DEATH BY AUDIO Introduces SPACE BENDER Pedal



The SPACE BENDER chorus modulator replicates and warps your signal into beautiful and organic transmissions from a dimension somewhere beyond linear time.

Under the hood lies an array of dynamically modulated delay lines allowing you to craft subtle vintage sci-fi sounds, bending sonic bedlam, and pulsing atmospheres. Never again will you say this chorus pedal just isn’t intense enough!

These in combination with the rocker switch settings let you move smoothly through a wide range of effects types allowing for new ways of thinking and experimenting with modulated delay, chorus, and flanger. Stretch and pull your sound waves to craft glassy bell resonances, massive reverse dive bombs, and seasick demon drones with a simple (but deep) interface.

The spectrum of living, breathing sound manipulations stowed within the SPACE BENDER serves as an interstellar gateway for the next wave of musicians to create a universe of haunting and unexplored soundscapes. See you on the other side!

CONTROLS

Speed: Controls the speed of the LFO, sensitivity of the ENVelope, and time of the delay(s). At shorter times, expect flange and chorus sounds with slower modulation, while long times will stretch into wiggling, modulated delay.

Depth: Controls the depth of the Envelope or the LFO, as well as the feedback of the delay(s). This allows for a range of short and subtle effects to longer, stretching waves of sound.

Delay Time: Sets the overall delay time range, from very short (x1) to medium-long (x10). Also inverts the polarity of the ENVelope.

Modulator: Sets the main source of modulation for the delay line – either a sine wave oscillator in LFO mode or an envelope in ENV mode. The SPEED and DEPTH knobs control the settings of the LFO and ENVelope.

Intensity: Sets the overall intensity of the effects. High-intensity settings can create oscillations, feedback, and crazy noises. DEATH BY AUDIO is not responsible for what your audience will think of you, unless they love it, in which case we are.

Gain (internal): Controls the output level of the pedal, ranging from unity to way too loud. Unscrew the backplate to access this control.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 5” x 2.63” x 2.45” (including hardware)

Weight: 9.3 oz.

Power: 9V DC (runs on standard 2.1 mm negative center 9V DC adapter).

Current Draw: 65 mA.

The SPACE BENDER is $270.00 (or 4 interest-free payments of $67.50 with afterpay).


Panasonic Introduces LUMIX S F1.8 (S-S18) For LUMIX S Series



Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new large-aperture ultra wide fixed focal length lens, the LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 (S-S18), as the fifth addition to the series of F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system standard. The large-aperture LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 (S-S18) boasts high optical performance passing the quality standard of professional use despite its compact size.

Ultra-wide 18mm perspective provides versatile ways of use at different shooting distances. In a long-shot, it captures more foreground or background elements to deliver a dynamic impression into the image. It is possible to add artistic expression to the foreground subject using rich perspective by shooting from a short distance.

A total of five F1.8 fixed focal length lenses from the LUMIX S Series including the 85mm (S-S85), 50mm (S-550), and 35mm (S-S35), 24mm (S-S24) and the new 18mm (S-S18) lens feature a common size and potion of control parts to provide practical advantages in use. The center of gravity of these lenses is almost the same so that it is easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum balance adjustment with the camera is on a gimbal. Common filters can also be used thanks to the same diameter.

Covering virtually any framing and composition, use of these LUMIX S F1.8 fixed focal length lenses will suffice for filmmaking with minimum workflow and post-production process.

The LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 is comprised of thirteen lens elements in twelve groups including three aspherical lenses, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, one UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of three aspherical lenses realizes both high and descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh, which are common advantages to the series of all F1.8 lenses. The three ED lenses effectively suppress chromatic aberration. It is suitable for versatile situations including landscapes, astrophotography and architecture photography taking advantage of the ultra wide angle of view. It can also be used for close-up shots thanks to the minimum focusing distance of 0.18m.

The LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system with the sensor drive at max.240fps. For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring while focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for the linear setting. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30 degrees to enable intended focus operation.

The LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography. Together with a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, professional quality video can be recorded.

While its approximately 12-ounce compact size and light weight, the LUMIX S 18mm F1.8 features stunning mobility to fit the S5 LUMIX’s smallest full-frame model. The rugged dust/splash-resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 14 degrees Fahrenheit for high mobility. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of customers.


Jackson Introduces SL3 for Next Generation Heavy Metal Guitars



Jackson marks a long-awaited homecoming with the launch of the American Series Soloist SL3, a high performance American-made flagship electric guitar, crafted for speed and produced for the heaviest and fastest of players.

For over 40 years, Jackson’s reputation as the brand built to handle heavy music has been recognized and respected by artists around the globe. Its portfolio of guitars have been played on stages everywhere by the metal genre’s biggest titans: Randy Rhoads, Marty Friedman, Scott Ian, and more. The launch of the American Series Soloist SL3 cements Jackson’s status as a pioneer in heavy metal innovation and the go-to instruments for the new generation of shredders who have honed their craft through tireless dedication and practice.

The American Series Soloist SL3, proudly made from start to finish in Fender’s Corona, Calif. factory, is a breakthrough in high-performance guitars and above all else, is designed for speed. Starting with the classic Speed Neck profile from beloved Jackson Soloists of decades past, the profile has been suped up to include masterfully rolled edges for maximum comfort. Complementing this profile is a compound radius that starts at 12” at the nut and flattens to 16” at the 12th fret to promote screaming bends and intricate finger work as players move up the neck. Player-focused features like Luminlay side dots to illuminate the fretboard on the darkest of stages and quick access truss rod adjustment to make easy neck relief adjustments ensure the Soloist is always optimized for speed and precision.

The iconic “Concorde” six-on-a-side headstock visually represents the instrument with its razor-sharp profile. The model is laden with quality features usually found only in custom domestic builds or import models including a Floyd Rose 1500 and neck-through construction. With four eye-catching finishes – Rivera Blue, Platinum Pearl, Black Gloss, and Slime Green Satin – there’s no mistaking it for any other guitar.

The launch of the American Series Soloist SL3 represents the next phase in FMIC’s long-term investment strategy in its portfolio of wholly owned and licensed brands, which includes Jackson. With heightened resources in trade advertising, social media and elevated artist marketing, Jackson has built a campaign to reflect the significant milestone that the American Series Soloist SL3 represents: a guitar tailor made for the new generation of diverse heavy metal players.

To help tell the story of the new American-made guitars, the powerful traditions of the heavy metal genre, Jackson assembled a roster of shredding superstars who illustrate the best of the industry’s leading talent. Legends like Scott Ian of Anthrax and Misha Manor of Periphery join ranks of modern metal titans, including Le Malia of Bring Me the Horizon, Kevin Staff of A Day to Remember, Brandon Ellis of The Black Dhalia Murder and Mark Heylmun of Suicide Silence. Rounding out the roster are Japanese guitar master, Yas Nomura, educator and social media influencer Alyssa Day, and guitarist, producer, and songwriter, Vixen.

American Series Soloist SL3 ($2,499.99 – $2,599,99 USD, £2,449.00 GBP, €2,899.00 EUR, $4,499.00 – $4,699.00 AUD, ¥440,000 JPY). Equipped with all the essential attributes, the American Series Soloist SL3 leads the way in establishing a new standard in the premium high-performance category as it inspires players across the globe.


Sony Electronics Launches FR7 Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera



Sony Electronics Inc. announces the latest addition to its Cinema Line, the ILME-FR7, an E-mount interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame image sensor and built in pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) functionality. Its versatile remote control and cinematic features open creative possibilities in studio, live production, and filmmaking settings.

A high-performance full-frame image sensor and the expressive scope of Sony’s extensive E-mount lens lineup work with remote pan/tilt/zoom control, high flexibility in zoom capability and wide angle shooting to break through location and space limitations. It also offers the cinematic look and operability that have made Sony digital cinema cameras push the boundaries of the filmmaking industry, plus versatile connectivity and efficient multi camera workflow support.

“The cinematic look and feel is rapidly becoming the norm in broadcasting and live productions as it opens up new ways to tell a narrative,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics, Inc. “In parallel, over the last 2 years, we’ve seen a steep rise in content created remotely or in small locations where access is difficult. At Sony, we are always listening to our customers. We are thrilled to announce the FR7 that combines the flexibility of a standard PTZ camera with stunning visuals through advanced cinematic features.”

Uncompromised Image Quality in a PTZ Form Factor

The FR7 features a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor Exmor R with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and wide 15+ stop latitude in a pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera for the first time. In addition to wide dynamic range, low noise, and cinematic full frame bokeh, this amazing sensor also delivers high sensitivity that allows ISO to be expanded up to 409,600 when shooting in low light.

The FR7 features Sony’s E-mount and can mount a wide range of E-mount lenses, including the G-Master series with stunning resolution and bokeh effect. A choice of focal lengths ranging from 12 mm to 120 mm gives users comprehensive creative control.

A number of Cinema Line features are built into the camera to deliver a cinematic look and feel including:

The Sensitivity setting allows ISO to be expanded to 409,600 when shooting in low light

A 15+ stop latitude allows smooth highlights and low noise levels.

A number of preset scene files including S-Cinetone for natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights. Since the target look can be created while shooting, time can be saved in post-production. In the Cine El mode, base sensitivity can be set to either ISO 800 or ISO 12800 to match lighting conditions and to minimize noise while maintaining a consistent look. This mode is ideal for post-production, as it allows the use of Sony’s original S-Log3 gamma, wide S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3 Cine color spaces.

Shooting up to 120fps 4K (QFHD) and 240 fps FHD slow-motion is possible, again creating that emotional possibility offered by a cinematic look.

Pricing and Availability

The new FR7 will be available in November 2022 for approximately $9699.99 USD and $12,399.99 CAD. The FR7K, which includes the FR7 and the SLEP28135G lens, will be available for $12,199.99 USD and $15,699.99 CAD while the CIB-PCM1 ceiling bracket will be available for $119.99 USD and $159.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.


BOSS Announces GA-FC EX Foot Controller



BOSS announces the GA-FC EX, a new foot controller for select BOSS amplifiers. The GA-FC EX provides enhanced floor control features and expanded functionality for supported amplifiers, which currently includes four models in the Katana MkII series.

Housed in a rugged metal chassis, the GA-FC EX features six heavy-duty footswitches, that provide direct control of ten unique functions. It maintains the simple setup and intuitive workflow of the standard BOSS GA-FC Foot Controller while offering new features for greater performance flexibility.

Status LEDs with two colors make it easy to see changes when switching. And along with two dedicated expression pedal jacks, there’s an additional control jack with a three-way mode selector. It allows players to connect a third expression pedal or use the GA-FC EX for expanded applications.

The mode selector on the GA-FC EX opens up powerful capabilities with supported Katana MkII models. EXPAND mode supports the connection of an additional GA-FC EX or a standard GA-FC for even more control, giving players instant switching access to all memories and effects at once. FOOT CONTROL 2 mode is for using two Katana MkII amps together, providing the ability to select memories and effects on both amps from a single floor controller.

Current BOSS amplifiers that support all GA-FC EX features include the Katana-100 MkII, Katana-100/202 Mkll, Katana-Head MkII, and Katana-Artist MkII. More BOSS amplifier models will be supported in the future.

The GA-FC EX can be used with other BOSS and Roland amplifiers that support the GA-FC, but only standard GA-FC control functions are available.


Ruf Guitars Unveils Schrödinger



Ruf Guitars introduces Schrödinger, a high-tech tone machine with incredibly comfortable access to the high frets. You can configure your own Schrödinger dream guitar.

Have you ever heard about the Schrödinger cat? It is a thought experiment, in which (long story short) an entirely theoretical cat is both dead and alive at the same time. As a quantum object, it is simultaneously in each of the possible states (the so-called superposition) and only opening the box provides information about the cat’s state.

How is it connected to Ruffaine? It’s an innovative, fully adjustable and unlimitedly recyclable composite material scientifically designed to achieve the perfect tone – your tone. But before that, it can be everything you want it to be. It represents different types of wood at the same time and before YOU decide what you want it to be, it’s everything you can dream of.

RUFFAINE FLAVOURS: Choose one of the flavors and trust our years of experience or create your own sound from scratch.

RELIABILITY: Are you a touring musician? Choose guitars that are remarkably insensitive to changes of temperature and moisture in the air.

RESEARCH AND SCIENCE: Our guitars do not come from a design perspective but from research and science. This is why our instruments are so unique.

SPECS: Inspired by science. Created with R&D

BODY AND NECK: Ruffiane Plain

FRETBOARD: Richlite Black Diamond

PICKUPS: Fishman Fluence Modern

FRETBOARD: Jester Stainless Steel

CONSTRUCTION: Single-piece

Ruffaine is innovative, fully adjustable and unlimitedly recyclable composite material scientifically designed to achieve the perfect tone – your tone.

We’ve conducted research that proved we can achieve a sound similar to different types of wood or – create a unique one. Ruffaine is fully adjustable which means you can choose what kind of sound you’d like to get – and we can make it!

Compared with wood that is used for instrument production we observed perfect repeatability, without any differences between particular pieces of wood used for the neck, fretboard or the body.

Temperature and humidity fluctuations? Not this time! Ruffaine is remarkably intensive to changes of temperature and moisture in the air. The wood “works” which requires human reaction and when it comes to Ruffaine the reaction is non-existent, especially to moisture – it simply doesn’t matter. We also use modern lacquers that also provide sun resistance.

For our guitars, we use aircraft-certificated epoxide, which is a real top quality material.

Unprecedented ergonomics combined with the adjustable sound creates the most reliable and comfortable guitars for modern musicians. Add to that the improvements that were simply not possible 40 years ago, such as incredibly easy access to the last frets or the neck’s surface coated with nano-silver molecules that reduce sweating and bacterial growth – this is where science meets luthiery.


Carvin Audio Introduces BX1 Bass Preamp



Carvin Audio introduces the BX1 Bass Preamp. It offers classic, natural bass tone with unprecedented tonal control and extended headroom. The BX1 begins with a boutique flat response, then we add extensive tone control allowing you to carve out your signature sound.

Harmonic content increases as you turn up the INPUT GAIN control, producing the rich harmonics you desire from your preamp. Lightweight, compact design, bullet-proof construction and a list of indispensable features assure the BX1 will be the heart of your tone for years to come.

BX1 FEATURES:

  • Preamp GAIN and master VOLUME controls
  • BLEND control adjusts the EQ/dry mix
  • Mid sweep semi-parametric EQ
  • COMPRESSOR: Threshold and Strength controls
  • Effects Loop
  • True Bypass
  • Switchable MUTE
  • DIRECT OUT balanced XLR and 1/4-inch
  • Switchable Ground Lift for AC ground isolation
  • THRU/TUNER output jack independent of MUTE switch
  • -12dB attenuation switch
  • Solid metal shaft controls with threaded metal bushings mounted to top panel
  • 9V Power supply included. 90-230VAC, 50-60Hz
  • Battery compartment for 9V battery operation

BXI SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Frequency Response: 25Hz – 18Hz
  • Input Gain: 13dB
  • Input Impedance: 2.2M
  • Maximum Input: -6dB
  • Maximum Output: MAIN + 6dB, EFF SND/RTN + 4dB
  • THRU/TUNER -6dB
  • Tone controls: +/- 10dB BASS (25Hz – 100Hz), MID (semi parametric sweep, 100Hz – 2.5kHz), TREBLE (3kHz – 18kHz)
  • Power requirement: 9VDC/50mA. Polarity: Center Negative Plug
  • 9V Power supply included. 90-230VAC, 50-60Hz
  • Dimensions: 6”W x 5.5”D x 2.5” H Wt. 2lbs.

The regular price of the BX Bass Preamp is $299.00, but is on sale now for $239.00.


PIGTRONIX Introduces Gloamer



PIGTRONICS introduces Gloamer, an all-analog, polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone. Its attack function provides a pick-triggered volume swell: a cinematic “slow gear” effect that is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow.

The volume swell cycle can be reset at any moment by muting, allowing players to craft bowed string-like lines and chords with ease. Gloamer also features a powerful optical compressor that can add subtle punch or extreme sustain, helping to maintain a smooth volume swell effect even with very long attack times.

A Volume knob controls loudness at the peak of the attack cycle, while a master Blend control allows players to layer an uncompressed clean sound in with the volume swell effect. Additionally, when activated, the Decay function causes notes to fade out once the attack cycle is complete.

When the Decay cycle is completed, an auto-reset function causes the attack to begin again immediately, as long as there is audio input. This allows you to create a wide range of undulating, asymmetrical tremolos at slower settings as well as pulsating stutter effects when using faster attack and decay times.

KNOB – BY – KNOB

Volume: Sets the master output volume of the effect when engaged.

Compression: Determines the balance of clean and compressed signal.

Blend: Determines the balance of clean signal and effect.

Attack: Determines the duration of time it takes for a note to swell from silent to full volume.

Decay: Determines the duration of time it takes for a note to fade out from full volume to silence

Sensitivity: Determines how much input signal is needed to reset the attack and decay cycle.

Ready (LED): Signals when the pedal is armed and ready to begin the attack and/or decay cycle.

A HI-Fi ATTACK AND DECAY MASTER

Gloamer was designed to allow players to change the nature of their attack and decay while maintaining pristine, hi-fidelity audio. Easily swell blooming single note lines or full, lush chords and become the string section you’ve always wanted to hire but can’t afford.


Shure MV7 Microphone Available In A Limited-Edition Color



The Shure MV7, loved by streamers and content creators of every level, is now available for preorder on Amazon in an elegant new color design, White Noir. The limited edition MV7 White Noir, which features a black and white color combination, provides streamers and creators with a contemporary colorway option that fits pristinely in any space.

Obtainable while supplies last, the MV7 White Noir can be purchased today, via preorder and will be fully available on Amazon and delivered to customers beginning Monday, August 15.

The MV7 White Noir is compatible with the ShurePlus MOTIV Desktop app, which brings the microphone to life when connected via USB, ensuring top quality and consistent audio in all recordings.The app makes it easy for users to dial-in they desired settings with Auto Level Mode and Manual Mode.

Both modes contain built-in headphone monitoring and monitor mix as well as control over the aesthetic of your touch panel with LED Live Metering. By selecting Night Mode on the MOTIV Desktop app, users can darken their touch panel to better match the atmosphere of their space.

Auto Level Mode is perfect for creators who want a “set it and forget it” microphone that will control gain and compression settings in real time. Conversely, Manual Mode is ideal for those who want to take complete control over their sound with gain adjustment, EQ presets, compression, and an onboard limiter. With Manual and Auto Level Mode, users can save their settings as a preset to nail their signature sound in every recording.

“We heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from all types of content creators regarding the technical capabilities of the MV7 and customizability provided by the MOTIV app,” said Paul Crognale, Associate Director of Global Marketing, at Shure. “We wanted to celebrate these creators’ passion for the microphone by offering a fresh colorway that pops on stream and in the studio, fitting seamlessly and stylishly into the aesthetic of any space.”

The MV7 White Noir comes with all the benefits of the original MV7. Equipped with Shure’s Voice Isolation Technology, the MV7 helps those who record and stream in imperfect rooms by making certain only the user’s voice is captured by the microphone. A hybrid USB and XLR output on the MV7 White Noir makes this microphone the prefect, flexible solution for users no matter where or how they are recording.

The MV7 White Noir is available standalone and bundled with matching Shure gear, perfect for content creation and streaming. Bundles include the white AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, white AONIC 50 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, or white AONIC 4 Sound Isolating Earphones – so users can create their ultimate aesthetic.

While supplies last, the limited-edition MV7 White Noir can be pre-ordered on Amazon, starting on August 1, and it will be available for regular purchase on August 15.


Eventide Introduces Misha Instrument & Sequencer



Introducing Misha, an instrument/sequencer that utilizes a unique, interval-based approach to playing and creating melodies. It’s designed to be played like a keyboard instrument and yet it makes music in a way unlikely instrument before it. In addition to playing it live, you can also record sequences that can be modified in a multitude of ways, allowing for new paths of spontaneous creativity.

Misha comes preloaded with a variety of scales ranging from typical Western scales, microtonal scales, scales that use just intonation, and everything in between. Additionally, two banks of User scales allow you to upload your own scales using the Scala format for further experimentation. Create a simple melody or sequence, change the key and scale, and manipulate the pattern into a whole new creation!

A New Tool For Performing & Composing

Tone Row Sequencer: Inspired by twelve-tone composition, Misha’s sequencer expands upon the tone row technique, allowing for new paths of spontaneous creativity. Modify your email using some of the classic techniques such as Prime, Retrograde, or Inverted playback, or completely rearrange your sequence in unpredictable and exciting ways.

100 Scales: Misha comes preloaded with a variety of scales ranging from typical Western scales, microtonal scales, scales that use just intonation, and everything in between. Additionally, two banks of User scales allow you to upload your own scales using the Scala format for further experimentation.

Presets: Load a new sequence, key, scale, and more on the fly using presets. Presets can be accessed from the dedicated preset menu or can be loaded via MIDI Program Changes from external devices, allowing Misha to be an essential piece of gear for live performance.

Compatibility: Integrate Misha into your Eurorack system using the 3 pairs of T/G/CV inputs and outputs, or connect to your DAW or synths and sequencers via MIDI.

MIDI and CV inputs: MIDI Note/CC map and 3 pairs of CV inputs can be customized to a wide range of functions such as transposition, translation, randomization, loading keys and scales, sequencer transport control, and much more!

USB and Keyboard Mapping: Play Misha’s interviews from your favorite MIDI keyboard or device and create a custom MIDI mapping to suite your needs. You can also play Misha using a USB computer keyboard using custom mappings.

Assignable Buttons: Easily assign Misha’s 4 user buttons to play intervals or other convenient functions such as octave up/down, chromatic steps, and more.

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