Blackmagic Design Announced New UltraStudio 4k Mini

Blackmagic Design announced UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G-SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

UltraStudio 4K Mini is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$995.

The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology, including 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and analog formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit hight dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 30p.

It is small enough to fit in a rack or be used on a desktop. The front panel features push button controls, an LCD for monitoring signal and setup, an XLR microphone input and a 1/4” headphone jack. UltraStudio 4K Mini features USB for connecting a keyboard and mouse, plus it will trickle charge their laptop computer when connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s even a built in SD card reader allowing instant access to their camera media cards.

With UltraStudio customers can connect to virtually any video device. All UltraStudio models include SDI in and out, HDMI for monitoring on TVs and projectors and analog YUV/NTSC/PAL video balanced analog input for archiving from legacy analog broadcast tape decks. The UltraStudio 4K Mini and Extreme models add an extra HDMI input plus a balanced analog audio for connecting to in-studio monitoring.

But on revolutionary Thunderbolt 3 technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to any computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily. Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio 4K models also include an AC power connection, perfect when working in studios.

UltraStudio 4K Mini Features:

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for 40 Gb/s capture and playback
  • 3 models available with both portable and rack mount options
  • Ideal fo edit monitoring, live graphics, archive and streaming
  • 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced audio
  • Supports 45W trickle charging to connected computer
  • Supports all SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p and 4K DCI formats
  • Front panel with LCD, mic input, headphones and SD card slot
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, color, VFX and audio
  • Includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux

Yamaha Debuted PSR-SX700 and PSR-XS900 Arranger Workstation Keyboards

Yamaha debuted the PSR-SX700 and the PSR-SX900, two 61-key Arranger Workstation keyboards for composing, arranging, and playing confidently out at gigs.

These elegant, all-in-one instruments, which replace the PSR-S775 and PSR-S975 respectively, inherit inspiring content and powerful features from Genos, the world’s most advanced Digital Workstation keyboard. Just as Genos set a new standard when it was introduced by the company last year, the new mid-priced keyboards are poised to raise the bar for workstations at more affordable price points.

How an Arranger Workstation sounds, and the ease of which the user can control these sounds, are critical considerations to the creative process. The PSR-SX700 and PRS-SX900 offer unmatched ultrarealistic and expressive Super Articulation Voices, with greater real-time control over a performance than other similarly-priced keyboards on the market today.

Both share a brilliant 7-inch TFT touch screen that incorporates the same intuitive graphic user interface offered on Genos, allowing users to easily navigate Voice and Style arrangements, as well as assess and adjust other settings.

Six new assignable controller buttons have been added beneath the touch screen, each of which can be arranged in a desired function. Simply pressing the button during a performance or composing/arranging session enables the user to jump directly to relevant controls in the display.

The PSR-SX900, which incorporates a newly-designed, bi-amped speaker system with a wide audio field, is the new flagship of the PSR-SX line. It boasts 4GB of internal memory, 1337 instrument Voices, 56 Drum/SFX kits, and 480 XG Voices, as well as 329 Multi Pad banks. To ensure silky-smooth, high-quality sound, the DAC (Digital Audio Converter) on this keyboard has been upgraded to 32-bit, the same as those found in Genos and in the top-of-the-line Yamaha MONTAGE synthesizer.

The PSR-SX700 includes many of the same features at a lower price point, and boasts 1GB of internal memory, 986 instrument Voices, 41 Drum/SFX kits and 480 XG Voices, as well as 5 insert effect slots, 226 Multi-Pad banks, Main L&R line outputs and one USB to device port.

The Yamaha PRS-SX900 (MSRP $2,799) and PSR-SX700 (MSRP $1,999) are expected to ship in October 2019.

GoPro and Quik Apps Combine for Awesome Mobile Editing Experience

GoPro announced its new GoPro app update, which integrates the best of the Quik video editing app into the GoPro app, and introduces a fresh visual design, improved storytelling tools, and enhanced filter capabilities, all powered by a revving new software engine. This is the first in a series of GoPro app updates designed to create a single app experience for mobile editing with all the utility functions for controlling your GoPro from your smartphone.

GoPro app users will immediately notice design updates, from a visual refresh and a more modern UI to a more intuitive navigation. But the real fun begins with the updates to the storytelling experience, with an improved QuikStory multi-clip workflow, which enables the GoPro app to better identify meaningful moments in your footage and suggest awesome story compilations of your photos and videos, automatically. These stories will include recently-shot GoPro content and users can also add any photo or video saved in the media library of their smartphone.

Another new capability of the GoPro app is the ability to mix and match filters in a single QuikStory. This update hands users the keys to more than 20 filter options and the license to apply multiple filter types within the same multi-clip video. The result is a highly-customizable editing experience with infinite creative options.

The GoPro app update offers additional creative flex by removing draft limitations of the previous editing model. Now your QuikStory video will remain in an always-editable format so you can go back and make changes at any time. This new functionality is a critical improvement from the previous Quik pass-through workflow, providing GoPro app users with a more powerful way to manage their media and update their edits on-demand.

Sony Introduced the RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera

Sony has introduced a new addition to its award-winning series of RX compact cameras; the RX 100 VII (model DSC-RX100M7). Utilizing technologies that were previously available only in Sony’s acclaimed Alpha 9 full-frame mirrorless camera, the RX100 VII achieves new levels of performance in a compact camera, in both stills and movie shooting.

The RX100 VII is powered by a newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest generation BIONZ X image processor, which work together to deliver peak autofocus and speed performance that has never been available in a compact camera. Flexibility of shooting is ensured by a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens, making the RX100 VII a versatile choice for all types of shooting scenarios and users, ranging from photo enthusiasts to professionals.

The RX100VII offers a world-leading 357 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points. In addition, thanks to a newly optimized lens drive control, the world’s fastest 0.02 sec AF acquisition time is realized. A major leap in AF/AE tracking performance during continuous shooting means the camera preforms AF/AE calculations up to 60 times per second and captures fast moving action at 20fps with AF/AE tracking, ensuring that each moment is shot with swift and accurate focus.

In addition, the image sensor realizes blackout-free shooting for a completely live view, even when continuous shooting at 20fps; the same experience as the Alpha 9. The RX100 VII also debuts a new drive mode, Single Burst Shooting, for capturing the perfect high-speed shot at up to 90fps in JPEG/RAW format utilizing the anti-distortion shutter. Single Burst Shooting allows the photographer to frame fast moving action and shoot as if it is taking a single shot, but the camera will actually deliver seven still images taken at 90fps, 60fps, or 30fps, so the user can select the perfect moment.

For the first time in a compact camera, the RX100 VII introduces advanced Real-time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF capabilities. Real-time Tracking utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm, introducing artificial intelligence-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen. Real-Time AF, the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, employs A.I.-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time.

The RX100 VII compact camera will ship in August 2019 for approximately $1,200 US and $1,600 CA.

Line 6 has Free Firmware Updates for Helix 2.81 and Helix Native

Line 6 is offering a free Helix firmware update that introduces 16 new amplifier and effects models, along with several new features, including the ability to adjust Powercab parameters via L6 LINK for control over your entire rig.

You get:

8 New Amps: (Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, and HX Stomp only)

  • Fullerton Nrm, based on the classic 1958 Fender 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (normal channel)
  • Fullerton Brt, based on the classic 1958 Fender 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (bright channel)
  • Fullerton Jump, based on the classic 1958 Fender 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (jumped channel)
  • Grammatico Nrm, based on the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (normal channel)
  • Grammatico Brt, based on the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (bright channel)
  • Grammatico Jump, based on the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (jumped channel)
  • Revv Gen Red, based on the red (gain 2) channel of the Revv Generator 120
    Ampeg SVT-4 PRO, based on the Ampeg SVT-4 Pro

8 New Effects:

  • Distortion > Dhyana Drive (Mono, Stereo) based on the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Heir Apparent (Mono, Stereo) based on the Analogman Prince of Tone
  • Distortion > Tone Sovereign (Mono , Stereo) based on the Analgman King of Tome V4
  • Distortion > ZeroAmp Bass DI (Mono, Stereo) based on the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Filter > Asheville Pattrn (Mono, Stereo) based on the Moog Moogerfooger MF-105M MIDI MuRF Filter (with both MuRF and Bass MuRF voicings)
  • EQ > Low/High Shelf, Line 6 Original EQ
  • EQ > Tilt, Line 6 Original EQ

And more! Visit the Line 6 website for more details. You can download the free Helix 2.81 Update from that website. The Helix Native 1.81 Update is also free to download from the Line 6 website. It includes the following new features:

HELIX/HX Preset Sharing—Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, and HX Stomp all now live within the same ecosystem. Using multiple windows within HX Edit and/or multiple instances within the Helix Native plug-in, individual blocks and entire presets can be freely dragged and dropped or copied and pasted between units. Aside from a few obvious caveats, all Helix and HX products can now share the same content

Hardware Compatibility Modes—Helix Native can now reflect the signal flow and model set of all Helix and HX hardware devices, so transferring presets to and from your DAW is even easier. In addition, Hardware Compatibility can be disabled, so the simultaneous model count is now limited only by the capacity of your computer

Undo/Redo—New Undo and Redo buttons have been added to the right of the Snapshots pull-down

MIDI Learn—Right-click on a parameter and select Controller Assign > MIDI Learn. A brain icon flashes. Send Helix Native a MIDI CC and the parameter is automatically assigned. (Note: Depending on your DAW, your track may not be set up for MIDI control)

Line 6 Introduced Powercab 212 Plus and Spider MkII Amplifiers

At Summer NAMM 2019, Line 6 debuted the Powercab 212 Plus Active Stereo Guitar Speaker System and the Spider V MkII series of practicing and performing amplifiers.

All five Spider V MkII amplifiers let you plug in and immediately rock a traditional amp tone, or tweak parameters until you’ve devised a unique tone of your own. The all-new presets include classic amp sounds dialed in by a renowned tube-amp maker, and showcase the new Classic Speaker mode.

The 500-watt Powercab 212 Plus is the premier amplification system for Helix or any modeler, offering a flat (FRFR) mode, or a choice of 12 proprietary speaker models – not the same as cab models or cab IRs, for an authentic “amp-in-the-room” playing experience.

Features of the Powercab 212 Plus include:

  • Speaker Quantity: 1
  • Speaker Type: Ferrite Coaxial Custom by Eminence
  • Compression Driver(s): Celestion CDX 1-1010
  • Loudness SPL: 125dB SPL @ 1m
  • Peak Wattage: 250 watts
  • Speaker Size: 12”
  • Frequency Response: 70Hz – 20kHz
  • Speaker Models: 12 (with 2.0 firmware)
  • Combination Input Jacks: 2
  • XLR Direct Outs: 1
  • L6 LINK / AES/EBU: Input and Output
  • USB Audio Interface: USB-B
  • User Presets: 128
  • Display: 2” LCD
  • Cabinet Material: Poplar Plywood
  • Kickstands: Yes
  • Porting: Front
  • Third-Party Impulse Response (IR) Support: 2048 sample
  • MIDI DIN: 2: In, Out/Thru

DJI Introduced Ronin-SC

DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.

The Ronin-SC was created to be portable and travel friendly, weighing only 2.4 lbs., 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and can be taken apart to easily fit into backpacks and cases. The reduced weight makes the Ronin-SC not only easily transportable but aids in reducing fatigue when using it on extended photo and video shoots.

Using high quality materials including magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic, the Ronin-SC’s durable construction is built to last and endure everyday use. Its powerful high-grade motors are capable of supporting up to 4.4 lbs and its dedicated battery offers users up to 11 hours of operation.

Taking feedback from the Ronin-S, the Ronin-SC offers new design features including 3 axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axis which makes balancing the camera simplified as well as helping during transportation.

Additionally, the Ronin-SC features a new position lock system. Once the gimbal is balanced, the time it takes to remount the camera and start working is mere seconds, saving precious time during shoots. Similar to the Ronin-S, users can control the gimbal movement with the responsive joystick and easily access different modes and gimbal settings with the use of the Mode (M) button and the front trigger button.

A staple in the Ronin series, the Ronin-SC features a host of intelligent modes to inspire all levels of content creators. Using the redesigned Ronin app, users can set up to 3 different custom profiles, adjust various settings such as motor output and even run balance tests to ensure that the camera system is properly setup.

Features include:

  • New Force Mobile: The new Force Mobile, similar to Force Pro, conveniently synchronizes the movement of your connected mobile device with the Ronin-SC gimbal, offering an immersive filming experience.
  • New ActiveTrack 3.0: Using a mobile device, Ronin-SC users can select a subject for the gimbal to accurately follow. The new algorithms include deep learning deep learning and optimized calculations for human figures.
  • Virtual Joystick: Control gimbal movement remotely using the virtual joystick, ideal for when Ronin-SC is on a tripod or monopod.
  • TimeLapse: Create compelling TimeLapse content, adjusting settings including interval, clips and frames per second.
  • Motionlapse: Add the element of motion to your TimeLapse.
  • Motion Control: Set unique movement paths with Motion Control by selecting up to 10 different points.
  • Panorama: Automatically capture panoramas in multiple rows or columns.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik At Summer NAMM 2019

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik announced that they will exhibit at Summer NAMM 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Find them at the Music City Center in booth #443 from July 18-120, 2019.

Stop by the booth to see and listen to the brand new Alchemy Microphone series featuring the TF29 Copperhead, TF39 Copperhead Deluxe, TF47 and TF51. The rest of our product line will be on display including the Diamond, FET and Dynamic series microphones, as well as our Direct Boxes, Vacuum Tubes and Accessories.

The Alchemy Microphone series was designed, hand-built, and tested to strict quality standards in Connecticut, USA. The Alchemy Microphone Series is TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers. These new microphone models feature sonic profiles developed from the ground up.

The Diamond Microphone Series includes five microphones. The ELA M 251E is a meticulously accurate reissue of one of the most legendary microphones of all time, featured on countless hits and classic recordings. The ELA M 251 T is based upon the classic ELA M 251T microphone, but with a modern twist: The 251T utilizes Alloy 2213 as the diaphragm membrane material instead of gold.

The TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustic recreation of the iconic U47 is exact in every detail, down to the historically accurate BV8 transformer and M7 capsule. The U48 is a historically accurate recreation of the legendary U47 variant, the U48 features bidirectional capability, as well as cardioid.

Revered for its smooth and airy frequency response, if there were ever a classic microphone that was the epitome of classic, hi-fidelity sound, it would be the C12.

Sony Electronics Introduces High Resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera

Sony Electronics Inc. announced the latest edition to is acclaimed Alpha 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line up: the extremely versatile, powerful Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4).

Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting, and much, much more.

The new Alpha 7R IV features a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP, the world’s first of its kind. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction techniques combine to deliver extremely low-noise and high-sensitivity performance, ensuring the absolute maximum image quality.

The camera also boasts an impressive 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilizes algorithms from many of the latest Alpha cameras to maintain outstanding color reproduction.

This new full-frame model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis, optical in-body image stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a shutter speed advantage of 5.5-steps. Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been carefully redesigned to reduce even the slightest movement that may cause blur.

Additionally, the new camera features an evolved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in one pixel or half-pixel increments to capture 16 separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of 963.2 million pixels of data, which are then composited into a 240.8 million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) image using Sony’s “Imaging Edge” desktop application.

Features include:

  • World’s first 33mm full-frame 61.0 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X image processor
  • 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth, natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE tracking for approximately seven seconds in full frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three-times as long in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image areas and 425 contrast AF points
  • Debut of Real-time AF for movie recording and advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still imaging
  • Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high-resolution images of 26.2MP
  • 5.76 million dot UZGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity, FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more
  • Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode, S-Log3, HDR workflow support
  • Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button layout for improved control with compact lightweight body

Digital Audio Labs Released the LM-MICPRE Intercom Mic Preamp

Digital Audio Labs has released the LM-MICPRE intercom mic preamp for external intercom microphone. The price is MSRP $299.99.

The Livemix LM-MICPRE is a USB powered intercom microphone preamp. It provides the ability to use an external dynamic microphone with the built-in intercom system. Using an external mic with the intercom allows musical directors and team members to communicate clearly.

It also helps you save channels on the personal mixers or console. Any standard dynamic microphone can be used as an intercom microphone with the LM-MICPRE.

When using an external mic for the intercom microphone, the intercom button can be configured in one of three different modes. Always on will leave the intercom microphone active at all times. With latch mode, one button press will turn the intercom microphone on and another press will turn it off. In push to talk or momentary mode, the intercom mic will be active only while the button is being depressed.

The LM-MICPRE also works with the optional FP-2 foot pedal. The same button functionality can be assigned to the first foot switch button for hands free intercom operation.