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Own a Customized “Mad T Party” JTV Guitar



JTV is selling a total of four unique Variax JTV-69 guitars previously used by Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park. The proceeds from the sale will support the nonprofit organization MusicCares, which provides critical assistance to members of the music community.

Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the Mad T Party was a nighttime event that featured live musical performances, dancers, aerial acts, and more. The guitars used in the performance feature custom artwork by Disney artists, and are now for sale in the Line 6 online store.

Each guitar is unique. All four have been used in live performances. The artwork was applied by hand, creating minor differences in each instrument. There are also differences in the pick-up configurations. Purchasers will not be able to select which specific instrument they receive.

At the time I am writing this, the price per guitar is $2,199.99 and the availability is listed as “in stock.”

The JTV-69 and JTV-69S modeling guitars are the only guitars in the world that can sound like an entire collection of vintage instruments. By combining industry-leading Line 6 digital modeling with boutique-style craftsmanship, JTV-69 and JTV-69S put 29 amazing instruments at your fingertips.


ErgoTech Released the Freedom Lift



Ergotech creates happy and healthy ergonomic workspace solutions for LCD displays, tablets, notebook computers, and smart-phones. They have released their new Ergotech Freedom Lift. It is the newest addition to their growing Sit-Stand product line.

If your professional work involves using a computer, you probably end up sitting down a lot. This is true for writers, musicians, programmers, coders, website designers, podcasters, and those who edit audio. The Freedom Lift can help all of these professionals to be able to work while standing up.

Freedom Lift is an incredibly versatile workstation. It combines the freedom of movement you get from an articulating monitor arm with the lifting capabilities of a sit stand desk. The keyboard tray can be folded away when it is not in use.

Utilizing the technology found in our articulating monitor arms, Freedom Lift gives you a wide range of motion that allows you to place your monitor and keyboard/mouse right where you need them. The weight of the monitors and accessories is supported by a powerful gas-spring counterbalance which can hold up to either 19.8 or 28.6 lbs., depending on the model.

Tech Specs:

  • Keyboard Height Adjustment Range: 19.4”
  • Weight Capacity: Support 19.8 lbs max
  • Monitor Size: Up to 32”
  • Monitor Weight: 4.4 to 17.6 lbs
  • VESA Compatibility: 75mm & 100mm
  • Keyboard Tray Dimensions: 26.2” wide x 10.2” deep
  • Warranty: 5 years

DJI Reveals the Zenmuse X7 Professional Aerial Cinematography Camera



DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, introduced the Zenmuse X7. Designed to work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone, the Zenmuse X7 delivers superior image quality, interchangeable lenses, and a new DJI Cinema Color System for post-production to give film and video professionals more creative freedom.

The Zenmuse X7 is equipped with a Super 35 video sensor featuring 14 stops of dynamic range for more detail in low-light conditions. Its low-noise image capture enhances grading flexibility by preserving details in both highlight and dark areas while enabling a shallow cinematic depth of field.

To meet rigorous requirements of filmmakers and television production professionals, the Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera. It is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG Raw or 2.7 ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS to integrate seamlessly into industry-standard post-production workflows.

The Zenmuse X7 uses a dedicated aerial mount system, the DJI DL-Mount, featuring an ultra-short flange focal distance to carry prime lenses optimally. Available with focal lengths of 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm, each lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 and is crafted out of carbon fiber, making them durable and lightweight for high-performance aerial cinematography with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.

DJI has also introduced a new DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) making the Zenmuse X7 an asset on every film set for movies, TV series, commercials, documentaries, and more.

DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during the post-production process. The D-Log further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate color for quick and easy post-processing.

The Zenmuse X7 camera is priced at $2,699 USD. The 16 mm, 24 mm, and 35 mm lenses will be available for $1,299 each, and the 50 mm for $1,199. Customers can purchase the Zenmuse X7 prime lens combo including all 4 lenses for $4,299.


Samson Launches G-Track Pro Professional USB Microphone



Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio solutions, launches the G-Track Pro, a complete recording solution for capturing vocals and/or instruments. It is ideal for musicians, podcasters, gamers and streamers.

The G-Track Pro is a multi-pattern USB condenser microphone, audio interface, and mixer all-in-one. It delivers up to 24-bit studio quality sound with zero-latency monitoring, providing everything needed to make professional recordings from start to finish.

The G-Track Pro is currently available for $149.99 at Best Buy and will be available at major CE and MI retailers on November 30, 2017.

Multi-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
Easily connected to any Mac or PC device via USB, Samson’s G-Track Pro features dual 1” (25mm) condenser capsules within a solid die-cast enclosure. The mic offers three selectable pickup patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional) for handling a variety of recording applications. The G-Track Pro comes with a heavy-duty desktop base that can be adjusted for optimal mic placement. Alternatively, it can easily be mounted to any standard mic stand with Samson’s SP04 shockmount (sold separately).

Audio Interface
With the G-Track Pro, singer/songwriters can quickly capture vocal and instrument performances simultaneously with one device. Users can simply connect the mic via the included USB cable (no driver installation required) to a digital audio workstation software and begin recording immediately. The G-Track features a standard 1/4” instrument input for recording bass, keyboard, and other line-level devices.

Built-in Mixer
The G-Track features a built-in mixer with independent Mic and instrument volume controls to customize mixes. The 1/8” stereo headphone output provides zero-latency monitoring complete with advanced monitoring mix controls. It also features a Mute button that silences the input signals when needed, ideal for podcasters and gamers.


Monolith – Create Your Own Beat Machine



Monolith enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely. Monolith is on Kickstarter and has 20 days to go (at the time I am writing this).

Monolith was created by NOEL-KIT, an electronic musician who plays in DUB-Russell. The band is a Japanese electronic music group that started in 2010. All of their original sounds are created with Cycling ’74 Max software. This Kickstarter introduces you to the beat-machine that NOEL-KIT has been developing for the past decade.

Cases:

* For Production and Mastering: You can create the original environment with multiple sequencers and synths, samplers, and effects.

* For Live Performances: Monolith supports Ableton Live Link. You connect to the same network and jam with others using multiple devices running Link-enabled software without MIDI cables.

* For Musicians: Monolith can be used just as multiple effectors. Using an external input, you can create your original programmable effects set-up.

There is a lot of detailed information on the Kickstarter about operative modules, sequencers, synths & samplers, and effectors. It also has details about the console and sound & effect modules.

System requirements:

Recommended:
CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (or higher)
Memory: 2GB RAM (4GB or higher recommended)

Macintosh:
OS: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.x (or later)

Windows:
OS: PC with Windows 7 (or later)


Vixen Mixer is on Kickstarter



The Vixen Mixer is a Volca-sized mixer for Korg Volcas, small synths, and external fx. It includes multiple power options and a unique hub for powering Volcas. The Vixen Mixer is made by KVgear, and is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this, the Kickstarter has 27 days to go.

KVgear was founded in 2013 with the initial goal of developing accessories to be used with Korg Volca synths. KVgear is run by Mike Rafferty who has been a mechanical engineer for 30 years with the past 20 in new product development for a wide range of clients.

The Vixen Mixer is described as “the mixer that Volca lovers have been wanting for years.” It has 8 channels, panning, mutes, 2 aux sends/returns, and onboard power for 8 Volcas. It can be powered by batteries or the included AC power adapter.

The images of the Vixen Mixer on the Kickstarter are of the special limited edition blue version. They are all gone, and that specific Kickstarter reward is not longer available. The standard version will be in black.

The Vixen Mixer can be powered from any of three sources: external AC-DC power supply included with each mixer; internal battery compartment for 6 AA batteries; or high capacity, rechargeable external 9 VDC battery attached to the power input jack on the Vixen.

Audio Specifications:

Channels 1-6
* Mono 3.5 mm input jack (accepts TR or TRS plug)
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob
* Pan knob
* Aux Send 1 knob
* Aux Send 2 knob

Channel 7
* Stereo 3.5mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

Channel 8
* Stereo 3.5 mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

AuxSend 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) mono jacks

Aux Return 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R
* Stereo gain knob

Main Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R

Phones Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack


REDD Microphone Nominated for NAMM TEC Award



Chandler Limited is the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture, and market the “Official Equipment” of EMI/Abbey Road Studios, delivering the classic analog sounds that recoding and professional musicians seek. Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios celebrate the 33rd annual NAMM TEC Awards nomination for the REDD Microphone.

Each year, the NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media. Award categories span 23 Technical Achievement and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The NAMM TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry.

The REDD Microphone from Chandler Limited’s EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic series is a large diaphragm tube condenser microphone, featuring Chandler’s Founder and Chief Designer, Wade Goeke’s unique “microphone and mic preamp in one unit” design. Developed for Abbey Road Studios, it is the first microphone to wear the EMI brand since the 1930s.

Chandler Limited’s REDD Microphone couples a custom, premium platinum membrane capsule to the historic EMI REDD.47 tube amplifier circuit, adapted for use inside the microphone body. The configuration dramatically reduces distance between the capsule and preamplifier allowing for driving the line as close to the source as possible, resulting in a purer form of audio transmission.


iZotope Introduces Ozone 8 and Neutron 2



iZotope introduces the next evolution of mixing and mastering! Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 have game-changing features, including the ability to communicate with each other through the Tonal Balance Control plug-in.

For the first time, you can fix mix issues that hinder mastering and bridge the gap between the two workflows. Achieve tonally balanced, professional mixes and masters that sound great in any listening environment.

Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 are also packaged with a host of new features, including assistive technology, intelligent DSP, visual mixing, and many other enhancements. With advances in inter-plugin communication and machine learning, these are the most innovative music production tools we’ve ever released.

Ozone 8 is the industry’s most comprehensive mastering suite. Ozone 8 adds to its legacy by introducing new intelligent signal processing, spectral shaping, Tonal Balance Control, and more. It’s the smartest version of Ozone yet.

Neutron 2 provides a smarter way to mix. Achieve a clear, well-balanced mix with Neutron’s innovative new mixing and analysis tools. Control every aspect of your music, from the visual soundstage of your tracks to the tonal balance of your mix – all with iZotope’s award-winning digital signal processing.

Now through October 31, 2017, iZotope is offering introductory processing on their new music production lineup. If you own an iZotope product, you are eligible for a special discount on Neutron, Ozone, Music Production Suite, and the O8N2 Bundle. Visit the iZotope website for more details.


Sound Radix Muteomatic Automatically Mutes Talkback Channel



Sound Radix has a goal to develop innovative software tools to help you achieve the best sound possible. They prefer smart algorithms and easy-to-use interfaces. Sound Radix is the creator of the Muteomatic plug-in.

Did you ever find yourself talking to the band in the studio excitedly, only to realize that you’ve spoken to yourself for the last few minutes, because you’d forgotten to press the talkback button? Or did you ever have to put out a fire started by a client who had commented on a talent’s attitude while the talkback mic had been unwittingly left open? Enter Mutomatic.

Muteomatic will automatically mute the talkback or listen mic channels according to your DAW’s transport state, opening the mic automatically when the DAW stops and muting it back when the DAW is in playback or recording mode, all while clearly displaying when the mic is open or muted, so that you won’t find yourself in awkward positions or having to play fireman again.

Features:

  • Auto-mute a talkback or listen mic channel according to the DAW’s transport state
  • Elegant and clear design boldly displays the talkback state
  • Automatically mute long effect tails or monitor effects when DAW is paused
  • One-click temporary interrupt mode
  • Compatible with most major DAW’s on Mac & PC
  • Available in 32- and 64-bit AAX, RTVS, VST and Audio Unit Formats
  • You can download Muteomatic for free from the Sound Radix website.

Livestream Will be Joining the Vimeo Family



For the past decade, Livestream has focused on enabling organizations to share experiences through live video, unlocking a world where every event is available live online. Livestream announced that it will be joining the Vimeo family. This news comes after an agreement for Vimeo to acquire Livestream.

There is significant overlap in the mission and strategies of Livestream and Vimeo: our relentless focus in enabling professional-quality video streaming, building easy-to-use yet powerful end-to-end video workflows, and empowering creators with the best tools to monetize and distribute their content. By joining forces, we will be able to provide our customers with the world’s best video service and continue to lead innovation in our industry.

In the immediate future, the Livestream team and brand will continue to operate as usual. In the long term, Livestream expects to integrate Livestream’s capabilities fully within Vimeo to offer the world’s best end-to-end video solution.

Future integrations with Vimeo will provide creators with the ability to stream to Vimeo Live using Livestream tools (Mevo, Studio), and direct access to all both platforms have to offer, including powerful distribution and marketing tools, monetization opportunities for rental, purchase or subscription, and over-the-top (OTT) technology across iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Samsung, and more.