Get a Free Line 6 Relay G10T Wireless Transmitter with Spider V Purchase



Line 6 LogoYou’ve put in the hours and hours of rehearsal time. You’ve dealt with all the drudgeries of booking the gigs. When it’s time to finally get up on stage and show the world what you’ve got, you don’t want to be tied to an instrument cable trailing off behind you.

Live musicians have relied on wireless transmitters to give them complete freedom on stage for years. The concept is pretty simple. Players connect a small cable to a transmitter pack, usually clipped onto a guitar strap, and that transmitter carries the instrument’s signal to a receiver that runs it thru an amplifier and then on to the rest of the house.

And while the concept may indeed be simple, the process of making a wireless transmitter reliable and usable is no easy task. That’s where Line 6 came in with its Relay G10T wireless system. Unlike traditional systems that require a transmitter pack, the Relay G10T is a single piece of kit that connects directly to an instrument’s input jack, no cable required.

Guitarists who’ve already purchased one of Line 6’s newest amplifiers, the Spider V, can take advantage of a limited-time opportunity to pick up a Relay G10T transmitter for free. This offer is open to U.S. customers only, and some restrictions apply. This promotion ends on July 31, 2017.


Build Your Own Waves Plugin Bundle for a Limited Time



Waves LogoAudio production plugins. Sometimes, they come in ones and twos. Sometimes, they come preloaded with your digital audio workstation. And other times, they come in bundles. These plugin bundles can be a handy way to get more bang for your plugin buck, as plugin developers will often offer a discount on bundled purchases.

Usually, these bundles are pre-made by plugin developers. So, if you only want one or two plugins from a specific bundle, you’ve still gotta buy the whole pack. Renowned plugin maker Waves is breaking that mold, if only temporarily, by holding a special build-your-own-bundle sale, featuring many of the company’s popular audio processing tools.

The sale works like this: You pay full price for the first plugin you buy, then you get 25% off the second plugin, 30% off the third, fourth, and fifth plugins, and 40% off the sixth plugin and beyond.

Waves boasts that this sale contains more than 180 plugins, which is way too much to try and list here. Just a few of the plugins included in this sale:

  • CLA-2A Compressor/Limiter
  • SoundShifter
  • Bass Rider
  • Codex Wavetable Synth
  • NS1 Noise Suppressor
  • L2 Ultramaximizer
  • IR1 Convolution Reverb
  • OneKnob Filter
  • NLS Non-Linear Summer

The Waves build-your-own-bundle sale is on for a limited time. Be sure to check the fine print, as some restrictions apply.


HOFA System 1.5 Available Now



HOFA System 1.5 logoIf you’re into audio production (and we’re guessing that if you follow this blog, you probably are), then you love plugins. And the only thing better than the plugins you have now, is getting more plugins. Because then, you have more plugins. And as we covered above, you’re an audio producer. Who loves plugins.

The engineers at Germany’s HOFA software company understand this need for MOAR PLUGINS. That’s why they developed a plugin system called… System. Now, you know how plugins work. You add them one at a time to your tracks and then twiddle their various knobs and sliders for days at a time. And that works fine. But HOFA looked at that and thought, “Hey, Dawg. We heard you like plugins so we put more plugins in your plugins.” HOFA System itself is a plugin but it’s made up of a whole series of effects and processors that run inside System, thus giving you a plugin that’s essentially made up of other plugins.

HOFA began previewing System last year and plugin lovers cursed that they’d have to wait for an official release. But the wait is over, as System 1.5 is now officially on the street.

HOFA is offering introductory pricing for System 1.5 at $59.99 euros. This initial price point expires August 31, 2017.


Get Stagelight DAW Free for a Limited Time



Stagelight logoYou can never have enough digital audio workstations. But it can be expensive to buy more than one. That’s why it’s great when a new DAW hits the market for the super low price of FREE.

Open Labs, the makers of Stagelight, have partnered with musical equipment retailer Sam Ash to offer the digital audio workstation for free, for a limited time. Stagelight is a cross-platform application that runs on Windows, macOS, and Android (iOS version coming later this year). Open Labs describes Stagelight as:

With Stagelight, you can make beats, mix loops and create multi-track songs without ever having to leave the app. Stagelight comes with a complete sound library that includes a powerful drum machine, onscreen instruments and presets for your voice and other acoustic instruments.

Some features of Stagelight:

  • Integrated drum machine with step sequencer, AutoFill function lets users swipe to create simple beats with a single gesture, import samples and build your own kits
  • 3-voice synthesizer with 2 LFOs and built-in effects, realistic vintage keyboards and pianos, sampled electric basses, sampled acoustic and electric guitars, vintage organ sounds, 3-voice PWM synthesizer
  • Equalizer, compressor, delay, flanger, bitcrusher, chorus, filter, limiter, reverb effects
  • Works with built-in sound cards or external audio I/O, including MIDI controllers

You can get your free copy of Stagelight by clicking the above link and following the instructions there. All that’s required for the download is a promo code (available on the linked site), a name, and an e-mail address.


Canon Announces Two New DSLR Cameras



Canon announced two new DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR cameras provide photographers wth improved features over predecessors.

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR cameras designed for advanced-amateur and entry-level photographers, respectively.

The EOS Mark II camera is ideal for budding photographers looking to take their creative DSLR photography skills to the next level by shooting with a Full-frame CMOS sensor DSLR camera to capture beautiful high-quality portraits and striking landscapes, even in low-light situations. The EPS Rebel SL2 is a small, light, and compact camera with high-performance capability that allows users to get creative when capturing their special family moments or travel experiences.

EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera
Designed with enthusiast photographers in mind, Canon’s popular and versatile EOS 6D DLSR camera historically served as the gateway for enthusiasts to step-up to Full-frame DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera features several enhancements over its predecessor model, and its benefits include:

* 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
* Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
* Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
* DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000
* Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
* Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS technology
* High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps
* Dust and water-resistant

EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera
This small but powerful camera features the world’s fastest AF speed at 00.3 seconds, allowing for quick focusing on subjects in the frame.

When designing the new EOS Rebel SL2 camera, Canon took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning how to go beyond a camera’s program mode. The result was the creation of a convenient new user interface called the Feature Assistant. The EOS Rebel SL camera features several other enhancements over its predecessor model, the EOS Rebel SL1, including:

* 24.3 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
* Dual Pixel CMOS AF
* 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen
* Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth Technology
* Full HD 60p & External Microphone Input
* DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-25600
* Optical Viewfinder with a 9-point AF System
* Feature Assistant
* Small and Lightweight Body


Audified inValve Effects Plugin Now on Sale



Audified EffectsThe rise of digital audio production tools has forever changed the landscape of the medium. It might be fun to wax nostalgic over the recording studios of the past, with their rooms of big, bulky gear that looked really cool on photographs inside of a record sleeve. But for all their glory, those studios weren’t accessible to most. You had to be well connected and flush with cash to gain entrance. And while today it’s easier than ever to produce high quality audio with nothing more than a laptop, one thing that many producers long for is that “warm valve” tone that came naturally with all of that big, bulky gear.

Audio engineering companies have worked for decades to try and replicate the richness of valve-based gear using only software algorithms. A recent entrant to this arena is Audified with its inValve Effects plugin. This plugin includes:

  • inValve Preamp: A precise software emulation of a tube amplifier. Adds warmth and smoothness you’ll need for analog-sounding mixes.
  • inValve Compressor: Emulation of a standard analog tube-based compressor.
  • inValve Equalizer: A four-band parametric equalizer with additional hi-pass and lo-pass filters.

The inValve Effects plugin can be used natively on Windows and macOS-based DAWs that run AAX, AU, or VST plugins. inValve Effects normally retails for $49 but the plugin is on sale for a limited time for $19.


NextDrive Spectra Is the World’s Smallest 32-Bit DAC Headphone Amp



NextDrive SpectraWhen it comes to the audio production process, it’s easy to get obsessed with things like sound treatments, microphones, processors, mixers, and monitors. While those can all be important components of any session, one thing that’s easy to overlook is the headphone amp.

Audio producers have debated for decades about whether it’s a good idea to mix or master audio over headphones. And while it’d be great to always have a fully furnished mastering suite at your fingertips, for many modern producers, that just isn’t possible. And that’s where having a product like NextDrive’s Spectra 32-bit DAC headphone amp can really come in handy:

The combination of a DAC and amplifier, Spectra’s ESS 9018Q2C DAC chip is best-in-class, delivering an unprecedented dynamic range and ultra low distortion for a true high-end Hi-Fi experience. With ultra-low power consumption, Spectra is then ideal for great mobile listening. And with its studio-grade performance, it’s … perfect for your working sound-card for composing and mastering tracks on-the-go.

And:

Spectra is built to deliver not only portability, but performance. Integrating a DAC, headphone amplifier, and audio switch into one, the ESS 9018Q2C chip performs at a level of -110dB THD+N and +121dB DNR. With patented HyperStream Modulator, Revolver DEM, and patented jitter eliminator, it all adds up to better audio clarity, with improved noise reduction, fewer artifacts, and greater instrument separation.

NextDrive Spectra comes in USB Type A and Micro USB versions. It can be purchased directly from NextDrive for $149.


Rebates Available for Line 6 Wireless Guitar and Vocal Systems



Line 6 LogoPlaying live in front of a crowd can be a great experience. But one thing you definitely don’t want to worry about as a performing musician is your gear getting in the way of that next killer riff or vocal run. Modern players often work with a small army of accessories and effects to fine tune their sound. All of those extra devices come with attendant cables and cords which can get downright complex! That means eliminating even one cable from the mix can save a lot of hassle.

Wireless guitar/microphone systems have been around for decades. But musical-instrument manufacturer Line 6 has done a lot of work in recent years to improve the wireless experience for musicians. The company has designed six different wireless systems. Right now, Line 6 is offering rebates to anyone who purchases one of these systems:

  • Relay G90 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
  • Relay G75 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
  • Relay G70 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
  • Relay G55 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate
  • Relay G50 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate
  • Relay G30 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate

This rebate offer from Line 6 is available only to customers with U.S. mailing addresses. Eligible products must be new, not used or refurbished, and must be purchased from authorized Line 6 dealers.

The rebate offer is active now and ends on July 31, 2017. Visit the Line 6 website for complete details.


SlingStudio Is a Multi-Camera Video Production System



Sling StudioMost video consumers have probably heard of products like the Slingbox, produced by Sling Media. Slingbox has multiple offerings that let people stream video from different sources, including broadcast TV, to almost anywhere in the world. Given its background in developing this consumer-focused technology, it’s only logical that Sling Media would step over the fence into the video-production side.

Sling Media’s first big foray into the production world comes with the recent launch of the SlingStudio:

SlingStudio is the industry’s first affordable, wireless, portable multi-camera production solution that lets users of all skill levels record, monitor and edit four HD video inputs from up to 10 connected cameras and smartphones. SlingStudio can output live video to streaming services like Facebook Live and YouTube, and simultaneously record to a USB hard drive, USB SSD or SD card for post-production.

Sling Media is clearly acknowledging the rise of live-streaming online video, and recognizing the needs of producers who’d like to take their video productions beyond simple, static, one-canera presentations. Not only can SlingStudio ingest multiple video sources like DSLR cameras, video cameras, smartphones, and personal computers, it can also send those multi-cam feeds to platforms like YouTube Live and Facebook Live while making a local recording of those video presentations.

SlingStudio Hub is the central piece to the SlingStudio system and it’s currently priced at $999. Additional accessories for SlingStudio can also be purchased that extend the device’s functionality.


Reimagine Your Digital Audio Samples with Accusonus Regroover



Regroover LogoAudio producers usually have a large library of digital samples. But how many times can you hear that same set of sampled drum or bass loops before they start getting stale? One way to breathe new life into those old samples is to manipulate them into something that sounds entirely different. That’s exactly what Accusonus is doing with its new Regroover software:

Create new sounds from old or simply adjust the volume of individual elements inside a loop. Regroover uses Artificial-Intelligence to extract layers from within your previously recorded beats and samples. Once Regroover analyzes the file, you are able to make your own drum kits and combine them with external sounds to make new beats, loops and your own unique Expansion Kits.

Regroover allows you to:

  • Unmix your loopes and create new beats and music
  • Play or program the sounds from inside your loops to produce new rhythms and grooves
  • Dial in volume, panning, and effects of individual layers of your mixed beats for better balance or more variety to your looped patterns
  • Extract strange and new sonic elements for experimental grooves and soundscapes

Regroover from Accusonus comes in two versions. Regroover Essential has all of the core features you’ll need to get creative with your samples, while Regroover Pro allows you to experiment with layers, effects, and more.

Regroover Essential retails for $99. Regroover Pro is priced at $149. Both can be purchased from the Accusonus Store.