floor guitar processor and a 3-tone sunburst James Tyler Variax (JTV-69) guitar. The deadline for entering the contest is December 31, 2017.

Every contest has some terms and conditions that apply. Those who want to enter the contest should read it over. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age (or older). You do not have to own the Spider V amp that you use in your contest entry. It’s ok to borrow one. The winner will be notified by email on or about January 8, 2018.


Anthem One is Massively Modular



Anthem One is a revolutionary lighting product. It’s lifespan is 2,000 times longer, twice as bright, and 1/4th the cost of a metal halide system. While the lifespan of other lighting systems is calculated in hours, Anthem One is calculated in decades.

Anthem One uses Anthem Light Cards, swappable solid-state wafers coated with an array of micro LEDs. Anthem Light Card has the punch of a metal halide system without any of the flaws. Additionally, Anthem Light Cards are available in a wide variety of light fields; UV, visible spectrum, and IR, allowing customers to select the perfect Anthem Light Card for their specific industry.

Anthem One is 1/4th the size of a comparable metal halide system. At 140mm (5.5 inches) cubed and 3.45 kilos (7.6 pounds), you can fit it in your hand. Anthem One’s hidden neo-dymium magnets, 1/4-20 bottom-socket, and dual Kensington ports allow you to mount, strap or lash Anthem One to bikes, cars, drones, stabilizers, rails, tracks and pipe.

Anthem One is massively modular. Neo-dymium magnets are hidden throughout Anthem One. Snap two Anthem One’s together and you have a light source as powerful as an 800 watt HMI (metal halide) lamp. Four output a massive 120,000 lumens from a 280mm (11 inch) square face.


Rode Microphones Introduces the Rode AI-1



Rode Microphones is a uniquely Australian owned and operated audio company. They have introduced the new Rode AI-1 USB Audio Interface. It makes home recording with a microphone or instrument easier than ever.

Rode’s AI-1 Audio Interface is the perfect step into home recording. It is stacked with incredible technology to ensure recording on your computer is easy, versatile, and sounds superb. The Complete Studio Kit comes with the AI-1, Rode’s peerless NT1 large diaphragm condenser microphone, a shock mount, a pop-shield, standp-mount, Rode XLR cable and USB-C/A cables to transfer data from your AI-1 to your computer, and power – including 48V phantom power to your AI-1.

The AI-1’s single input is the Neutrik Combo Jack. It takes both a 3-pole XLR (common to most microphones) and a quarter-inch jack common to most electrical instruments like guitar and bass.

The AI-1 Studio Kit is available for purchase now. The AI-1 will be sold separately soon.


Willcox Guitars Releases All New Saber Base



Willcox Guitars is the exclusive home of LightWave Systems optical pickups. They have released the all new Saber Base with their exclusive, patented LightWave Analog Optical Pickup System. It is a forward thinking high performance professional instrument with a ultra responsive tone unlike any other.

The Saber Bass features a chambered swamp ash body with resonant chambers to enhance the tone, as vibration is key to coaxing the most sound from the wood. It also includes a beautiful AAAA flamed maple top, black basswood quarter sawn composite fingerboard and is available in 3 modern two tone satin finishes.

The Fretless model is renowned for its highly convincing upright bass tone and immediate response. The Fretless model also comes with a slash sound hole. All Saber Bass orders now come with a Premium Gator Ultralight Case to keep your instrument safe during transit.

The Saber Bass can be customized. You can choose 4-strings or 5-strings. It can be fretted, fretless (lined), or fretless (unlined). The finish options include: Transparent Natural, Transparent Violin, or Transparent Black. The price of the Saber Bass ranges from $1,899.00 to $1,999.00.


Canon USA Introduces Three New HD Camcorders



Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions, introduced three new compact and lightweight Full HD camcorders, the Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21. Delivering first-class optics, powerful sensors and a range of versatile features, these camcorders are perfect for a broad range of video productions.

The Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders each provide videographers with a spectacular 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lens allowing a user to easily capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful optical zoom lens allowing a user to easily platform deliver great performance in low-light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 60p at 35bps.

Wide DR mode supports the smooth compression of high luminance areas to achieve 600 percent DR making it possible to shoot with smooth color gradation and suppressed overexposure. This is applicable to any shooting environment where the difference between light and dark areas is prone to causing overexposure. Flexible image expression is supported by a Slow/Fast Segment function that enables users to select shooting speeds from 0.4x to a maximum of 1,200x, and a Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging.

These camcorders are capable of recording in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, simultaneously, to Dual SD card slots. All camcorders offer HDMI, headphone jack, optional GPS support and the XA15 and XA11 models offer XLR professional audio terminals. Additionally, the XA15 model also features a HD-SD1 output.

Comprising of a compact and lightweight body, each camcorder is ideal for high-action shoots when both speeds and mobility are essential. Dynamic Mode provides 5-Axis image stabilization-roll axis, horizontal roll, up-down and left-right – to help facilitate smooth image capture in various styles of fast-paced shots. The VIXIA HF G21 is identical to the XA15 and XA11 in performance, but does not include a handle.

The Canon XA15, XA11, and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders are all scheduled to be available at the end of December 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1899.00, $1399.00, $999.00 respectively.


IK Multimedia Announces iRig Keys I/O



IK Multimedia announced iRig Keys I/O, the only keyboard controllers with 25 or 49 full-size keys for iOS, Mac and PC to offer built-in high definition audio input/output and a massive software bundle are now available worldwide.

The iRig Keys I/O features a professional 96kHz/24-bit capable audio interface including a Class A preamp with combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input including phantom power, 1/4” balanced stereo outputs and a high quality 1/8” headphone output ideal for use with the latest iPhone. All of this makes iRig Keys I/O the ideal creative tool for studio live use.

Including all the controls users would expect from a premium keyboard, iRig Keys I/O has 8 velocity sensitive multicolored pads and 2 programmable touch-sensitive sliders along with touch sensitive transport buttons and knobs in a ultra-portable package that is a snap to connect and set up.

Both iRig Keys I/O 25 and 49 are the smallest and lightest full sized keys on the market making them the best solution for working in small spaces and for traveling musicians. In addition to running USB power or an optional power supply (that can simultaneously charge an iPhone or iPad), they are the only truly mobile devices that can also work on AA batteries.

Being Apple certified MFi keyboard controllers (“Made for iPhone and iPad”), iRig Keys I/O will work out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port including the latest generation of iPhone. The included USB cable provides a simple connection to Mac and PC computers.

With an unmatched selection of IK software and apps along with Ableton Live 9 Lite, everything needed to make a complete finished creations out of the box is included like the full Sample Tank 3 sound and groove workstation, Syntronik Pro-V vintage synthesizer, T-RackS Deluxe mix and mastering suite and more, as the ultimate production station.


Leica Expands Leica APS-C System with the Leica CL



Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio with a new camera that unites innovative technologies, extremely easy handling and iconic design: The Leica CL. Its ideal balance between state-of-the-art technology, mechanical precision and compact construction makes it the perfect everyday companion – especially for spontaneous and discreet pictures.

One of the outstanding features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology developed by Leica especially for this camera. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the EyeRes viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages. As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

In combination with the high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee maximum picture quality in all photographic situations. The Leica CL is not only an impressive still picture camera, this also applies to moving pictures captured with its video function at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The Leica CL is also equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android. In addition, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles.


Blue Microphones has Black Friday Sales



Blue Microphones, creators of award-winning microphones for audio professionals, musicians, and consumers, has Black Friday deals. Their sales started November 24, 2017, and will continue through Monday, November 27, 2017.

Information about Blue’s Black Friday sales can most easily be found on their Twitter account. To make a purchase, you must visit the Blue Microphone’s website.

Assassin’s Creed Yeti Streamer Bundle
Includes a custom Assassin’s Creed Yeti microphone and the Assassin’s Creed: Origins video game.
On sale now for $109.99

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Yeti Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands video game.
On sale now for $109.99

Ninja’s In Pajamas Pro Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Lola headphones
On sale now for $249.99

Ninja’s In Pajamas Ultimate Pro Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Mo-Fi headphones
On sale now for $299.99

Yeti Microphone
The world’s #1 USB Microphone that helps you produce studio-quality recordings every time
On sale now for $99.99

Mix-Fi Headphones
Studio-grade headphone that lets you hear your recordings with unmatched depth, clarity and power.
On sale now for $199.99

Satellite Headphones
A wireless over-ear headphone that lets you hear more of your favorite music wherever you go that has patent pending noise cancelling (ANC) technology.
On sale now for $299.99


Allen & Heath Launches New 96kHZ SQ Mixer Series



Allen & Heath has unveiled its new 96kHZ SQ series of digital mixers for live sound, AV and installation.

The SQ-5 and SQ-6 mixers are founded on Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHZ FPGA engine, delivering class-leading high resolution audio with a latency of <0,7ms. SQ-5 has 16 onboard preamps and 17 faders and is 19” rack mountable, while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps and 25 faders.

Both consoles can be expanded up to 48 inputs via a family of remote expanders and feature an audio networking slot for optional Dante, Waves and other card formats, expanding the scope for system integration, FoH/monitor splits and multitrack recording.

A built-in SQ-Drive makes it easy to capture high resolution 96kHz stereo and multitrack recordings direct to a USB drive. SQ can also be hooked up to a PC or Mac via USB to become a plug 'n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant 32×32 audio interface, with MIDI and DAW Control capabilities.

Allen & Heath's DEEP processing plug-in architecture allows boutique compressor and preamp emulations to be added to the SQ mixer and embedded directly within its inputs and mix channels without adding system latency or setup hassles. SQ also features a fully integrated Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM), handling conferences, panel talks and TV shows.

The SQ user interface marries a capacitive touchscreen with an accompanying set of illuminating rotary controls. Channel and mix layouts can be configured to fit the audio professional's own workflow, with color displays and custom naming on all strips. SQ-5 features 8 softkeys, allowing further customization, while SQ-6 has four assignable rotary controls and displays in addition to its 16 softkeys.