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Blue Microphones has Black Friday Sales



Blue Microphones, creators of award-winning microphones for audio professionals, musicians, and consumers, has Black Friday deals. Their sales started November 24, 2017, and will continue through Monday, November 27, 2017.

Information about Blue’s Black Friday sales can most easily be found on their Twitter account. To make a purchase, you must visit the Blue Microphone’s website.

Assassin’s Creed Yeti Streamer Bundle
Includes a custom Assassin’s Creed Yeti microphone and the Assassin’s Creed: Origins video game.
On sale now for $109.99

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Yeti Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands video game.
On sale now for $109.99

Ninja’s In Pajamas Pro Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Lola headphones
On sale now for $249.99

Ninja’s In Pajamas Ultimate Pro Streamer Bundle
Includes a Blackout Yeti microphone and Mo-Fi headphones
On sale now for $299.99

Yeti Microphone
The world’s #1 USB Microphone that helps you produce studio-quality recordings every time
On sale now for $99.99

Mix-Fi Headphones
Studio-grade headphone that lets you hear your recordings with unmatched depth, clarity and power.
On sale now for $199.99

Satellite Headphones
A wireless over-ear headphone that lets you hear more of your favorite music wherever you go that has patent pending noise cancelling (ANC) technology.
On sale now for $299.99


Allen & Heath Launches New 96kHZ SQ Mixer Series



Allen & Heath has unveiled its new 96kHZ SQ series of digital mixers for live sound, AV and installation.

The SQ-5 and SQ-6 mixers are founded on Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHZ FPGA engine, delivering class-leading high resolution audio with a latency of <0,7ms. SQ-5 has 16 onboard preamps and 17 faders and is 19” rack mountable, while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps and 25 faders.

Both consoles can be expanded up to 48 inputs via a family of remote expanders and feature an audio networking slot for optional Dante, Waves and other card formats, expanding the scope for system integration, FoH/monitor splits and multitrack recording.

A built-in SQ-Drive makes it easy to capture high resolution 96kHz stereo and multitrack recordings direct to a USB drive. SQ can also be hooked up to a PC or Mac via USB to become a plug 'n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant 32×32 audio interface, with MIDI and DAW Control capabilities.

Allen & Heath's DEEP processing plug-in architecture allows boutique compressor and preamp emulations to be added to the SQ mixer and embedded directly within its inputs and mix channels without adding system latency or setup hassles. SQ also features a fully integrated Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM), handling conferences, panel talks and TV shows.

The SQ user interface marries a capacitive touchscreen with an accompanying set of illuminating rotary controls. Channel and mix layouts can be configured to fit the audio professional's own workflow, with color displays and custom naming on all strips. SQ-5 features 8 softkeys, allowing further customization, while SQ-6 has four assignable rotary controls and displays in addition to its 16 softkeys.


Black Friday Special Sales are Up at iZotope



iZotope is obsessed with great sound. Their intelligent audio technology helps musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft rather than the tech behind it. For a limited time, iZotope is having a Black Friday sale. This sale will expire on November 30, 2017.

The sale you’ve been waiting for all year is now here. Get any of our new Elements plug-ins including Ozone Elementals (with Master Assistant), Neutron Elements (with Track Assistant), and RX Elements (with the RX Audio Editor and Voice De-noise) for only $29 each. Or, get all three as part of our new Elements Suite for only $79.

Ozone Elementals, Neutron Elements, and RX Elements are usually $129 each. The Elements Suite is usually $199.

If you already own one or more of iZotope’s products, you can save on iZotope bundles. To access these deals, you need to visit the iZotope website and log in to your account. This sale includes:

Mix & Master Bundle: Ozone 8 Standard+Neutron 2 Standard for any Standard product owner. It is on sale now for $199. (The regular price is $398)

O8N2 Bundle: Ozone 8 Advanced + Neutron 2 Advanced for any Standard product owner. It is on sale now for $399. (The regular price is $499)

O8N2 Bundle: Ozone 8 Advanced + Neutron 2 Advanced for any Advanced product owner. It is on sale for $299. (The regular price is $499)

Visit the iZotope website for more information, and to see what else is on sale.


Eventide has a Sale on MangledVerb



Eventide has a sale on MangledVerb (for a limited time). You can buy MangledVerb for $49 now through November 30, 2017. After that date, MangledVerb will be available for the MSVP of $79. You can also download a fully-functioning 30 day demo.

MangledVerb is a unique effect combining reverb and distortion. Ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer, MangledVerb is capable of creating lush reverbs, ripping distortion leads and sound-sculpting musical chaos. Guitarists have used it for years to create signature sounds and now you can have it in your favorite DAW.

Features:

  • Over 180 presets designed to inspire; including the H9 presets and presets by artists by artists like Richard Devine, Vernon Reid, Chris Carter and many more.
  • Create out-of-this-world soundscapes by increasing the Size and Overdrive
  • Use it as Mono-In/Mono-Out, Mono-In/Stereo-Out or Stereo-In/Stereo-Out for ultimate flexibility
  • Smoothly move from Softclip distortion to Overdrive for ripping transitions
  • Use the Wobble control to create spooky detuning effects
  • Use The Ribbon control to easily manipulate multiple parameters in a live situation
  • Program the HotSwitch to instantly change multiple parameters at once
  • Optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta-control on the fly
  • Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.


The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is on Kickstarter



The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is an experimental touch synthesizer created by eowave. It encourages you to explore sound design and music with a direct and inspiring set of synthesis and sequencing tools. It is on Kickstarter, and, at the time I am writing this, has 22 days to go.

The Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer is a desktop touch synthesizer aimed at sound designers and musicians who are looking for an expressive tool to explore rich and unusual soundscapes with a direct intuitive approach.

The Quadrantid Swarm is an instrument that has been designed openly – to be used with MIDI, alongside your modular synthesizer/CV sequencer or to be explored as a standalone drone/sequencer/generative synthesizer.

It has 8 modes that eowave encourages you to consider as a springboard for musical inspiration, rather than a preset. The modes are: Organ, Strings, Drone, Noise, Grains, Perc, Metal, and Chiptune. These modes are not direct emulations of existing instruments, but they borrow on inspiration from their namesakes.


Soundtoys Offers Little Plate for Free



Soundtoys is offering Little Plate for free – but only for a limited time. Little Plate offers the lush sound of plate reverb, with a modern twist. Get it for free through November 22, 2017. The unmistakable plate reverb sound – warm, rich and spacious – is now at your fingertips.

Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, we captured the gorgeous sound and vibe of this studio classic and turned it into a fun and musically inspiring plug-in. And we couldn’t resist pushing the limits of reality, so we added a couple of fun twists that let you take Little Plate to spaces the original hardware only dreamed of.

While the original reverb could only muster a modest five seconds of reverberation time, Soundtoys pushed that number higher. You can set the Decay Time to infinity, and Little Plate’s reverb tails never fade away.

Keep your reverb and your mixes clean with the built-in Low Cut filter. Use the Low Cut filter to control and tame those boomy bass frequencies. Flip the Space Modulator switch to introduce slight modulation into the reverb tail.

Highlights:

  • Add the sound of vintage plate reverb to your tracks
  • Push beyond the limits of the hardware with extended reverb and decay time-consuming
  • Create infinite reverb effects that never decay
  • Optional modulation for natural-sounding variation in the reverb tail
  • Low Cut filter to tame low frequency build-up
  • 25 distinct presets to quickly dial in a sound

Logitek has a Beta for JetLink



Logitek manufactures audio over IP routers, audio consoles and other professional audio equipment. The company was founded in 1979, and have been in continuous innovation ever since. Right now, Logitek has a public beta program for JetLink.

Logitek has a list of frequently asked questions about the JetLink beta. One question is: “Logitek is an audio console company. Why develop an audio codec product?” Their answer is:

Between the coming ISDN shutdown around the world and recent regulatory changes in the US, radio is anything but business as usual right now. Logitek and Logitek Australia set out to create an alternative to clunky hardware codec boxes to slim down your remote kit. Plus, as everything in radio becomes virtualized, we know that everyone is going to need better ways of transporting audio.

The JetLink beta is just the beginning of a series of useful tools from Logitek to create great radio today…and tomorrow.

JetLink is a new software solution to send broadcast quality audio from point to point.
You can sign up for the Free Public Beta of JetLink now. JetLink can be used to send and receive audio in real time between two Windows computers over a LAN, WAN, or the public internet. The public beta is free.

Logitek has not yet released a price for JetLink. They are still working that out, and will be surveying their beta testers to determine the right feature mix and price point.


HOFA’s SYSTEM Basic is Freeware



HOFA is offering SYSTEM basic as freeware. You can download it for free from the HOFA website.

SYSTEM basic is the freeware version of the popular EQ, dynamic & effect toolbox by HOFA. 21 modules are available which you can use separately or combined. All routing happens automatically, whereby multiband, mid/side and dual mono routings are always on-hand.

150+ HOFA presets are loadable, but can only be edited to a limited extent. There are two different kids of presets. Presets for modules can be loaded in HOFA SYSTEM basic as long as the restricted parameters aren’t changed. For example, an AlgoVerb preset can be loaded as long as it uses the Plate algorithm.

Besides module presets a major feature of HOFA SYSTEM is to save whole processing chains. These chains can be loaded and changed in HOFA SYSTEM basic as long as all used modules parameters are available in the freeware. If a chain preset contains modules that would need a license it can only be loaded if it is a factory (HOFA) preset. In this case, it isn’t possible to change any routing or parameters.

There is a very detailed chart on the HOFA website that lists individual modules, points out its limitations (if any), and shows if it is always included of what full version it is available in.


Get Soundtoys Outer Limits Collection for Free



Soundtoys audio effects bring color, character, and creativity to your digital music studio with plug-ins that merge the sound and vibe of classic analog gear with modern musical twists. You can get their Outer Limits collection for free.

Outer Limits is a FREE collection of 67 presets designed to turn any audio into strange and frightening sounds, spacey sci-fi soundscapes, and mutated audio oddities. This preset expander uses the virtually limitless power of the Soundtoys Effect Rack to take sound design to alternate realities. Perfect for movies, TV, games, or that far out song intro you’ve been searching for.

Outer Limits requires the Soundtoys Effect Rack (version 5.2 or later), which is exclusively included in Soundtoys 5. You can listen to some of the Outer Limits sounds right on the Soundtoys website. They are grouped into three categories: Voice, Effects, and Drones.


Tether Tools Released its Case Relay Camera Power System



Tether Tools is committed to supplying professional and enthusiast photographers with the finest tethering photography equipment. They have released their Case Relay Camera Power System. It is a first of its kind, and provides uninterruptible power for a DSLR or mirrorless camera using any standard 5V USB external battery pack.

The Case Relay Camera Power system works in sync with the Relay Camera Coupler, designed specifically for your camera. A Relay Camera coupler is inserted directly into the camera battery port, then connected to the Case Relay CPS. The Case Relay connects directly to any standard 5V external battery, commonly known as a portable USB charger, widely available at most stores or via TetherTools.com.

With Case Relay’s own secondary, internal 1200 mAh battery, if the photographer’s external battery pack runs low it’s easy to swap the external battery and not lose power to the camera. With the Rock Solid External Battery Pack (10,000 mAh) from Tether Tools, photographers will be able to shoot considerably longer than with a standard camera battery. A 10,000 mAh external battery will provide 3-10 times the power of most camera batteries, depending on the camera.

Advantages:

  • Continually power your camera with USB battery packs
  • Hot-swap batteries mid-shooting with no downtime
  • No need to purchase multiple camera batteries
  • More cost effective than purchasing multiple proprietary camera batteries
  • Power sources are non-proprietary, so you can power your camera with the same 5V battery you use to charge phones or tablets.
  • Never need to charge camera batteries again