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FujiFilm Launches Fujifilm GFX 50R Mirrorless Digital Camera



Fujifilm is launching a rangefinder style GFX 50R as the latest model in the GFX Series of medium format mirrorless digital cameras incorporating a large sensor approximately 1.7 times the size of a full-size 35mm image sensor (43.8mm x 32.9mm). The GFX 50R will be released in November of 2018.

The GFX 50R produces ultra-high image quality by incorporating Fujufilm G Format Image Sensor with 51.4 million pixels, high-speed image processing engine X-Processor Pro, the high resolution FUJINON GF Lens, and Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology accumulated for more than 80 years.

Its lightweight and compact body – minimum width of 46mm and a weight of 775g – makes GFX 50R an ideal tool for snapshots, documentary photographs and portals.

Fujifilm introduced the GFX 50S as the first camera in the GFX Series in February 2017. With its compact, lightweight body and center viewfinder style, the GFX 50S proved popular among professional and high amateur photographers impressed with its image quality and mobility.

While maintaining the same ultra-high image quality as the GFX 50S, the GFX 50R caters to the needs of photographers who wish to use a camera designed with a compact lightweight body and simple operability like a traditional camera with the rangefinder style.

Features include:

  • Rangefinder style
  • Compact and lightweight body
  • Weather resistant structure
  • 43.8×32.9mm 51.4MP CMOS medium format sensor
  • X-Processor Pro
  • 2.36M-dot touchscreen LCD back panel
  • FUJINON GF Lens

Accusonus Licensed Advanced Audio Repair Technology to Adobe



Accusonus, a leading provider of machine learning-based software products for audio repair and music production announced it has licensed its patented single-channel noise and reverb removal technology to Adobe.

The Accusonus audio repair algorithms enable high-quality audio enhancement within easy-to-use, fast and efficient workflows. The new technology will be incorporated into the next releases of Adobe Premier Pro CC, and Adobe Audition CC, both part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

In addition to the noise and reverb removal technology in the upcoming releases of Adobe Premier Pro CC and Audition CC, Accusonus offers a suite of Enhancement and Repair of Audio (ERA) single-knob plugins and will soon be introducing two new offerings available for separate purchase: The ERA De-Clipper and ERA Voice Leveler.

With these new additions, the standard Accusonus ERA Bundle – which includes ERA Noise Remover, ERA Reverb Remover, ERA De-Esser, and ERA Plosive Remover – will total six plugins.

All Accusonus ERA plug-ins have been tested extensively and work seamlessly within Adobe Premier Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC. Each of these solves an important, common audio problem by offering high-quality processing in a streamlined workflow. The ERA Bundle Pro adds ERA-D, a joint de-noise and de-reverberation tool that offers a dual channel workflow and spectral band processing.

Acusonusus’ ERA Bundle plugins run on both Windows and Mac platforms.


PreSonus Audio Introduces CDL Series Loudspeakers



PreSonus Audio Electronics has introduced the CDL-Series loudspeakers, the latest addition to the company’s line of innovative sound reinforcement designs.

The result of years of research and development, the CDL12 Constant Directivity Loudspeaker combines the best attributes of a point source and line array technology into a unique patent-pending design, with consistent SPL throughout the frequency response range, both on-and off-axix.

The companion subwoofer, the CDL18s, utilizes an innovative ported design that maximizes efficiency to create a big bass sound from a compact cabinet. Both Dante-enabled, powered enclosures can be flown as a vertical array, or combined for ground-stacked applications to create a complete, coherent loudspeaker system with an even response across the frequency spectrum.

Each CDL12 consists of eight 2-inch drivers aligned in a segmented circular-arc high-frequency array centered in front of the low-frequency driver travels from the same acoustic axis as the high-frequency array so that the pattern always radiates from the center of the CDL12- whether used individually, or as part of an acoustically coupled vertical array with up to six enclosures.

Because of this, the CDL12 avoids the near filed anomalies that can interfere with the sound quality of a traditional line array. This makes the CDL12 ideally suited for a broader range of venue sizes, creating a far-field response almost immediately as the sound is projected from the center of the enclosure.

The CDL18s features a unique port configuration that maximizes efficiency to create big bass sound from a compact cabinet. Each of the four triangle-shaped ports is places in a corner so that it couples to the cabinet, using the side walls to effectively elongate each port and allowing the CDL18s to move air in a compact enclosure.

Its custom 18-inch low-frequency transducer with 4-inch voice coil can travel 7 mm before over-excursion, and easily handles 800W, providing the articulate low-end punch audio professionals demand. The CDL18s and CDL12 form a unique loudspeaker system ideal for both portable PA and installed sound systems.


Canon Introduces the PowerShot SX70 HS Camera



Canon has introduced the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 65x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 21-1365mm), 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera is an ideal fit for anyone who wants powerful optical performance in a compact package.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm3  and a zoom up to 2730mm (with ZoomPlus), the PowerShot SX70 HS allows users to create beautiful close-ups and stunning wide shots without changing lenses.

The PowerShot SX70 HS features a 0.39-inch, approximately 2.36-million dot, high definition OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for clear, crisp representation of what the lens is seeing. This camera also features 4K video shooting and frame grabbing, and is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera comparable with the latest RAW format (CR3).

With the addition of a new eye sensor, the camera automatically switches to the EVF display simply by bringing the camera up to the eye. Additionally, the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology offers quick and easy sharing, making the switch from smartphone photography to the PowerShot SX70 HS camera simple and fun.

The DIGIC 8 processor enables the PowerShot SX70 HS camera to achieve five stops of IS with dual-sensing image stabilization (IS). Even during handheld shooting, IS allows users to take pictures with minimal worry about camera shake. The camera also features high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps.

A Zoom Framing Assist button on the side of the barrel enables quick adjustments of the view angle, which is especially useful during telephoto shooting. With a large grip for comfortable, stable shooting and an EOS-like user interface, the PowerShot SX70 HS will make it easy for artistic vision to come to life in the hands of photographers at any level.

The PowerShot SX70 will be available for purchase in November 2018 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.


Taylor Guitars has a Fall Giveaway



Taylor Guitars is doing a Fall for Ovangkol Giveaway. Now through November 2, 2018, someone will win a new 414ce acoustic-electric guitar featuring Taylor’s V-Class bracing.

One (1) winner from the U.S. and Canada and one (1) winner from the Netherlands, Germany, France, or the United Kingdom, will each receive a Taylor V-Class 414ce guitar, valued at an approximate retail value (ARV) of $2,399.99 (€2,054.69).

The 400 Series has always offered players reliable, professional-grade guitars with premium features and a workmanlike aesthetic. This year’s 414ce, a Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar, boasts a solid Sitka spruce top over back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood that is prized by Taylor Guitars for its sonic versatility and balance.

This particular tonewood combination produces a bright response with clear highs and a warm, resonant low end, with enough mid-range presence for a truly balanced sound across the frequency range.

The addition of V-Class bracing transforms the 414ce into a working musician’s dream – the new internal design provides stability along the center axis plus a flexible, orderly top vibration, producing greater volume and unmatched sustain. Even better: the new bracing helps resolve the clashing overtones that cause imperfect intonation in traditionally braced guitars, creating a perfectly tuneful experience all the way down the neck.

Visit the Taylor Guitars website for more details about their Fall Giveaway.


Roland Unveils AX-Edge Keytar



Roland unveiled the AX-Edge Keytar, a performance synthesizer designed to be played in a standing position with a shoulder strap.

Building on decades of refinement and input around the world, the AX-Edge features 49 full-sized keys and a professional sound set crafted specifically for keytarists. It also offers a sleek, modern design with the unique ability to interchange Edge Blades and customize the instrument’s look. Compact and battery operated, the AX-Edge is a powerful mobile instrument that enables performing keyboardists to take center stage and put their music in the spotlight.

The AX-Edge delivers a striking presence that makes any live player stand out. Models are available in black or white finishes, and the black model features an all-black keyboard for a dark, sophisticated appearance. Each AX-Edge model comes with an extra Edge Blade in the box (a silver Edge Blade for the black model and a gold Edge Blade for the white), allowing the player to create a fresh look that complements their personal performance style.

The AX-Edge is a carefully curated sound set driven by Roland’s latest sound technologies. Optimized for stage performance, the sounds are designed to cut through even in loud bands. Dedicated buttons provide instant access to effects that provide polished, studio-quality tone in any venue. And thanks to the Tone Remain function, players can switch sounds seamlessly without notes or effect tails being cut of prematurely.

When powered with rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, the AX-Edge provides up to four full hours of mobile playing time. The instrument can also be powered via an AC adaptor.


Fujifilm to Launch FUJIFILM X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera



FujuFilm will launch FUJIFILM X-T3 (X-T3) as the latest model in the X Series known for superior image quality with proprietary color reproduction technology. The camera will be launched on September 20, 2018.

Compact and lightweight X-T3 packs newly-developed back-illuminated 26.1MP Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine, which boasts the processing speed approx. 3 times faster than that of current models, to achieve the highest level of quality and AF accuracy in the history of the X-Series.

The ability to track a moving subject has also been improved with blackout-free burst-mode capability. It’s extended video recording capability meets the needs of professional videographers, supporting 4K/60fps 10-bit video recording for the first time in the world with rich and smooth tonality.

Some Specifications Include:

  • Number of effective pixels: 26.1 millions pixels
  • Image Sensor: 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter
  • Sensor Cleaning System: Ultra Sonic Vibration
  • Lens Mount: FUJIFILM X mount
  • LCD Monitor: 3.0 inch aspect ratio 3.2 approx. 1.04 millions dots touch screen color LDC monitor (approx. 100% coverage)
  • Dimensions: (W) 132.5mm x (H) 92.8mm x (D) 58.8mm (minimum depth 35.4mm)
  • Weight: Approx. 539g (including battery and SD memory card); Approx 489g (excluding battery and SD memory card).
  • Starting up period: Approx 0.3sec

Yamaha Brought New Products to IBC 2018



Yamaha brought new products and updated firmware at IBC 2018. Yamaha has a digital mixing solution suitable for every type of broadcast need, from the biggest event to the most compact studio or broadcast facility.

Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems have rapidly become the new byword for excellence in the large format market. The facilities, audio quality, high channel counts and ease of use are all proving a hit with engineers across the world. IBC sees the launch of updated firmware and two new interface cards for RIVAGE systems, which add features especially relevant to the broadcast market.

The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect with a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts.

The HY144D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected. Meanwhile, the latest Version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.

New Version 5.1 firmware update for Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixers directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital receiver – used extensively in both broadcast and live production environments – significantly enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters.

In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the idea solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.


Adobe Joins the Netflix Post Technology Alliance



Netflix announced the Netflix Post Technology Alliance. It is a program for manufacturers of products that generate or manage any kind of sound data, image data, or metadata from production through post. Any product that meets this criterion is a candidate for the Netflix Post Technology Alliance logo.

As an artist, it’s important that your needs drive the technical innovation in the tools you use. The Netflix Post Technology Alliance will act as a conduit for Netflix to support creatives and technology partners on new feature sets for tools, so artists can spend their creative energy on what matters most – the storytelling.

Adobe announced that they are excited that Adobe will be joining Netflix’s new Post Technology Alliance. Adobe Premier Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC will receive a Post Technology Alliance product designation. Together, Adobe and Netflix will work hand-in-hand to solve the challenges currently faced by post-production professionals and push the boundaries of technology so creativity can flow freely.

The Netflix Post Technology Alliance includes the industry leaders in four categories: cameras, creative editorial, color grading, and IMF packaging, with products from Adobe, Arri, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Colorfront, Fraunhofer IIS, Filmlight, Marquise Technologies, MTI Film, Ownzones, Panasonic, Red Digital Cinema, Rohde & Schwarz, and Sony.

Netflix has launched a new logo program to help people identify the products that are partners. When you see the Netflix Post Technology Alliance logo, you’ll know the product meets Netflix’s technical and delivery specifications today, and will continue to do so in the future.


Revolver Magazine is Giving Away a Shuriken Variax Guitar



Revolver Magazine has teamed up with Line 6 to do a giveaway. One person will win a brand new Shuriken Variax guitar. To enter, you must sign up for the Revolver newsletter. At the time I am writing this, there are 12 days left to enter.

Shuriken Variax guitars resulted from a collaboration between Shuriken Guitars, Line 6 and Yamaha Guitar Development. They are modern, high-quality instruments featuring unique body shapes with contoured edges, Indian ebony fretboards, custom mid-gain humbucking pickups, and all of the sonic versatility provided by Variax HD technology.

One winner will receive 1 Shuriken Variax guitar from Line 6 and a one-year subscription to Revolver magazine. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.

As always, it is a good idea to read the Terms & Conditions of any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ends on September 23, 2018, at 11:59pm PST. This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Residents in Alabama and Nebraska must be 19 years of age or older.

Entrants must supply their full name, email address and zip code and join Revolver’s email newsletter. Entrants may also share the contest to earn additional entries (but this is not required to enter).

One winner will be selected by random drawing on or about September 24, 2018, from all eligible entries received during the sweepstakes period. No cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize is not transferrable. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.