FujiFilm Unveils the New X-H1 Camera



FujiFilm, a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image quality, is excited to announce the new FujuFilm X-H1, featuring a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality.

The new X-H1 is the highest performance camera in the X Series line of mirrorless cameras, and the first to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a new Flicker Reduction mode that allows for stable exposure under florescent and mercury lighting, DC1 4K and other impressive video capabilities.

The X-H1 boasts a newly designed, robust and durable body, and a range of features that support shooting in various situations by professional and experienced amateur photographers, and videographers. When used in combination with FUJINON lenses and Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology, the X-H1 produces outstanding image quality and video reproduction.

The new X-H1 is the first X Series camera to feature in-body image stabilization, harnessing three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a specially-developed dual-processor to achieve approximately 10,000 calculations per second.

When combined with compensating mechanisms, the X-H1 produces uncompromised image quality and precision. 5-axis image stabilization is possible with all XF and XC lenses, with certain lenses capable of up to a maximum of 5.5 stops.

In addition, a new spring mechanism has been added to reduce micro-vibrations caused by operation of the mechanical shutter. Photographers may also choose to use the electronic front curtain shutter or the electronic shutter, virtually eliminating the effect of vibrations to maximize the benefits of image stabilization.


Fender’s Mini ’65 Twin-Amp has Classic Sound



Fender has released the battery-powered Mini ’65 Twin Amp amplifier. It allows players to take the famed Fender tone with them anywhere in a portable package replicating the classic look of the full-size Twin amp.

The Mini ’65 Twin Amp is small, but mighty. It is great for plugging in on the go, and the headphone jack is ideal for players living in close quarters or taking a jam break at the office.

From the black control plate and miniature knobs to the silver grille cloth, the Fender Mini ’65 Twin Amp replicates the classic look of the full-size Twin amp. Plug in and tap into Fender tone at a fraction of the size, wherever your next destination may be.

Features include:

  • One-watt single-channel amplifier
  • Two 3” speakers
  • Dedicated gain, volume and tone controls
  • Tilt-back kickstand and belt clip on back
  • 1/8” headphone jack and 9V adapter jack (center-negative DC power supply not included)
  • Includes 9V battery

Chase Bliss Audio will Release Two New Stop Pedals this Spring



Chase Bliss Audio makes products that are designed and manufactured in the USA, with an emphasis on supporting local businesses whenever possible. Their products are for people who want something truly different in their stompbox arsenal. Chase Bliss Audio has two brand new stomp pedals that will be available in April and May of 2018.

The Condor is an analog multi-effect that allows sophisticated control over a wide range of effects including EQ, overdrive, boost, tremolo and filter tones. The pedal has a powerful parametric mids control that ranges from 150Hz to 5kHz along with a three separate low pass filter or bass boost/cut modes. Along with expansive frequency controls, Condor has gain and volume knobs and a switchable overdrive circuit for sculpting your idea guitar tone.

Like all Chase Bliss Audio pedals, all of these settings can be stored in presets, ramped, or controlled via expression pedal. Every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog and never gets digitally processed.

Condor will be available on April 16, 2018, for $349.00.

The Thermae represents a radically new approach to analog delay and harmonization. The pedal digitally manipulates the analog signal path created by 4 re-issued versions of the legendary MN3005 bucket-brigade delay chips. This creates the ability to change delay time in musically interesting intervals which allows for innumerable options for harmonizing and other sonic madness.

These intervals can be sequenced through automatically triggered for the manually for ultimate usability in a musical context. Thermae can also be used as a more standard analog delay with unprecedented analog modulation options. Every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog and never gets digitally processed.

Thermae will be available on May 31, 2018, for $499.00.


Thronmax MDrill One Pro Microphone Now on Indiegogo



Thronmax has a history of audio engineering that began in 2009. They have a passion for making great microphones for the streaming/broadcasting industries. The Thronmax MDrill One Pro microphone is a professional streaming microphone. It is currently on Indiegogo where you can sign up to save 50% when they launch.

The MDrill One Pro provides studio grade audio without the studio price. Its beautiful design and proprietary VERTIGAIN Technology record unparalleled, broadcast quality audio. The MDrill will consistently record 10% more clearly and accurately than other USB microphones while canceling out any ambient or background noise.

The VERTIGAIN Technology allows sound waves to move vertically through the mic to increase recording quality and clarity by 10%.

The MDrill One Pro has five different recording modes, including bidirectional, omnidirectional, cardioid, stereo, and noise reduction without having to buy five different microphones. The MDrill is plug & play and does not need a driver. It supports Mac, PC, WINX, PS4 and Linux platforms. It comes in three colors.

The MDrill is designed for gamers, streamers, and YouTubers, but is also great for musicians and vocalists. It is also possible to use it in conference calls, meetings, and interviews.

Specifications include:

  • Power required: 5V300mA (USB)
  • Sample Rate: 48Khz
  • Bit Rate: 16 bit
  • Capsules: 3x4mm / 1x10mm
  • Frequency Response: 20hz-20khz

System Requirements:

  • PC/Mac with USB port
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • Apple Mac OS 10.7 or higher
  • Sony Playstation 4


Martin Unveils Trio of Affordable X-Series Acoustic Guitars



C.F. Martin & Co. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 180 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” size. Martin has unveiled a trio of affordable X-Series acoustic guitars.

Martin’s New X-Series of guitars include the DX420, the DX2Mae, and the DX1AE Macassar Burst.

The DX1AE Macassar Burst provides tone and tradition in a tough, stylish package. It is made of solid Sitka spruce that is set off by a vintage sunburst finish for a look bold enough to match the timeless sound of X-bracing and the body shape that started it all: the Dreadnought. This guitar is left-hand friendly. The list price is $849.00.

The DX2MAE was designed for those who have fallen in love with the look of Martin’s 15 and 17 Series solid mahogany guitars. The list price is $729.00.

This full-sized Dreadnought version of Martin’s recent OXMAE features mahogany high-pressure laminate (HPL) top, back and sides, a herringbone applied rosette, a high performance neck, and a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge. This warm, protective X Series guitar is stage and studio ready with Fishman Sonitite electronics and built for strength. This guitar is left-hand friendly.

The DX420 is the X-Series version of Martin’s acclaimed D-420 model form 2017. It features a custom printed illustration by visual artist Robert Goetzl. This full sized Dreadnought features an HPL printed top, mahogany printed high pressure laminate back and sides, a high performance neck taper for easy play, and an FSC certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge.


Accusonus and Noiiz Partner for Limited-Time Offer



Accusonus builds next generation audio repair and music creation software. They develop their own patented Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence technology in order to enable previously unimaginable sound processing workflows. Noiiz is building the next generation of tools for music producers. Accusonus and Noiiz have partnered on an exclusive time-limited offer.

Accusonus and Noiiz have arranged an exclusive time-limited offer for all accusonus customers. Register at Noiiz.com and get a three month free pass plus $100 off their unlimited membership until February 16, 2018.

Noiiz is a perfect partner for Regroover! Get access to unlimited loops and samples from within your DAW with the Noiiz plugin and instantly remix them using Regroover’s innovative beat production capabilities.

In order to take advantage of this offer, you must go to Noiiz.com and get give them your name and email address. You also need to create a password. Doing so will set you up with a Noiiz account for free. (A credit card is required, but you won’t be charged in the first three months – and can cancel free any time.)

Accusonus is offering a free fourteen-day trial of their fully functional Regroover. You can download Regroover from the Accusonus website. It is compatible with both macOS and Windows.


Neumann Launches Re-Issue of Famous U 67 Tube Microphone



Neumann is the world’s leading manufacturer of studio microphones and the creator of recording legends including the U 47, M 49, U 67, and U 87. Neumann has re-issued its famous U 67 tube microphone. It was the microphone that defined the sound of the sixties.

The U 67 tube microphone, introduced in 1960, was the quintessential studio workhorse throughout the formative years of modern music. To this day, many top-level engineers would choose the U 67 as their “desert island” microphone for its inimitably smooth sound and extraordinary versatility. This universal studio microphone has acquired a legendary status, and with it a large and passionate community of fans.

With three selectable polar patterns – omni-directional, cardioid, and figure-of-8 – and advanced tube circuitry, including low-cut and pad switches, the Neumann U 67 is well equipped for virtually any recording task.

Its smooth top-end with a subtle tube shimmer makes the U 67 an outstanding vocal microphone for both male and female voices. Due to its essentially linear response in the three polar patterns, the U 67 is also a very versatile microphone for all kinds of instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and upright bass.

Sonically, the current re-issue is identical to the U 67 made from 1960 – 1971. It uses the same capsule and electronic design. Key parts, such as the BV 12 output transformer, have been meticulously reproduced according to original documentation. Its EF86 tubes have been carefully selected in a dedicated measurement facility for optimal characteristics and lowest noise,

The U 67 comes in a vintage case that is – just like the U 67 re-issue – hand-made in Germany. Besides the microphone, it includes an elastic suspension, a microphone cable and the NU 67 V power supply. The power supply was redesigned to meet today’s strict safety requirements and to accommodate the slightly higher filament current of newer premium-grade tubes The new NU 67 V is fully compatible with other U 67 microphones, and automatically adapts to the local mains voltage.

The U 67 Set will be available from March of 2018.


Victory Amplifiers Introduces V30 MKII Amplifier



Victory Amplifiers has introduced the V30 The Countess MKII amplifier. It is an updated version of their first Compact Series head with more sounds than ever and a beautiful black chrome finish.

Originally developed with Guthrie Govan as his ‘flying amp’ the V30 MKII features an all-new Clean-channel Crunch mode and the footswitchable ‘Nomod’ function to offer two levels of bass response.

The original V30 has a very distinct clean and overdrive channels. There is massive headroom and clarity in the former, with a ton of heavy rocking overdrive in the latter. With V30MKII, Victory Amplifiers have added an extra footswitchable crunch mode to the clean channel – developed for V130 The Super Countess – that offers a whole pallette of pushed clean, crunch, and light overdrive tones to the party. Along with the new ‘Nomod’ function, the V30 is now the ultimate ultra-compact all-rounder.

V30 The Countess MKII key features & specification:

Format: Two channel, three-mode head

Power:
Clean Channel High Power: 42 Watts
Clean Channel Low Power: 7 Watts
OD Channel High Power: 37 Watts
OD Channel Low Power: 6 Watts

Valves: 4 x 12 xAX7, 2 x 6L6 or EL34

Size (mm): 342 (w) x 185 (h) x 185 (d)

Weight: 8.2 kg / 18.1 lbs.

Extra Features:
Footswitch: channel change / crunch and Nomod
Effects loop
Skeletonized metal case with rubber handle
Padded carry bag included


Sonnox Introduced VoxDoubler Plug-In



Sonnox introduced the VoxDoubler. It is the first plug-in of Sonnox’s Toolbox range. It is being offered at a lower price for a limited time. Sonnox is also offering a 15-day free trial of VoxDoubler.

The Toolbox range has been conceived to solve universally complex and time-consuming problems that affect beginners and audio professionals alike. Toolbox Plug-Ins leverage Sonnox’s heritage and expertise in building the highest quality, precise, and transparent-sounding audio processes available.

The VoxDoubler is presented as two separate Plug-Ins that focus on the two most common vocal doubling workflows. Vocal performances lie at the very heart of a song. Doubling vocals is a really effective way of adding more contrast, drama, and presence to the story of your song.

The VoxDoubler is comprised of two separate Plug-Ins called Widen and Thicken which are bespoke engineered to help with the two most common vocal doubling workflows. Widen generates two mono voices and pans them to the left and right of the original vocal. Thicken generates a new stereo doubled voice and overlaps it with the original vocal.

Features:

  • Generate believable double and triple vocal tracks to create width, depth, or add thickness.
  • Humanize section to adjust the Timing and Pitch of the doubles relative to the original vocal
  • Depth control to push the new doubled voices deeper into the mix
  • Tone control to prevent sibilant doubles from becoming distracting, or to brighten those that are too muddy
  • Track/Aux mode allows you to apply the effect in place or, for more advanced control, mix it in parallel on an aux return
  • A more cost-effective alternative, both in terms of initial outlay and speed of use, than more complex and manual processes
  • Engineered for vocals, but try it on instruments, too
  • Hallmark Sonnox audio precision, transparency and reliability

The VoxDoubler is available at £55.13 GBP / $79 USD (excluding taxes) for a limited time. On March 1, 2018, it reverts to the standard price of £69.00 GBP / $99 USD.


Beyerdynamic FOX Microphone Guarantees Excellent Sound



Beyerdynamic has a leading role in headphones, microphones, and conference systems markets. Their new FOX USB microphone can capture any music in any place, at any time. The beyerdynamic FOX guarantees excellent sound quality, be it for vocals or speech, for a performance with an acoustic guitar, a podcast, gaming, or Let’s Play videos on YouTube.

The beyerdynamic FOX features a high-quality microphone capsule, as found in professional studio microphones around the world. This large-membrane condenser microphone provides high sensitivity compared to common dynamic microphones. This means even quiet sounds and the finest nuances can be captured perfectly.

The cardioid polar pattern shield protects against rear-incident noise, providing ideal protection against background noise. The elastic suspension on the microphone capsule prevents structure-borne noise – eliminating footsteps and fret noises.

One of the great strengths of the beyerdynamic FOX is its simplicity. Microphone recordings normally require a preamplifier and an AD converter as well as a microphone. If you then want to listen to the recording, you’ll need a DA converter and headphone amplifier or loudspeakers.

Not so with FOX: A USB cable, a computer and a pair of headphones like the DT 770 are all you need to make first-class productions quickly and easily. The engineers at beyerdynamic have managed to fit all the components you need for professional recording into the compact FOX.

Integrated Cirrus Logic converters offer up to 24 bit at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz – that means sophisticated studio quality. But set-up is still remarkably simple: a single USB cable links the microphone to a computer, the headphones plug directly into the microphone.

The beyerdynamic FOX will be available in April 2018 in specialist stores and in the beyerdynamic online shop. The recommended retail price is EUR 179.