Sony Announced “Visual Story” iOS App with Cloud Storage for Professional Photographers

Sony Electronics announced “Visual Story” – a new application for wedding and event photographers that simplifies gallery creation, cloud storage, and web delivery. Unique to Sony camera users and available for iOS, Visual Story offers professionals a solution to expand their business and increase overall client satisfaction by allowing them to immediately share their gallery with their friends and family via social media.

With Visual Story, photographers can now deliver a fully edited and curated photo gallery instantly, on site and on the day of the big event – eliminating days of work previously spent organizing and editing assets. This is made possible by the connection of the app to a compatible Sony camera. While the photographer is shooting, all images are automatically transferred from the camera to a connected smartphone or tablet, as well as Sony’s cloud service. Images are then automatically organized using Artificial Intelligence (AI), and can be sorted based on metadata, star ratings, shooting timeframe, focus position and more.

AI will also sort based on different types of images from the event, including cake and ring ceremony, speeches, first dances and others, automatically detecting if a subject’s eyes are closed in an image. Additionally, when reviewing images shot with more than one camera, the photographer can also filter images by camera for added sorting options.

Using Visual Story’s auto preset application, wedding photographers can automatically apply edit presets that they have created or fixed presets – significantly reducing time spent editing images. By simply registering an edit preset prior to shooting, users can apply that preset to all images saving time and effort all while maintaining a consistent look throughout the entire shoot. The application is also equipped with a variety of editing functions, from basic corrections such as exposure, white balance and contrast, to more advanced corrections such as hue, saturation and luminance.

Using cloud collaboration, images can be synchronized on multiple mobile devices for easy viewing. Visual Story also allows wedding photographers to automatically create an online gallery for their clients, which can be delivered instantly on site. This can be offered to their client as an additional service, or complimentary and included in their wedding or event package.

Ratings and selections made while creating a photo gallery can be downloaded as an XMP file, then transferred to another application on a PC to simplify the final delivery process. As a bonus, photographers can also embed a logo, their social media information and more, directly on the images within the photo gallery – making it easier than ever to brand and market their business, especially when their clients share the images on various social media platforms.

Visual story is perfect for a variety of events from weddings to parties and corporate events to family photos and more. It is ideal for any situation where many photos are taken that need to be delivered instantly. Visual Story will continue to evolve in these various applications, reflecting our customers’ needs.

Visual Story is available now for iOS in the Apple App Store for free and is compatible with select Sony cameras including: Alpha 7C, Alpha 7R IV, Alpha 7S III, Alpha 9, Alpha 9 IIi. Alpha 7 III will be supported in a future firmware update planned for Spring 2021.

Sony’s new Visual Story is available to download for free HERE, and development on additional platforms is under discussion.

Gibson Announced Acquisition of Mesa/Boogie

Gibson announced the acquisition of Mesa/Boogie, one of the most respected brands in sound and guitar amplification. Mesa/Boogie – the original “Boutique” amplifier company – was founded 51 years ago by Randy Smith, who is responsible for creating the ground-breaking circuits that drive some of the most influential sounds of our time.

Randy will join Gibson as Master Designer and Pioneer of Mesa/Boogie and beyond. In his new role, Randy will continue his passion for tube technology and his vision for building hand-crafted, high performance amplifiers, that continue to redefine how we experience sound across Mesa/Boogie and Gibson.

Beginning in a converted dog kennel under the redwoods of Northern California, Randy Smith was wrenching amplifiers for all the great San Francisco area bands over 50 years ago when vintage gear was new. Being close to so many great guitar players, from Bloomfield to Santana and The Rolling Stones, Smith learned the virtues and shortcomings of the era’s gear and began a process of innovation that continues today.

Mesa/Boogie, the company Smith founded, was the first boutique amplifier builder and revolutionized amplifier performance in ways that impacted rock music worldwide. Simultaneously respecting and improving the vintage classics he grew up with, Smith, through Mesa/Boogie pioneered the invention of High Gain.

“At Gibson we are all about leveraging our iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, a quest that started over 100 years ago with our founder Orville Gibson,” says James ‘’JC’ Curleigh, President & CEO of Gibson Brands. “Today this quest continues with the addition of Mesa Boogie into the Gibson Brands family, along with the visionary leadership of Randy Smith and his Team who, for the past 50 years, have created an iconic and innovative brand that has stood the test of time. This is a perfect partnership based on our collective professional experiences and passion for sound”.

“I’m 75 years-old and still at work every day,” says Randall Smith founder of Mesa/Boogie. “This is my art and many of our crew have worked along my side for 30 to 40 years. As we witnessed JC and Cesar transform Gibson, we saw kindred spirits sharing common values and a fierce dedication to quality. Today, Gibson’s guitars are the best-ever and when they asked if we’d like to become Gibson’s Custom Shop for Amplifiers, we envisioned a perfect collaboration that would expand our outreach while preserving our legacy beyond my time. Gibson realizes the unique value of what we’ve all built together and this next chapter in the Mesa/Boogie story is a continuation of that dream. I am so fortunate for this partnership with the new Gibson after 50 years of doing what I love. It’s been the ride of my life . . . and it ain’t over yet!”

Monoprice Introduces Stage Right Recording Studio Desk

Monoprice has introduced the Stage Right by Monoprice Recording Studio Desk. The desk provides a large studio feel with a home studio footprint.

Building a home studio can be an exciting experience. It starts with sourcing core pieces of audio gear, such as Digital Audio Workstation software, an interface, good monitors, and so on. With the audio portion acquired, you are now ready to record, right? Not so fast.

Usually neglected, a proper workstation can make the difference between an uncomfortably functioning home studio and one you actually want to work in. The Stage Right Recording Studio Desk brings the feel and comfort of a large professional studio directly into your home.

Measuring only 31.5” in width, the Stage Right Recording Studio Desk is both large enough to fit a typical 49-key MIDI keyboard controller with full-size keys and small enough to fit into any room or apartment. At 24” of total depth and with an upper shelf that is 19”deep, it occupies the minimum amount of space possible.

With a raised platform and pullout keyboard tray, the Stage Right Recording Studio Desk provides all of the flexibility necessary to accommodate most home studio setups. No monitor speakers stand? No problem. With a raised offset platform that sits at 38” from the ground, stands are simply not needed. Simply place your monitor speakers (5” recommended) on each end of the platform and you’re done. Additionally, the keyboard tray can be pulled out when needed or pushed in when not in use, further reducing the workstation’s footprint.

The Stage Right by Monoprice Recording Studio Desk is priced at $149.99.

Electro-Harmonix Introduced Nano Metal Muff Distortion Pedal

Electro-Harmonix introduced a new, compact version of the award-winning Metal Muff distortion pedal featuring extensive EQ control and a built-in noise gate with dedicated LED.

The Nano Metal Muff’s EQ section: Bass +/- 14dB of cut or boost, Mid +/- 15dB and Treble +/- 10dB, equip the pedal to cover a broad tonal landscape and appeal to metal players who demand a wide array of high gain tones.

Its VOL control sets the pedal’s output level while its DIST knob adjusts the Nano Metal Muff’s input gain and distortion. A newly designed noise gate removes unwanted hum when you stop playing. It utilizes an adjustable noise floor threshold and includes a dedicated LED which indicates when the output signal is muted.

The Nano Metal Muff comes equipped with a 9 Volt battery and accepts a standard EHX 9.6DC200mA power supply. It features a USA street price of $72.70.

Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitars Feature New Colors and Premium Components

Yamaha announced two new Pacifica models in the PAC612 electric guitar lineup, featuring striking new finishes and updated hardware.

Yamaha has been making guitars since 1942, and the company’s Pacifica series, first launched in 1990, were inspired by the California session scene of the day, where versatility, consistent performance night after night and the flexibility to capture an artist’s individuality were driving factors. One of the best electric guitar values since its inception, Yamaha Pacifica guitars are well known for great tone and outstanding playability – ideal for any level of gigging guitarist.

The new Pacifica models combine renowned Yamaha build quality and playability with premium third-party components, recalling their LA custom shop roots. Seymour Duncan TB-14 Custom 5 and SSL-1 single-coil pickups deliver warm and powerful sounds, while a five-position pickup selector and push-pull coil-split deliver tonal versatility. Graph Tech TUSQ nuts and strings trees, Grover locking tuners and Wilkinson VS50 bridges ensure optimal performance and exceptional tuning stability. Both the PAC612VIIFMX and PAC612VIIX feature alder bodies with bolt-on maple necks and rosewood fretboards.

The Pacifica 612VIIFMX sports a flamed-maple veneer top with a Fire Red finish, and the Pacifica 612VIIX is available in Matte Silk Blue (exclusively at Sweetwater), Teal Green Metallic and Yellow Natural Satin.

The Yamaha Pacifica 612VIIFMX and 612VIIX electric guitars (MSRP: $1,050.00) are currently shipping.

Gretch Announced New Michael Guy Chislett Signature Falcon with Bigsby

Gretch announced the all-new G613T-MGC Michael Guy Chislett Signature Falcon with Bigsby. The Australian born and bred Chislett is a founding member, lead guitarist and celebrated producer for Hillsong United. Chislett’s influence and credentials also expand across multiple genres. He played in Butch Walker’s band and was a lead guitarist for Chicago rock band the Academy Is… from 2007-2011, as well as contributing to albums by Pete Yorn, Pistol Youth and Good Charlotte.

“I reached out to the guys because I felt like there wasn’t a White Falcon that resembled the one I played,” said Chislett. “To have them offer to make me a new one was pretty exciting in itself. I grew up idolizing Brian Setzer—I even have a tattoo—and guys like George Harrison. I never would have even dreamed of having a signature model; it is pretty crazy to me still, and I am just incredibly honored.”

Chislett’s all-new signature model features a fully hollow body build and a highly resonant solid Sitka spruce top with bound F-holes, vintage 1959-style trestle bracing and laminated maple back and sides for that classic big-body sound with incredible projection and rich, balanced tone.
“Michael was looking for a big, vibrant sound that would give him that famous Gretsch clean while also giving him the ability to drive his tone pretty hard without a lot of feedback,” said Jason Barnes, VP Gretsch Guitars. “With our 1959 trestle bracing and spruce top combination, you get a full and harmonically rich tone that stays very defined and articulate no matter what level of gain you use.”
A semi-gloss maple neck with a comfortable and versatile standard “U”-shaped profile for supple playability is capped by a 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with pearloid Big Block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets, making complex chords, far-reaching bends and intricate single-note playing effortless.
TV Jones TV Classic pickups provide powerful tone and unparalleled dynamics, and can be flexibly harnessed with a versatile control layout consisting of three-way toggle switch, individual pickup volume controls, master tone and master volume with treble bleed circuit featuring “Squeezebox” paper-in-oil capacitors for an incredibly silky high end. The Bigsby B6GP vibrato tailpiece with pinned ebony base adds expressive shimmer to playing, and combined with the bone nut, allows for impeccable tuning stability.

“I was surprised how much louder this was,” said Chislett. “My other one is so much quieter, and has a lot of ‘saggy’ features to it which you don’t hear until you hear it up against something else. Recording with the old one, I remember how I used to turn stuff up quite a lot and it would never sound that loud. This new one sounds a lot more present. You can tell even playing it acoustically, it’s a lot brighter than other guitars, which is really cool.

“There’s something kind of prestigious about it that you don’t have to play too much. And with the Bigsby, you can do so much ambient stuff. I can sit there for hours, just trying to make things feel as slow as possible and last forever.”

This resplendent bird is dressed in a Vintage White gloss lacquer finish with gold sparkle binding, gold pickguard and gold hardware.

“All in all, this guitar is the perfect mix of our best Vintage Select and Players Edition Falcons,” said Barnes.

“This guitar does every style,” summarized Chislett. “I pretty much put Gretsch on everything.”

Yamaha Announced Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Systems

Yamaha is expanding the capabilities of its RIVAGE PM series digital mixing systems with firmware version 4.7, adding the premium Y7 reverb plug-in developed in collaboration with Bricasti Design. The free firmware, planned for release this month, continues the company’s approach to enhancing its professional audio products through regular software updates.

Bricasti Designs is recognized globally as a leading developer of audio technologies. Its M7 hardware reverb unit is the most-requested touring and studio technologies, known for its extremely rich-sounding reverb, exceptional sound quality and ease of use. The collaboration between Yamaha and Bricasti on the Y7/RIVAGE PM integration now gives audio engineers more flexibility in bringing the highest level of expressiveness, sound quality and operability to live sound performances.

The V4.7 update with the Y7 plug-in applies to the entire RIVAGE PM lineup, regardless of console model or DSP used in a system, from the small footprint PM3 to the flagship RIVAGE PM10. The addition of the Y7 reverb expands the list of processors available across the series. It adds significant value to the RIVAGE family by placing one of the most sought-after reverb algorithms at engineers’ fingertips without the need for additional outboard gear.

“Together with Yamaha, we are pleased to announce the release of the Y7 reverb,” said Brian Zolner, CEO of Bricasti Design. “By working closely with the Yamaha development team, the Y7 product was specifically designed for use in the Yamaha RIVAGE PM mixing systems. We’re bringing to the live market a Bricasti product that is integrated in the console for simple, fast and familiar operation and bringing the renowned ‘Bricasti Sound’ to users of the Yamaha products. We feel the Y7 will offer new art to sound engineers and fulfill their requests for a premium reverb product from us for their consoles.”

“Yamaha pro audio products are designed to give sound engineers maximum freedom and flexibility in creating immersive sonic environments,” said Preston Gray, director of marketing for Professional Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The ability to easily add new capabilities through firmware updates and plug-ins is a key element of our total system solution approach, extending a product’s life and protecting customers’ investments. The addition of the Y7 reverb plug-in brings Bricasti’s technology expertise to the RIVAGE series, creating new possibilities for creative sound expression.”

Gibson Released Gibson Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop

Gibson released the new Gibson Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop. It is available worldwide. The Gibson Slash Collection crosses three decades of partnership between Gibson and Slash, and in a history-making move for the brand, is the first evergreen artist collection made by Gibson.

Slash and Gibson worked in close collaboration and the collection features multiple acoustic and electric guitars. The Slash Collection represents the influential Gibson guitars Slash has used throughout his career, inspiring multiple generations of players around the world.

The Gibson Slash Collection Gibson “Victoria” Les Paul Standard in Goldtop finish features a maple top, a solid mahogany body, a dark back finish and Slash’s personal touches including a C-shaped neck profile, uncovered Gibson Custom BurstBucker Alinco 2 pickups, color coordinated hardware appointments, hand-wired electronics with Orange Drop capacitors and a vintage style brown hardshell case.

Exclusive to the Slash Collection are Slash’s “Skully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover, a blank truss rod cover in the case, Slash’s new Ernie Ball strings, and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex picks. The new Goldtop joins the previously announced four Les Paul Standard electric guitars and two J-45 standard acoustic guitars.

“Developing my new Collection with the new team at Gibson has been really exciting,” says Slash. “The quality and attention to detail is next level, and these guitars truly reflect what I play live and in the studio. I think guitarists will be inspired by what we’ve put together.”

“Developing Slash’s Collection with him has been an amazing experience” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “The fact that Slash is intimately involved in this journey makes it special and a true representation of him and his sound. I am excited to formally announce the addition of the Victoria Goldtop to the Collection and I am looking forward to reading fan and media theories about why we chose to call it Victoria. Plus, stay tuned for more to come in the future with Slash.”

PreSonus Released the Ampire High Density Amp

PreSonus released the Ampire High Density Pack, the first Add-on for Ampire, PreSonus’ acclaimed amp modeling and effects plug-in.

The new Add-on includes a carefully curated collection of three State Space Modeled iconic amps and six unique stompbox effects suited for guitarists looking for high-gain sounds and exotic effects. Also included are three new impulse-response-based cabinet models chosen to complement each amp.

State Space Modeling is a mathematical method of transferring each component of an existing analog circuit into the digital domain, while maintaining the unique sonic characteristics of the original hardware.

The two new amp models include: the Metal Machine +, a high-gain British tube amp with 120 watts of raw power across two channels; Painapple #4, an all-tube British amp featuring a three-band EQ and four stages of high gain; and the Gazoline EMC2, a versatile German amp with two channels and a three-way mode switch.

The six new State Space Modeled pedal effects are compatible with both Ampire and Pedalboard plug-ins. They include:

  • Blue EQ, a versatile 10-band graphic EQ
  • Wildrive, a screaming overdrive to create heavy, crunchy tones and harmonics
  • Dual Comp, a British rarity with a cult following among bassists around the globe
  • Space Reverb, a boutique classic with a unique shimmer that has made it a favorite among guitarists and Ambient synth fans alike
  • Pitch Shifter, a Canadian favorite most popular for its dramatic “dive bomb” effect
  • Demolition Drive, the perfect overdrive for extended low range players

Eventide has a Holiday Sale on Plug-Ins

Eventide has a Holiday Sale where you can save up to 70% off. Enjoy special pricing on select bundles and plug-ins through January 4, 2020.

Here are some of the plug-ins that are included in this sale:

Saturate $19.00 USD (was $49.00 USD): Saturate is the Spectral Clipper algorithm made popular in the Elevate Mastering Limiter. Saturate’s two controls belie a sophisticated processing machine which allows it to overdrive a signal without effecting the tonal balance no matter how hard you push it.

H3000 Factory $99.00 USD (was $349.00 USD): The H3000 Factory plugin is a re-creation of several algorithms from the venerable H300 Ultra-Harmonizer that combines pitch, delay, modulation, and filtering in a modular interface.

Blackhole $49.00 USD (was $199.00): Blackhole is a reverb plug-in that breaks the rules by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality. At large sizes, its soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allows it to really shine on guitars, strings and pads.

MicroPitch $39.00 USD (was $99.00): MicroPitch is a fine-resolution pitch shifter for subtle tone fattening, plus delays for dramatic slap back effects. MicroPitch is the latest incarnation of an iconic effect originated by Eventide in the 1970s. With each generation, Eventide has added refined, enhanced and built-on it’s legendary predecessors.

SP2016 Reverb $79.99 USD (was $249.00): The SP2016 was the first programmable effects box available on the market. It introduced the concept of the ‘plug-in’ to the pro audio world back in 1982, with actual hardware chips that would be plugged in under the hood. Now, 36 years later, this signature sound is available for your DAW.

Spring Reverb $39.00 USD (was $99.00): Spring Reverb models the sound and character of popular reverbs found in guitar amplifiers, popularized by Surf, Garage and Rockabilly music. Spring takes this a step further by allowing manipulation of physical parameters not normally available in a real spring tank. The results vary from faithful recreations of real springs to distinctive new sounds that push the physical boundaries of reverb.

EQuivocate $39.00 USD (was $99.00): Perfect for mixing and mastering, EQuivocate’s auditory filters and match EQ functionality make it incredibly powerful, simple to use, and natural sounding. EQuivocate uses filters which are modeled on the human ear.