Lewitt Audio Introduces Three New Microphones



Lewitt Audio makes exceptional microphones for genuine sound. They have introduced three new microphones for 2017: the LCT 240 PRO, the LCT 440 PURE, and the INTERVIEWER. All of them are “soon-to-be released”.

The LCT 440 PURE represents the distilled essence of Lewitt’s top-tier microphone technology, packed into a sturdy, stylish, and compact housing. The capsule delivers an impressive level of detail and very low self-noise. It features a cardiod polar pattern and will be sold as a bundle including shock mount, magnetic pop filter, windscreen, and mic bag at a competitive price.

Focusing on the essentials is the tagline for their soon-to-be released LCT 240 PRO, an extremely versatile cardioid condenser microphone designed for everyone who’s looking to take the next step towards professional recording. All basic applications can be covered thanks to its highly nuanced and transparent sound.

The INTERVIEWER is an extremely sturdy dynamic microphone featuring an omnidirectional polar pattern. It’s fully rubber-mounted capsule combines with a new coating technology to reduce all handling noise to a minimum while offering a safe and comfortable grip. With it’s purpose-built Dust Protection Membrane and a super-rugged and resilient housing, the INTERVIEWER will be the perfect companion even under the roughest conditions.


Amped Studio Is a Digital Audio Workstation in the Cloud



Amped Studio logoIt’s easier than ever to work on complex audio projects from almost any location. But doing so may still require producers to have to haul around bulky accessories like hard drives, with all of their attendant parts and cables, in order to work in a remote location. At this point in history, we’ve grown accustomed to storing everything from spreadsheets to our personal photo libraries in the cloud. So why not also do the same thing with our audio projects?

That’s exactly what Amped Studio, a digital audio workstation released earlier this year by AmpTrack Technologies, is aiming to do:

Amped Studio is the first Hybrid Digital Audio Workstation that works in the cloud, giving you instant access to all the tools you need to make music like virtual instruments, effects and loops right from your web browser. You can also download Amped Studio to use as a native app that reads VSTs and can work online and off.

Amped Studio platform doesn’t lock you in on how and where you work and allows you to shift away from having to use a single computer. All your projects, instruments and effects are readiliy available for use anytime, anyplace.

Amped Studio has multiple tiers, beginning with a basic free version. If you’d like to try the DAW, you can learn how to get started as well as how to download the native versions of the application by reading the Amped Studio manual.


A Fully Loaded iMac Pro Could Cost More Than $17k



Apple logoApple has been under fire from professional-level users for some time. It’s been four years since the Cupertino-based tech giant refreshed its Mac Pro line, which may as well be a century in terms of modern computing. Many users have been wondering if Apple is abandoning the pro community for the more lucrative consumer smartphone/tablet market.

At last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, most of Apple’s big announcements revolved around operating systems and other software updates. But there were a few hardware-related announcements, most notably, the upcoming iMac Pro. In some ways, the iMac Pro feels like a consolation prize for pro users. It’s overall a more up-to-date piece of hardware than the current Mac Pro tower. But it’s not the updated standalone upgradable CPU offering that most pro users are longing for.

Regardless of Apple’s intent in releasing a true pro-level iMac, the machine does have some decent specs at the base level. With a price tag of $4999, the iMac Pro is definitely not being aimed at typical college students or casual web surfers. And while that starting price tag might be worth it to some users, that is still the base model price. Which means it’s very likely it’ll be possible to spend much more on an iMac Pro.

Apple hasn’t released a price-based configurator yet for the iMac Pro. But one ZDNet writer decided to try and figure out just what a true tricked-out iMac Pro might cost. His conclusion: $17,324. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for a single computer. But it’d be an iMac Pro with all top-of-the line specs, which could be appealing to power users who need to do a lot of number crunching.

If you’d like to find out more about this theoretical maxed-out iMac, click the link in the paragraph above.

 


Podcaster Pro Crowdfunding Campaign Is Underway



We’ve written before about the Podcaster Pro, a self-contained audio production device being created by Small Batch Audio with the help of pioneering podcaster Adam Curry. When we last covered the Podcaster Pro, the device was still being ramped up for launch. Since then, the Podcaster Pro has been officially launched via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

As a quick recap, the Podcaster Pro is a USB-based audio interface designed to make recording high-quality audio as easy as possible. Here are some of the device’s features:

  • 2 XLR mic inputs with 48v phantom power
  • 1 stereo Skype/VoIP USB input
  • 1 stereo computer/soundboard USB input
  • 1 stereo mix-minus for Skype/VoIP via USB
  • 1 stereo main via USB
  • 1 stereo main analog out
  • 2 headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • 4 independent noise gates
  • 5 compressors/limiters
  • 2 A-class preamps
  • 5 independent EQs
  • 2 cough switches

Backers of the crowdfunding campaign can reserve a Podcaster Pro starting at the early-bird price of $497. Special Podcaster Pro bundles that include accessories like microphones and headphones are also available.

Special signature models of the Podcaster Pro that are etched with signatures from podcasting luminaries can be reserved thru the campaign. Signature models for Adam Curry, Todd Cochrane, Dan Benjamin, Brian Brushwood, and more are available.

The Podcaster Pro campaign has reached 16% of its $500,000 goal. The campaign has a month left before it expires.


iZotope Neutron Elements on Sale for a Limited Time



iZotope logoiZotope is a maker of world-class audio plugins. It’s worth jumping on any chance you might have to pick up new iZotope plugins, and this month, there’s a great opportunity to do just that.

iZotope’s suite of Neutron plugins is focused on producing better audio mixes:

Achieve unprecedented focus and clarity in your mixes with Neutron. This new mixing plug-in combines the latest innovations in analysis and metering with award-winning audio processing.

With powerful new features like Track Assistant and Masking Meter, Neutron helps you quickly reach an optimal starting point, clearly identify perceptual frequency collisions, and fully wield creative control over all your mix decisions.

iZotope offers three tiers of this plugin: Neutron Elements, Neutron, and Neutron Advanced. Neutron Elements is currently on sale for a limited time. Here are some features that can be found in Neutron Elements:

  • Channel-strip style workflow with over 200 professionally-designed presets
  • Instrument detection for guitar, bass, drums, and vocals/dialogue
  • Spectral shaping technology
  • Equalizer with static and dynamic modes
  • Compressor with clean modern or colorful vintage modes
  • Exciter with four blendable saturation types and three global modules to fine-tune saturation color
  • Transient shaper with three contour shapes and three global modes

iZotope Neutron Elements normally sells for $129 but is available now for $99 until June 30th.


Wirecast 7.7 Supports NDI Broadcasting



telestream-logoWirecast, the popular video production application produced by Telestream, added input support for Newtek’s NDI protocol in its previous update, version 7.6. Wirecast 7.7 is now on the street and the latest version of the program also allows Wirecast to send video signals over NDI. From a recent Telestream e-mail blast:

Last month we released the first support for NDI sources with Wirecast 7.6. This release made it possible for Wirecast to automatically detect and receive any video or audio that was broadcast via Newtek’s high-quality, low-latency NDI protocol.

Now, let’s go the other direction with Wirecast 7.7! We’ve just made it possible to broadcast your Wirecast program output across your Local Area Network, using Newtek’s NDI protocol.

Send your broadcast to other Wirecast systems on your network to share the workload, or pass your signal to other switchers, monitors, and NDI-enabled apps!

We’ve written a lot about Newtek’s NDI protocol here at Pro Gear Guru. NDI allows for the transfer of high-quality video over computer networks. Now that Wirecast is supporting both NDI input and output, any production machine running Wirecast will be able to ingest video from any other NDI-enabled device on its network, and also send that video to any other NDI-enabled device. This new addition will make Wirecast a very powerful tool for any production that requires multiple video sources.

Wirecast 7.7 is a free upgrade for anyone currently using a previous 7.x version of Wirecast.


Hive Lighting Introduces Wasp 100-C LED Light



Hive Lighting manufacturers high performance, energy efficient Plasma and LED lights for film, photo, TV, digital, science, and sports. Hive has introduced the Wasp 100-C LED light. It is an environmentally friendly lighting product.

The Wasp 100-C combines brilliant and energy-efficient LED lights with Hive’s Perfect S.H.O.T. System. It is a simple product built around you, made for real production scenarios.

With the Wasp-100 C, you can:

Play with color – Full hue and saturation controls gives you the ultimate ability to create an immersive lighting experience with infinite color combinations.

Leverage white light controls – Thanks to Hive’s white light controls, you can easily adjust lighting from warm candle light to cool daylight to support productions in any locations or at any time of day.

Accessorize – The Wasp-100-C has a 180 degree spread and is compatible with the accessories to shape light any way you want. Use light modifying accessories to customize your lighting for different on screen talent, subjects and locations. Create a theatrical spot light or a soft beauty light, a lantern light or a powerful flood.

Be in control – Control the saturation, hue and color of the light through professional DMX boards, a simple interface on the light itself or via your smartphone app.

Wasp 100-C Features:

  • Onmi-Color LED
  • 98 CRI / 97 TLCI
  • 1-100% saturation
  • 360 degree hue controls
  • 0-100% dimming control
  • 1,650K-8,000K color temperature
  • Manual, DMX, smartphone control
  • 100-240 VAC input via power supply
  • 12-28 VDC input via 4-Pin XLR
  • 7.5” (190mm) Length x 4” (100mm) Diameter body
  • 5” (127mm) reflector face
  • 5 lbs. / 2.3 kg

Wasp 100-C Kit Includes:

  • Wasp 100-C head unit with 22” reflector
  • Wasp 100-C power supply 100-240 VAC
  • HDP Lenses: medium, wide, and super wide
  • 5 inch 4-leaf barn doors
  • manual

Canon Announces New Canon EOS C200 and EOS C200B



Canon announced the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C2200B Digital Cinema Cameras, the latest additions to its acclaimed Cinema EOS line of professional cinema cameras. Designed to meet the demanding needs of filmmakers and TV production users, the new Canon cinema offerings will combine the ease of use of entry level cinema cameras with exciting new, high-end features that are ideal for cinema, documentary, wildlife, wedding and event productions.

Representing the third generation of the Cinema EOS system, the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras feature the latest in Canon technologies and offer two 4K video formats, Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4, optimized for those interested in recording beautiful HDR video. Alongside a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system, Canon’s celebrated Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and improved operability for professionals, these new products are capable of capturing stunning 4K video across a variety of production applications.

Based on feedback from Cinema EOS users, this new offering will be available in two configurations, while retaining the same core technologies within. The Canon EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera is a production-ready solution that can be used right out of the box, accompanied by an LCD Monitor, LCD Attachment, Camera Grip and Handle Unit. The camera also features a 1.77 million dot OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF).

For those who crave more versatility and the ability to craft custom setups tailored to their subject or environment, the Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Camera offers cinematographers the same camera without these accessories and the EVF to optimize shooting using a gimbal, drone, or a variety of other configurations.

The Canon EOS C200 and the EOS C200B are scheduled to be available in August 2017 for estimated retail process of $7,499 and $5,999 respectively. (Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice.)


iZotope’s Spire is a Multitrack Music Production App



Spire logoIt’s easier than ever to create multitrack music productions. Devices like portable recorders, smartphones, and tablets allow musicians to do everything from capture song ideas to produce full multitrack compositions almost anywhere.

It seems only logical that an established music-production software company like iZotope would take advantage of this modern portable recording landscape. And the company has done just that with the recent release of its multitrack music-production app, Spire.

iZotope’s Spire app allows users to record up to eight tracks with “professional polish.” Spire also allows users to edit tracks to tighten up productions and create seamless loops. Spire users can then mix those tracks by adjusting individual track volume and pan settings. Users can also choose between mono or stereo playback. And finally, multitrack creations made within Spire can be exported to other audio-production apps for enhanced processing, or they can be uploaded to external services for further sharing and storage options.

iZotope’s Spire app may sound impressive enough just based on its features alone. But the most remarkable thing about Spire might be its price, as Spire is completely free! No in-app purchases. No weird registration requirements. Just download the app, and get to work producing your next musical masterpiece.


Fishman TriplePlay Software 1.4 is Now Available



TriplePlay LogoElectric guitars can produce a wide range of tones and sounds right out of the box. An electric guitar’s sonic capability can be greatly extended thru the use of effects pedals and processors. But even with all of the possibilities available in the modern guitar world, it can still be a challenge to make a guitar properly reproduce the sounds of other instruments. Thanks to digital samples and MIDI, keyboard players have had access to a countless number of instrument and synthesizer sounds for decades. And while guitar synthesizers have been around for some time, they’ve only recently become truly useful for most guitarists.

One big advance in guitar-synth technology is the Fishman TriplePlay system. TriplePlay uses a special guitar pickup that translates guitar notes into MIDI and wirelessly transmits that data to a host device which can use that data to trigger digital samples in the same way as a keyboard or digital piano.

Fishman recently announced an update to its TriplePlay software. The company provided details for the update in an e-mail blast:

  • New library folders in the patches window
  • MIDI thru to all plugins and external hardware
  • Multi channel Mono and Single channel Poly modes can be chosen on a pre patch basis
  • Increased patch load speed
  • New graphic interface
  • Improved patch creation and patch editing features
  • Improved plugin stability
  • Improved DAW functionality

The Fishman TriplePlay software update can be downloaded here.