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StreamTV Networks Ultra-D 3D Glasses-Free Display at CES 2018



StreamTV Networks is a Philadelphia based new media company. Their mission is to enable consumer media experiences by advancing the evolution of display technology from a flat 2D world to an immersive one made possible in 3D without glasses. You can experience award-winning glasses-free Ultra-D 3D at CES 2018.

ShowStoppers is the global leader in producing press and business events in the United States, Europe and Asia for more than 23 years. CES 2018 is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). CES is the global stage for innovation. CES 2018 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 9 – January 13, 2018.

Stream TV Networks will show their award-winning Ultra-D 3D glasses/goggles free display featuring 16 million pixels at CES ShowStoppers. Ultra-D is the only technology poised to take full advantage of hi-res panels now available from the world’s leading panel makers. With Ultra-D, more pixels means more depth – a value-add that consumers can really appreciate.

ShowStoppers will be at CES 2018 in the Central Hall booth #10939.


Toontrack Released The Rock Foundry SDX



Toontrack was founded in 1999 and is located in Sweden. Toontrack designs tools for musicians, songwriters and producers. Their products inspire, streamline your workflow, and give your sound a world-class end result. Toontrack released The Rock Foundry SDX.

The Rock Foundry SDX features 65 GB of raw, unprocessed drum sounds recorded by the most notable, influential, and sought-after engineer/producer of our time: Bob Rock.

The Rock Foundry SDX was recorded at Bob Rock’s studio The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC, and designed to give you the most flexible selection of drums, ambiences, and options possible.

It’s configured as two individual SDXs, one “Main” and one “Mono”. The “Main” features six kits captured with a traditional multiple microphone technology whereas the “Mono” configuration was recorded using a minimal setup. In addition to the seven individual kits, a large selection of extra snares, kicks, and cymbals are provided, making The Rock Foundry SDX an incredibly broad pallet of raw material to use to craft drum mixes within the powerful framework of Superior Drummer 3. (Note: The Rock Foundry SDX requires Superior Drummer 3.)

Features:

  • Seven individual kits plus alternative configurations
  • Recorded by Bob Rock at The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC
  • Ludwig, Ayotte, Gretch, Dunnett, Yahama among the brands covered
  • Six hi-hats, six ride cymbals, 15 crash cymbals
  • Mix presets by Bob Rock included
  • A basic selection of custom MIDI drum grooves included

Roland SPD-SX Special Edition Now Available



Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. The Roland SPD-SX Special Edition is now available.

Roland announced the availability of the SPD-SX Special Edition, an enhanced version of the popular SPD-SX Sampling Pad. The SPD-SX Special Edition offers all the functionality of the standard SPD-SX with greatly expanded onboard storage capacity. Users can store up to 16 GB of samples on board, eliminating the need to carry external memory.

The SPD-SX Special Edition also features a distinctive Sparkling Red finish, and includes an Ableton Live Lite software license to maximize music production and sample creation workflow with the instrument.

Roland’s SPD-SX Sampling Pad is the professional touring standard for triggering custom samples, loops, and even complete backing tracks. It also supports real-time sample capture via its exclusive Multi-Pad Sampling function.

With its expanded memory, the SPD-SX Special Edition supports up to 50 hours of mono sample storage. This allows busy players to load all the studio-quality WAV samples they need into the instrument, offering greater convenience and versatility when using the sampling pad in different live performance and recording situations.

Integrating the SPD-SX Special Edition with the included Ableton Live Lite music software forms a highly flexible production and sample creation setup. Sounds played in Ableton Live Lite can be sampled in the SPD-SX Special Edition, and sounds played on the pads can be recorded into the software.

The SPD-SX Special Edition can also be used as a MIDI pad controller for recording expressive MIDI tracks in Ableton Live Lite or any popular DAW. Connecting the sampling pad to a computer requires only a USB cable.

The SPD-SX Special Edition also comes with Roland’s SPD-SX Wave Manager software. Via a friendly interface, users can import audio files directly from the computer to the instrument, assign samples to pads, and easily organize a library with thousands of samples.


Acorn Amplifiers’ Elevenuator Attenuator



Acorn Amplifiers are located and growing from Atlanta, Georgia. They create entirely hand-built all-tube guitar and bass amps with the goal of achieving supreme guitar tone with maximum versatility using simple, yet carefully crafted circuits. They are the makers of the Elevenuator Attenuator.

Each amp is made with hand-picked, individually measured components of the highest quality and assembled by pro amp techs who are not only musicians, but also fervent tube amp aficionados. No corners cut, no PCB construction, and no compromise on any part of the amp build; meaning that this gear is built to last a lifetime and tuned to deliver unparalleled guitar tone, YOUR tone, year after year.

The Acorn Amps Elevenuator gives you the ability to achieve those lively, tube-saturated guitar tones at much more reasonable bedroom volumes. With a 50W power handling and an ‘any impedance’ speaker input jack, the Elevenuator offers six different levels of attenuation, with the final, lowest level wired to a separate control to bring your volume down to 1-2 watt levels while retaining all of the sonic tube saturation.

Features:

  • All hand-built and hand-wired
  • Compatible with any impedance speaker(s) – 2 ohm, 4 ohm, 8 ohm, or 16 ohm
  • Reactive load attenuator – meaning it behaves more like an actual speaker than most fixed resistance attenuators on the market
  • 50 watts of power handling
  • Six different levels of attenuation
  • Big, solid-feeling controls mounted to a compact metal enclosure

Tiffen Launched Micro-LED Lowel Go Lite



Tiffen has a mission to create the world’s greatest images. For over 75 years, their strategy has always been to succeed through direct customer interaction and feedback by creating innovative products and services. Tiffen has launched the Micro-LED Lowel Go Light.

The Go Light is a compact and versatile lighting solution for photo and video. At its base, the Go Lite is an incredibly bright 5500K host LED light that can be used on the camera or handheld.

The Go Lite is a whole lot more than just one light. Using the included accessories you can have a daylight diffused light, a tungsten diffused light and a daylight soft box. The light is powered by four AA batteries.

Weighing at under a pound, this easy to carry light takes capturing images and videos to the next level. The Go Lite comes with an AF assist function which will light up when the shutter button is half-pressed.

Product Specifications:

  • Light source: 54 LED lamp beads
  • Color Temperature: 5500K/3200K
  • Color rendering: 90+
  • Illumination angle: 55°
  • Average Life: 50000h
  • Power: 4 AA alkaline cells or AA Ni-MH cells

Designed for the utmost power and portability, the Lowel Go Lite provides convenience and versatility at an affordable price point, making it the ideal tool for any on the go filmmaker or photographer.


Kodak Mini Shot Instant-Print Camera Now Available in North America



Kodak announced the availability of the new Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera through its North American distributor C+A Global.

Expanding upon its instant print product line, the new Kodak Mini Shot point-and-shoot camera combines high-quality, instant-print color photos with digital conveniences such as color controls, filter effects and Bluetooth connectivity, making it the ideal all-in-one solution for picture taking and photo editing. Not only can these photographs be instantly shared with family and friends in that same high print quality expected from Kodak, these photographs can likewise be digitally shared instantly across social media platforms.

The Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera leverages 4Pass printing technology, also known as dye-sublimation, resulting in beautiful, high-quality prints. It features the world’s smallest 4Pass all-in-one cartridge for carrying convenience.

With Bluetooth connectivity, users can save and transfer images to a smart device for further editing with the complementary Kodak Mini Shot App, which features a variety of filters, cropping options, stickers, card templates and more. Through the App, anyone’s smartphone can now be used as a remote shutter for those must-have group shots, or as an extended library of photos that can be sent to the Kodak Mini Shot for instant printing.

Highlights and Benefits:

  • Maximum resolution 10-megapixel camera
  • 1.7” LCD Viewfinder for viewing photos before they’re printed
  • Auto Focus, Exposure, White Balance, Gamma Color Control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices
  • Complementary Kodak Mini Shot App for adding filters and effects
  • Normal and photo border printing
  • Print credit-sized (2.1” x 3.4”) or square (2.1” x 2.1”) adhesive-backed photos
  • Extra protective layer preserves image quality and color integrity
  • High-quality waterproof, fingerprint-proof photo prints
  • All-in-one ink and paper cartridge
  • Available in black, white, or yellow.

The Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera is available for $99.99 on Amazon. The camera includes a Micro USB cable, a Quick Start Guide, and an 8-pack all-in-one 4Pass photo print cartridge.

The 4Pass Photo Paper comes in 20 (2.1” x 3.4”), 30 (2.1” x 3.4”) and 50 (2.1” x 3.4”) packs or as an adhesive-backed 20 (2.1” x 2.1”) pack, and is sold separately.


Line 6 Shuriken Guitar Ninja Video Contest



Line 6 is holding a Guitar Ninja Video Contest. It is being held to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Variax guitars. Capture your creative guitar playing on video, and enter to win a hand-painted Shuriken.

Join us in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Variax guitars! Enter the Guitar Ninja Contest by showcasing your musical creativity to win a one-of-a-kind Shuriken Outlier guitar hand-painted by Pamelina H., featuring graphics based on Twelve Foot Ninja’s Outlier album artwork.

The final deadline for entering the Guitar Ninja Video Contest is January 7, 2017. The winner of the contest will be selected by Stevic MacKay from Twelve Foot Ninja. This contest is open to U.S. residents, only.

Contest Entry Instructions:

  • Record yourself playing innovative guitar. Original music only. No cover songs.
  • Post your video on YouTube.
  • Fill out the form on the contest website with a link to your video.
  • Tell all of your guitar playing friends to do the same.

This contest, like most other contests, has Terms and Conditions that you should read. Here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Your video can be a maximum of 60 seconds.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the contest.
  • All entries must comply with YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Entries that do not comply will be disqualified. Entering the contest grants Line 6 a license to publish and re-use your video for any purpose and without compensation.
  • Finalists will be determined by Line 6 staff and Steve “Stevic” McKay will select the winner.


GoPro Fusion 360-Degree Camera Now Shipping



GoPro ushered in a new era of creativity with the announcement of its 360-degree camera, Fusion, which is now shipping to US and European customers. With its ability to capture immersive 5.2K 360-degree spherical content, Fusion captures everything around you, so you’ll never miss the shot. And gimbal-like stabilization makes sure it all looks super smooth.

The GoPro app enables users to control the camera, live preview their shots, and stitch, trim and share content right from their iOS smartphone. (Android coming soon.) On desktop, Fusion Studio (with Adobe Premier Pro CC plug-ins) enables OverCapture, which lets you re-frame and save traditional fixed perspective videos “punched out” from the large 360-degree video. Fusion, together with its apps, enables people to capture and share unique perspectives that are not possible with traditional single lens cameras.

A mobile OverCapture experience and new visual presets including Tiny Planet and PanoFlow will be released in early 2018, while ongoing software updates will continue to enhance the experience for users.

Fusion is already receiving praise for its outstanding design and engineering, earning a CES 2018 Innovation Award in the digital imaging category. Fusion is priced at $699.99 (US), €749.99 (EUR).


Dr. Z Amplification Released the Z-PLUS



Dr. Z Amplification makes hand-wried guitar amplifiers, speaker cabs, attenuators and the Z-Drive pedal. Their products are made in the U.S.A. Dr. Z Amplification released the Z-PLUS amplifier.

The Z-PLUS is a single-end, amplifier in true Class A configuration, which yields a rich clean tone that smoothly overdrives into gritty, harmonic-laden distortion. Single ended, Class A operation produces full even-order harmonics which are typically cancelled in traditional push-pull, Class A/B tube amp designs. The result is sparkling and satisfying tone with the full range of 2nd and 4th order harmonics with clarity akin to an full bodied, acoustic guitar.

The Z-PLUS was created when Joe Walsh approached Dr. Z for a new amp to use on the latest Eagles’s tour. He was using small, single ended Tweed combos. The Z-PLUS utilizes two 6V6 power tubes in parallel, which increases clean headroom, per Joe Walsh’s request.

Some specifications include:

  • Power output: 7.15 Watts (half power mode)
  • Output Tubes: 2 – 6V6 (Class A, cathode biased)
  • Preamp Tubes: 4 – 12AX7, 1 – 12AT7
  • Rectifier: 1 – 5AR4
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, Master Volume, Reverb
  • Configurations: 1×12 Studio Combo, 1×12 Ultra Lite Combo
  • Colors: Black, Blonde, Red


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