Antlion Audio Presents ModMic USB and ModMic Uni



Antlion Audio presents the ModMic USB and the ModMic Uni. They are part of the new ModMic line (which also includes ModMic Wireless.)

The ModMic USB is the culmination of all the things we learned from ModMic 4, ModMic Wireless, and Antlion USB Sound Card in one.

ModMic USB Components include:

Microphone Capsules
Antlion Audio upgraded the ModMic USB with the new, premium, uni-directional mic they use in the ModMic Wireless. This noise-canceling mic sounds better than their previous generation mic, and that says a lot given their previous mics are known for their outstanding quality. They also kept the dual mic modes from ModMic 5 design, reusing the same incredible omni-directional capsule for that extra oomph of quality if you want to full broadcast mode.

Microphone Preamplifier
Antlion Audio built an amp into the tip of the ModMic USB to ensure a loud and high-quality signal with no distortion. This is one of the key components that ensures the ModMic Wireless sounds so good, and is only possible thanks to the USB power source.

Premium ADC
Antlion Audio believes their USB sound card is a step beyond the curve, but there was still room for improvement. So they took what they learned from their USB Sound Card to create a new and incredible analog to digital conversion (ADC) featuring a premium ADC chipset. Between this ADC and our premium mic capsule, we create a really impressive dynamic range for the mic with nothing left behind.

Digital Mute
Once again borrowing from their ModMic Wireless, they used what they learned to create an in-line digital mute switch. Easy to reach, absolutely silent.

ModMic Uni Components include:

Microphone Capsule
It has the same incredible noise-canceling mic capsule found in the USB and ModMic Wireless.

New Insides
Antlion Audio overhauled the new internal components and shielding to ensure the best signal to noise ratio of any analog 3.5mm ModMic.

Analog Mute
The new mute switch design is built tough.


Eventide has a Flash Sale on Instant Phaser and Instant Flanger



Eventide announced a flash sale on two classic Eventide effects – Instant Phaser Mk II and Instant Flanger Mk II. It is unclear how long the flash sale will last, so if this is something you are interested in, you may want to move quickly.

Instant Phaser Mk II features the same legendary sound with all the analog personality of the original hardware from 1971. Plugin offers three different flavors of phasing and innovative Age knob. The regular price is $129. It is 75% off during the flash sale.

Instant Flanger Mk II brings vintage take flanging to your plug-in toolbox. A truly versatile tool, you can use it for stereo sweetening, subtle modulations, double tracking and extreme flanging effects. The regular price is $129. It is 75% off during the flash sale.

Right now, it is possible to request a Plug-in Demo for several of Eventide’s plug-ins. The list includes both Instant Phaser Mk II and Instant Flanger Mk II. You must have an iLok account to request an Eventide demo.


FujiFilm Won Good Design Awards 2019 for 32 Products



FujiFilm Corporation President Kenji Sukeno is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Good Design Award 2019, organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, for products in a wide range of business fields including the X Series and GFX Series of digital cameras, ASTALIFT series of cosmetics products and endoscopy systems. The company has won the Award for 32 products, the largest number awarded companies this year and also a record number Fujifilm has ever won.

In addition, five products, including the binoculars FUJINON TECHNO-STABI TS-X 1440, ultrasound equipment iViz air, and FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z5000 have been selected for the Good Design Best 100.

In developing a wide range of products and services, Fujifilm has pursued a high level of functionality and performance, while working on developing designs that bring out the full potential of excellent functionality. The company strives to create new product value by pursuing not only exterior design aesthetics but also exploring designs that facilitate ease of use and operability.

Amidst its pursuit for design excellence as a key product value, Fujifilm has managed to win the Good Design Award for 32 of its products, the highest number won among the awarded companies. Encouraged by this achievement, the company will continue to work on developing outstanding products.

Some of Fujifilm’s products that won the Good Design Award 2019 include:

  • Hybrid instant camera instax mini LiPlay
  • Mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM X-T30
  • Mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM X-A7
  • Mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM GFX 100
  • Interchangeable lens for digital camera X series FUJINON LENS XF16-80mmF4 OIS WR
  • Interchangeable lens for digital camera X series FUJINON LENS XF16mmF2.8 R WR
  • Interchangeable lens for digital camera GFX series FUJINON LENS GF50mmF3.5 LM WR
  • EVF tilt adapter for digital camera GFX series EVF-TL1
  • Standard zoom cinema lens FUJINON Premista28-100mmT2.9
  • Broadcast portable zoom lens FUJINON UA18.x7.6BERD / UA23x7.6BERD
  • Broadcast portable zoom lens FUJINON LA16xBRM
  • Focus position demand unit FUJINON EPD-41A-D02 for broadcast portable lens
  • Zoom Rate Demand Unit FUJINON ERD-40A-D01 for broadcast portable lens

BOSS Introduces Katana MKII Guitar Amplifier Lineup



BOSS introduces the Katana MkII Guitar Amplifier lineup, the next generation of the acclaimed Katana amp series. Katana amps have received worldwide acclaim for their authentic tube tone and feel, onboard BOSS effects, easy sound customization, and exceptional value. Building on the tones and features that made the original series such a player’s favorite, the stage-class Katana MkII amps turbocharge the core platform with more sounds, more effects, and increased versatility.

The Katana MkII lineup includes three combo amplifiers and an amplifier head. The 50-watt Katana 50 MkII and 100-watt Katana-100 MkII are each equipped with a custom 12-inch speaker, while the 100-watt Katana 100/212 MkII has two custom 12-inch speakers. The 100-watt Katana-Head MkII can be connected to any external 8-ohm or 16-ohm guitar cabinet, and also includes an integrated 5-inch monitor speaker for tone preview and practice.

To complement the five primary amp characters from the original series, each Katana MkII model has been extended with newly voiced variations to provide an even wider palette of tone options. The different amp characters cover everything from sparkling clean to modern high-gain, plus dedicated voices optimized for acoustic-electric guitar.

Katana MkII amps now feature five simultaneous effects categories, up from three in the original series. Independent Booster, Mod, FX, Delay and Reverb sections come loaded from the factory with variations in each, providing 15 ready-to-play effects to choose from. Players can dive much deeper by connecting to the BOSS Tone Studio editor software for Mac and Windows, where they can customize sections with over 60 different effect types, change the effects order, and more.


Three Yamaha Designs Selected in Good Design Award 2019



Yamaha announced that three of its designs received Good Design Awards, which is an award sponsored by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. Those designs are: CP88/CP73 stage pianos, the STORIA acoustic guitar, and the SoundUD Consortium.

Since 1957, Yamaha has received 288 Good Design Awards in a range of different categories, including the 2017 Grand Award for its casual wind instrument Venova. All of these award-winning designs embody the Yamaha design philosophy, which sets forth five award-winning qualities: designs should have Integrity, should be Innovative, Aesthetic, and Unobtrusive, and should show a commitment to Social Responsibility.

CP88/CP73 Stage Pianos
Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP88 and CP73 stage pianos continue a rich tradition a the newest in the CP Series of keyboards designed for live performances. The CP88/CP73 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch, and an intuitive one-to-one user interface. Durable, yet compact and light, the stage pianos are available in both 88-key and 73-key modes.

STORIA Acoustic Guitar

The STORIA acoustic guitar was created with first-timers in mind, fitting into your life with playability and a design that makes the guitars easy to pick up and play. All three models feature unique colors and finishes that accent and elevate your décor. With a smaller, thinner body, shorter strings, comfortable string height, rounded neck edges, and more, this new series was designed with ultimate playability in mind, making it perfect even for beginners.

SoundUD Consortium

The Sound UD Consortium was established in October 2017 with the aim of creating a society free of unease concerning language an hearing abilities. The consortium’s executive office is administered by Yamaha. At present, the consortium consists of more than 300 participating organizations spanning industry and beyond, including governing bodies, transportation, commercial facilities, entertainment facilities, stadiums, broadcasting, and more. Members cooperate to develop and promote the adoption of products and services using SoundUD with the aim of making universal design for a sound reality.


Razer Introduces the Seiren Emote Microphone



Razer introduced the Seiren Emote microphone. It was designed for streamers who want to show their microphones on stream and entertain their viewers.

Wow your followers and take your showmanship to new heights with the Razer Seiren Emote – the world’s first USB microphone that uses emoticons to interact with your audience. Keep your streams fresh and fun, and have them coming back for more with an extra level of entertainment that lets you stand out from the rest.

The Razer Seiren Emote microphone works with the Streamer Companion App. You can customize how you use the app to create unique audience interactions with supported Razer hardware. Design your own emoticons and lighting effects with the app’s editor.

With the Streamer Companion App, you can add a new level of audience interaction and have emoticons trigger on the Razer Seiren Emote during different parts of your stream. You can decide when and what emoticons appear on the microphone, and use it to indicate that there has been a new follower or a new sub.

The Seiren Emote microphone has an 8-bit Emoticon LED display powered by Razer’s Emote Engine, which includes a huge collection of over 100 animated and static emoticons.

At its core, the Razer Seiren Emote is a USB microphone designed to record crystal clear, broadcast quality audio. Using a hypercardioid pickup pattern, it’s focused and sensitive enough to capture the nuances of your voice, picking up the smallest shifts in tone while eliminating any background noise that might bring down your stream’s sound quality.


Line 6 has an Instant Rebate on HX Effects



Line 6 is offering an instant rebate on HX Effects. This offer is good from October 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019.

HX Effects was created for guitarists and bassists who want our flagship Helix effects for traditional amp and pedalboard setups. Powered by the same audio engine as Helix processors, HX Effects includes the full array of Helix effects plus legacy effects from the M-Series and Stompbox Modeler pedals. All in a compact pedal that fits easily on your pedalboard.

There are some terms and conditions to be aware of. The instant rebate on HX Effects is $100 USD. It will be reflected in the final purchase of HX Effects at the time of sale. The offer is only available to Line 6 customers with mailing addresses in the United States.

Eligible purchases of HX Effects must be purchased as new from an authorized reseller. Instant rebates are not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases from online auctions are not eligible. The Instant Rebate offer is only good while supplies last.


Get Ozone Elements from iZotope Free – For a Limited Time



iZotope has announced that they are offering Ozone Elements version 8 for free through October 2, 2019. The reason is because Ozone 9 is coming soon.

Ozone 9 is just around the corner, and to celebrate, Ozone Elements is free to keep forever – but this offer is only available until October 9, 2019. With an AI-powered Master Assistant, Ozone Elements is the quickest way to add final polish and loudness to your track.

Ozone Elements Version 8 includes:

Master Assistant: Let Ozone 8’s Master Assistant analyze your mix to suggest targets, signal chain, and processor settings so you can get back to what’s most important – adding your personal sonic signature.

Spectral Shaper: This module lets you apply frequency-specific excitement and dynamics. Whether used surgically or for broad strokes, Spectral Shaper offers endless sonic possibilities.

Inter-plugin Communication: Ozone, meet Neutron. Tonal Balance Control can also interact with Neutron instances in your projects, allowing you more immediate and flexible control over your mix and master.

Tonal Balance Control: This plug-in communicates with instances of Ozone in your session and lets you edit them within a single plug-in window. Quickly give your master a professional-sounding balance for any genre.

Ozone 9 is “coming soon”. There isn’t much information about it on the iZotope website at the time I am writing this blog post. A fifteen-second video, which is lovely and a bit mysterious, but lacks specific details.


Canon Announced Development of Photography Solution for Live Events



Canon announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a remote-control solution that will allow for operation of the company’s interchangeable-lens cameras.

Remote operation of cameras has been growing in popularity among photo agencies and media outlets, as seen in today’s coverage of global sporting and news events. Canon is excited to develop a powerful solution that reflects years of testing and feedback from the organizations that will benefit the most from this device.

The solution, currently under development, utilizes a system that enables the camera’s optical axis to be perpendicular to the device’s axis of revolution. This intuitive alignment will provide users with operation capabilities that feel similar to handheld or tripod shooting.

The hardware and software solution allows a photographer to control multiple cameras at once, with the ability to control multiple remote-control or static remote systems from a single computer. Photographers will be able to operate each device to pan, tilt or rotate the camera and zoom the lens, and images can transmit via a network connection to a centralized location, a feature that will prove to be very useful for news outlets and agencies.

The new solution will allow for image capture from a variety of angles and viewpoints that might not have been possible through conventional shooting methods. Moving forward, Canon’s goal is to create a system suited for a wide range of shooting needs that go beyond live sporting and news events, including e-commerce, product photography and more. By developing these types of innovative image-capture solutions, Canon is helping to provide new perspectives to the events that shape the world around us.


Gibson to Showcase New Products at Shanghai International Expo Centre



Gibson announced that it will showcase an array of new guitars, top talent, and a handful of rare guitars at Music China 2019 – Asia’s largest trade show in the music industry – October 10-13 at the Shanghai International Expo Centre.

At Music China 2019, Gibson will be on the ground to connect with Dealers, Strategic partners, and Distributors, to forge new relationships and explore throughout the region. Gibson’s new CEO and President James “JC” will visit, marking his first time in a decade a top executive at Gibson has visited Music China 2019.

The Gibson booth and experience at Music China will feature exciting, award-winning new products from the brand including the new G-45 Series Collection – the G-45 Standard and G-45 Studio guitars. Hand-crafted by skilled artisans at the Gibson acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana – who build the most cherished and iconic acoustic models – the G-Series offers acoustic players of all levels the perfect mix of tone and performance with traditional Gibson style and value.

The newly released Gibson Original, Modern and Custom Shop Collections as well as the recently launched String Collections will be on display in full at Music China. Featuring the Les Paul Standard 50s, Les Paul Standard 60’s, Les Paul Special in TV Yellow, Les Paul Junior in Tobacco Burst, the SG 61 Standard with factory stop-tail, Mastro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figures and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, the J-45 and Hummingbird as well as the J-200, the Gibson Original Collection brings classic design, innovation and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans.

The Gibson Modern Collection builds on Gibson’s solid legacy of coveted innovation by introducing modern features players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability. The Les Paul and SG Modern, Les Paul Studio and Tribute models, the new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2, and modern Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15 as well as the Parlor acoustic models round out the Gibson Modern Collection.