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Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Plugin on Sale Now



Waves LogoThere are a lot of ways to tweak and process an audio project. EQ, compression, and filters are just some of the tools producers use to improve or alter the overall sound of a mix. One tool that’s been a mainstay for decades in many recording studios is the aural exciter. Aural exciters are used most often to accentuate certain low or high-end frequencies that tend to really catch the human ear. Aural exciters are commonly used towards the end of a signal processing chain to bring the extra clarity and oomph that producers often employ to get the attention of listeners.

Like many things in the audio production universe, there are lots of aural exciters on the market, ranging from under a hundred bucks in price to thousands of dollars per unit. And while it can be good to have a hardware aural exciter in some settings, it’s often just as good to have the software equivalent. That’s what Waves has done with its Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter:

A true groundbreaker, the original Aural Exciter was highly regarded for its ability to increase and enhance presence, brightness, and vibrancy on vocal and instrumental tracks alike. It was even credited as a ‘session player’ on best-selling albums by the likes of Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, engineered by Val Garay, who worked closely with us on the development of the plugin.

The Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Plugin is on sale now. It normally retails for $299 but is available for a limited time at the massively reduced price of just $59. Learn more, and purchase the plugin thru the link above.


Monoprice 27″ UHD IPS 4K Ultra-Slim Aluminum Monitor Coming Soon



Monoprice displayIn today’s modern media production environments, you can never have enough displays. And while it does look super cool to put together a system with multiple high-res monitors, doing that can rack up an impressive price tag pretty quickly. Fortunately, electronics manufacturer Monoprice is here to help creators build their multi-display arsenals. Next week. Monoprice will release its Ultra-Slim Aluminum 27″ UHD IPS 4K display:

The ultra-slim, aluminum bezel houses a Grade A+ IPS glass panel, which is backed by our Pixel Perfect Guarantee. The monitor features two DisplayPort 1.2a inputs, with AMD’s FreeSync technology, and two HDMI® inputs, giving a level of flexibility and connectivity that is unsurpassed.

More details on this Monoprice display:

  • Features a maximum resolution of 4K@60Hz
  • Adjustable stand can be removed to allow access to the 100×100 VESA mounting points for mounting to a wall or desk mount
  • Aluminum bezel houses an Grade A+ IPS glass panel from LG
  • Features two DisplayPort 1.2a inputs, with AMD’s FreeSync technology, and two HDMI® inputs
  • Features ultra-wide 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles
  • Display ships with stand neck, stand bases, M4x10 Screws (x3), M4x6 Screws (x3),
    HDMI cable, AC power adapter, AC power cord, and user’s manual

Monoprice hasn’t stated an exact date for when these displays will be available for purchase. But a recent e-mail sent by the company stated that they’d be on the market “next week.” The Monoprice Ultra-Slim Aluminum 27″ UHD IPS 4K display will have a retail price of $399.


Helix Native is Now Available



Line 6 has announced that Helix Native has arrived. It is a critically acclaimed guitar and effects processor in a plug-in format. You can try Helix Native for 15 days absolutely free – and discover what it can do for you.

The Helix Native guitar and effects processing plug-in features the authentic sounds of vintage and modern amps, cabs, mics, and effects, as well as extensive signal-routing capabilities and an intuitive interface.

The Helix Native plug-in provides a limitless creative palette for inspiring tone creation, with 60+ amplifiers, 30+ speaker cabinets, and a wide range of 100+ effects. The interface provides a fast and intuitive tone editing workflow, so you can instantly access your entire signal chain and quickly tweak your settings. Helix Native also supports 3rd party impulse responses (IRs), offering even greater tonal flexibility.

Not just for guitarists, the Helix Native plug-in is also ideal for producers and engineers, sound designers, film/TV/game composers, electronic musicians, and anyone else seeking to craft new and exciting sounds and special effects. And preset compatibility across the entire Helix family allows Helix hardware users to bring studio-created sounds to the stage by simply transferring their plug-in presets to their Helix Floor, Helix Rack, or Helix LT processors.

The Helix Native plug-in features broad compatibility with popular DAWs, offering powerful 64-bit performance on AAX, AU and VST3 platforms. It also tightly integrates with Helix hardware so you can take your presets from the studio to the stage – and back again.


Sony Emerges as the Big Winner of EISA Awards



EISA is the European Imaging and Sound Association.  It has announced the winners of the 2017 EISA Awards. Sony took home “Best Product” in six of the 19 categories, making Sony the biggest winner of the year. With four award-winning cameras, including the α9 taking “Best Camera,” and two award-winning lenses, Sony led across the board.

Best Professional Compact System Camera Lens – Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

Best Compact System Camera Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

Best Superzoom Camera – Sony RX10 III

Best Compact Camera – Sony RX100 V

Best Camera – Sony α9

Best ProSumer Compact System Camera – Sony α6500

EISA is a unique association of 53 special interest magazines from 25 countries. The European EISA Awards started in 1982 when the editors-in-chief from five European photo magazines came together to select “The Camera of the Year” for the first time.

The EISA Awards annually celebrate new products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance. The EISA Awards extend from the most affordable, high value products to the most aspirational expressions of modern consumer electronics.

Award categories change from year to year, reflecting the evolution of product design and connectivity, but every EISA Award winner remains the very best in its class. The sheer strength in depth of EISA’s members ensures the EISA Awards logo carries tremendous weight with all informed consumers.


JamStack is World’s First Attachable Guitar Amplifier



JamStack is the world’s first guitar amplifier to attach to the base of any standard electric guitar. This means that you’re up and running in seconds and aren’t bound by cables or power outlets. JamStack has been fully funded on Indiegogo. You can preorder JamStack via Indiegogo for $199.

The JamStack is made up of three pieces of equipment: Speaker system, smartphone mount, and patch cables. All of which are built to last. Weighing under 2lbs., the JamStack can fit easily into most guitar or travel cases and lasts for over 8 hours. The JamStack also acts as a fully functional portable Bluetooth speaker.

You need a JamStack if…

  • You want to be able to play the electric guitar anywhere, anytime
  • You find set-up time limits how often you can play, and stunts your inspiration
  • You hate the sound of turning down traditional amplifiers
  • You enjoy playing along to backing tracks
  • You want any effect pedal, loop station, and recording studio all at your fingertips
  • You’re already in the market for an ultra-premium Bluetooth speaker

The rechargeable battery in JamStack will get you 8 hours of solid play time. JamStack mounts on practically every standard guitar electric guitar body. What about acoustic guitars? JamStack can be plugged into anything outputting a 1/4” patch cable, but will not mount on an acoustic guitar due to its width.


Fender Releases Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster



Fender Musical Instruments announced the release of its newest addition to the Artist Signature Series: the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster; it honors the late and great rock icon, whose persona and legacy is not only synonymous with the Fender Stratocastser, but also also rock ‘n’ roll at large.

Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible 1967 Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic, hand-painted Stratocaster. First revealed at Summer NAMM 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., and available only for the remainder of this year, the new limited edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster celebrates the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history.

The Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster, priced at $899.99, captures all of the energy of his unforgettable set-ending finale at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. An homage to the spectacular performance that literally burned its way into our pop culture conscience, the Jimi Hendrix Monterrey Stratocaster faithfully replicates his hand-painted psychedelic artwork on the body of the guitar. A trio of vintage-style single-coil Stratocaster pickups gives this ’60s-style, Fiesta Red Strat its classic Fender sound.

Bell-like and articulate, it has plenty of singing sustain for soloing. The “C”-shaped maple neck bears a vintage-style 7.35” radius pau ferro fingerboard with 21 vintage-sized frets for a playing feel just like the original. The six-screw synchronized tremelo is perfect for unleashing dive-bombs and other sonic expressions. Fully authorized, the Stratocaster features an exclusive etched Authentic Hendrix neck plate.


Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Is an All-In-One Mixer and Recorder



Zoom LiveTrak L12Recording a multitrack live session, monitoring that session, and mixing it usually requires a bunch of different pieces of gear to get the job done. That’s certainly nothing new and it’s not even that bad if you’ve got a dedicated studio space available when you need it. But it’s not always possible to get access to that perfect combination of dedicated recording space stocked with the right equipment. In those cases, clever producers rely on creative improvisations that might be good enough. But it never hurts, especially in these instances, to be able to simplify things as much as possible.

That’s where the new Zoom LiveTrak L-12 comes in:

With the LiveTrak L-12, you can finally mix, record, and monitor with a single piece of gear. It’s the only digital console that lets you mix your live performance and record up to 12 discrete channels – all while providing five individual custom headphone mixes.

Some highlights of the LiveTrak L-12:

  • 12 discrete channels (eight mono plus two stereo)
  • 3-band mid-parametric EQ and 16 built-in send effects for each channel
  • Mono channels have dedicated compressors
  • 12-segment LED metering
  • 5 monitor outputs provide unique mixes, so every performer can create and save a mix that’s tailored to their preferences
  • Save up to nine different scenes and recall custom settings automatically
  • Use the built-in slate mic to record comments or talk-back
  • Program the built-in metronome to your desired tempo
  • 14-in/4-out USB audio interface with flexible routing options

The Zoom LiveTrak L-12 is available for preorder now and retails for $599. The device is expected to ship next month.

 


Waves PuigChild Compressor Plugin Now on Sale



Waves LogoIf you have even a remote interest in audio production, you’ve learned that compression is usually an important step in the audio mastering process. In recent decades, certain hardware compressors have stood head and shoulders above the rest, becoming invaluable assets to countless producers around the world. Two such pieces of gear are the Fairchild 660 and Fairchild 670 compressors. These units are known for bringing warmth and vibrancy to any final mix that passes thru them. And while these Fairchild compressors may be highly sought-after, they’re not exactly easy to come by. Especially for independent producers working on tight budgets.

Thats where the Waves PuigChild Compressor audio plugin comes in:

From the recording studio to the record lathe, the Fairchild was renowned for its advanced compression techniques and incomparable sound. We’ve collaborated with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga) to capture every distinctive nuance and harmonic detail of the vintage Fairchild 670 device housed in Jack’s own studio.

The PuigChild Compressor plugin is sold and distributed by Waves. The plugin is compatible with digital audio workstations (DAW) running on both macOS and Windows. Supported host DAWs include Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Reaper, Adobe Audition, and more.

The PuigChild Compressor plugin normally retails for $349 but it’s currently on sale for the remarkable price of only $29. You can purchase the plugin direct from Waves using the link above.


Blue Microphones Introduces Raspberry Studio



Blue Microphones has introduced Raspberry Studio. It is the ultimate mobile recording system for vocals and instruments. Informed by Blue’s illustrious studio heritage, the Raspberry microphone delivers dramatic, studio-quality sound directly to your laptop or mobile device. You can purchase Raspberry Studio now for $219.99.

With custom recording software from PreSonus, advanced mastering software from iZotope, and a collection of quick start templates, Raspberry Studio makes it easy to produce professional recordings on the go. It includes custom templates for music, voice-overs and podcasts, and features automatic track setup and dialed-in sound for rich vocals and instruments.

The integrated stand and plug-and-play operation help you start creating immediately. Pristine 24-bit audio lets you record and stream professional projects. And the included soft-suede carrying pouch and compact form factor make it easy to move effortlessly between recording locations.

Raspberry Studio includes PreSonus Studio One Artist Blue Microphones Edition recording software, which gives you professional tools and intuitive workflow and helps you start recording fast. Stack multiple tracks of vocals and instruments and create fully produced songs.

Capture your voice for podcasts, voice-over projects or audio for YouTube videos. Edit your tracks on screen with ease, and even piece together multiple takes to sculpt the perfect vocal performance.

Raspberry Studio also comes with iZotope. It features professionally designed presets and simple macro controls to shape your sound. Use the intuitive controls and sophisticated audio processing tools to quickly get your mixes ready for radio and streaming.

Features include:

  • Raspberry mobile USB and iOS microphone for voice and instruments
  • Patented Blue capsule circuitry for large-diaphragm clarity in a portable format
  • Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) focuses vocals for any application
  • PreSonus Studio One Artist multi-track recording software
  • iZotope Ozone Elements mastering software
  • Custom quick-start templates for creating music, podcasting, and voice-overs on the go
  • Plug-and-play 24-bit/48kHz resolution with PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad

Accusonus Regroover Pro 30% off for a Limited Time



Regroover LogoMusic and audio producers are always looking for new and exciting sounds to use within their projects. And while there are plenty of options available in terms of free or paid-license sample libraries out there, sometimes it’s best to try and come up with something that’s totally different. That’s where Regroover, a software product from Accusonus, comes in.

Accusonus describes Regroover as:

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 offers two versions of the application. The full-featured version, Regroover Pro, is now available at a 30% discount. Here are some key features that can be found only in Regroover Pro:

  • Build your own Expansion Kit with any element inside your loop which makes for rapid-fire MIDI triggering of samples to make new beats and grooves
  • Create Regroover Projects with both external and found sounds from inside your loops
  • Grab that magic kick, snare or clap and place it on its own trigger pad.

This special 30% discount on Regroover Pro expires today. If you think Regroover would be beneficial for your next audio project, you can purchase the software here.