Audacity Paused the 2.4.0 Release



After releasing Audacity 2.4.0, Audacity has decided to pause the release. The reason is due to a bug.

We’ve temporarily re-instated the 2.3.3 release for downloads whilst we investigate a serious bug that affects 2.4.0 on Windows Mac and Linux. The bug causes loss/corruption of audio.

Currently, we think the bug happens when you have two projects open at the same time and paste audio from one project to the other. Thanks to Jack L from FreeBSD for alerting us to the problem and giving us steps to reproduce it.

Those who have downloaded, and have been using, Audacity 2.4.0 may have encountered this bug. You may find it reassuring that Audacity is aware of the bug that caused the problems and that they are working on a solution to fix it.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to download and re-install the Audacity 2.3.3 release. Based on Audacity’s blog post, it appears that the 2.3.3. release is functional. You might be able to go right back to that version as you wait for Audacity to fix the bug that is causing a problem in Audacity 2.4.0.

It is also a good idea to check the Audacity website from time to time and see if they have fixed the bug problem. My best guess is that information will be revealed in a future blog post.


Sweetwater has a Monthly Gear Giveaway



Sweetwater has a Monthly Gear Giveaway. This month’s giveaway is called “$8,500 Content Creator Giveaway”. Four lucky winners will win a content creator dream rig. This contest ends on May 31, 2020.

Looking to set up your dream rig for your new project? Whether you’re starting up your very own YouTube channel or have a great new idea for a podcast, this pro audio bundle will have your new content sounding amazing. Four lucky winners will receive Shure microphones and headphones, an Audio-Technica microphone, a PreSonus interface, plus stands and cables from K&M and Pro Co. It’s your chance to get your new project rolling – enter now!

To enter the Sweetwater Monthly Gear Giveaway, you need to visit the Sweetwater website and provide your email address. The Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, but void in Florida, New York, and where prohibited by law.

This Monthly Gear Giveaway includes:

  • Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphones
  • Audio-technica AT2020 Cardioid Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • PreSonus Studio 1810c USB-C Audio Interface
  • Shure SM81 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Shure SRH840 Closed-back Pro Studio Monitor Headphones
  • ProCo EXM-20 Excellines Microphone Cable – 20′
  • K&M 210/9 Telescoping Boom Microphone Stand
  • PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Artist (download)

Eventide Introduces Rotary Mod



Eventide has introduced Rotary Mod, a classic 60s style whirly, Leslie Cab modulation redefined for your DAW. Eventide is offering Rotary Mod as an Intro Sale on desktop for $39 (regular $99), and on iOS for $4.99 (regular $7.99). You can download a free 30-day demo of Rotary Mod.

Rotary Mod is a rotating speaker effect that stimulates a Leslie cabinet. Just like the original sound derived from the uber-famous Hammond organ’s Leslie speaker cabinet, the plug-in produces a pulse-like vibrato effect depending on the speed of rotation. Rotary offers precise control to dial in the exact amount of movement you need. This classic, swirly effect has been used on countless hit records to drastically transform guitars, bass, synths and vocals.

Features of Rotary Mod include:

  • Change the speed of the rotor and horn independently and adjust the mix of the two to produce pulsing effects and special vibratos
  • Add frequency modulation to the rotor and horn speed using secondary LFO with selectable modulation source
  • Choose cabinet size (Standard or Giant) to alter the sweetness of your tone
  • Craft the exact sound you need with included Hicut control
  • Use Tap Tempo to sync effect to the BPM of your song
  • Incredibly easy to use with included presets
  • Innovative Ribbon control allows for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously
  • Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant
  • Also available as an Audio Units Auv3 plug-in, Inter-App Audio, and Standalone app

Maonocaster is a Portable Podcast Studio



Maonocaster is a portable all-in-one podcast production studio. It is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this blog post, the Kickstarter has 36 days to go.

Here is a description of Maonocaster from the Kickstarter:

MAONOCASTER Portable Podcast Studio is exactly what you need when you want to get your podcast, radio shows or Twitch streams off the ground easily but are not sure what gear to buy. It is so easy and intuitive to use that you can jump headfirst into podcasting within minutes, and focus on providing valued contents and interacting with your audiences rather than being distracted by the complicated operations.

Maonocaster offers four channels of audio mixing and easy connections to microphones, smartphones and other sources; uses advanced engineering that allows the user to control the sound levels and add live vocal and sound effect through a comprehensive set of tools to avoid difficult post production and editing.

It supports up to 4 presenters and the same time through easy connections to 2 mic for vocals, 2 audio sources such as smartphones, MP3 players and musical instruments, or any audio-playing devices with a 3.5mm AUX jack, a total of 4 high-quality channels.

You can hook up 2 smartphone to the audio sources to make calls for interview purposes and play background music while you are live broadcasting.

Two monitor outputs allow the host and guest on the mic to listen to a real-time mix of the podcast with zero latency, and they can easily mute or adjust the gain and volume of different channels on the fly through smooth-moving faders, dials, and buttons on the panel.


Panasonic Introduced AW-UE100 4K 60P Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera



Panasonic announced the introduction of the AW-UE100 integrated pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera, which supports a wide variety if IP transmission protocols, including high-bandwidth NDI, high-efficiency NDI®|HX and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT).

This new PTZ camera with newly-designed direct drive motor for smooth pan and tilt movement offers installation flexibility, low noise and high-resolution image capture, and will facilitate high-quality live remote and studio production in broadcast, staging, corporate, sports and house of worship applications.

The AW-UE100 features a 1/ 2.5-type 4K MOS sensor to produce stunning UHD 4K/60p video and offers a wide variety of interfaces including 12G-SDI, HDMI and IP. For capturing images in tight spaces to large venues, the UE100 has exceptional capabilities. A wide-angle lens with a horizontal angle of view of 74.1 degrees enables enables a wide area to be shot from a limited installation space, and its 24x optical zoom maintains high image quality at high zoom rations, permitting shooting large indoor spaces.

For low latency, live video transmissions, the AW-UE100 offers high-bandwidth NDI for transmitting 4K/60p video at speeds of approximately 250 Mbps and for transmitting full HD video at approximately 100 Mbps, all over a single LAN cable. It also offers a high-efficiency, low bandwidth NDIIHX to enable video transmission at low bitrates. Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) maintains stability when transmitting high-quality video, even in unstable network environments; and its RTMP/RTMPS function provides direct streaming via a single cable to live broadcasting services such as YouTube Live and Facebook Live.

Its FreeD output connection with AR/VR system and allows camera tracking information (pan/tilt/zoom/focus/iris) to easily build system without an encoder. The inclusion of a Direct Drive mechanism with roll compensation improves stillness and quietness pan/tilt operations.

The AW-UE100 will be available in both black and white versions in third quarter 2020, with pricing to be announced.


Panasonic Introduced AK-HC3900 HD HDR Studio/Field Camera System



In an expansion to its AK series studio/field camera line, Panasonic has announced the cost-effective AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ 1080p HDR studio camera system, which will be upgradable to native 4K 60p/50p. The new HC3900 follows in the footsteps of the company’s AK-HC3800, a model that has defined high-quality professional systemization and cost-efficient production for close to a decade.

Improvements distinguishing the AK-HC3900G include a full simultaneous HDR/SDR feature set, expanded multi-format capability (1080: 59.94p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97PsF, 23.98PsF, 720: 59.94./50p) and future optional upgrade to 4K 60p/50p production. The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ captures raw image from an internal 4K imaging system to deliver its stunning HD HDR images with ITU-BT.2020 wide color space. The Internal 4K capture also means that the future optional 4K system upgrade will yield a full 2000 TV lines horizontal resolution.

The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ achieves a high sensitivity of F10 at 59.94Hz (2,000 lx) and a S/N ratio of 62 dB. The camera offers a built-in motorized ND filter.

The new cost-effective AK-HCU250PJ/PSJ/EJ/ESJ camera control unit (CCU), in combination with the new AK-HRP250GJ remote operation panel (ROP), will connect the high-grade uncompressed video and control to the camera head via optical fiber or utilize SMPTE Hybrid cable to provide camera power as well. The new CCU includes all the system features of the HC3800 along with simultaneous output of HDR/SDR, and the HC3900’s expanded multi-format capability and 4K upgrade path. New features include 3G trunk and 3G prompter functions. The new ROP now includes PoE power (no power supply required) for easy installation.

Both the CCU and the ROP are equipped with SD card slots, which can be used for storing various settings or upgrading firmware. Camera operators will have a choice of two electronic viewfinders, either the AK-HVF100GJ nine-inch or AK-HVF75G seven-inch LCD color models.
The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ, AK-HCU250PJ/PSJ/EJ/ESJ and AK-HRP250GJ will be available in the fourth quarter 2020, with pricing to be announced.


Audacity 2.4.0. has been Released



Audacity announced the release of Audacity 2.4.0 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here is a quick look at some of the features:

  •  Audacity has now caught up with Apple’s “notarization system”. Audacity on Mac is notarized and runs on Catalina.
  • They have split the recording/playing time off from the selection toolbar and it can now be dragged to make it larger. This is particularly for people recording themselves playing a musical instrument, where they will typically be further from the screen when playing and benefit from a larger numerical display.
  • The new toolbar can be “unlocked” from the foot of the screen, and made larger still, for more distant viewing.
  • They have added a new optional mode for viewing audio. In this new mode you can see both the waveform and a spectrogram at the same time. Previously, you would switch back and forth between them if you wanted.
  • To access multi-view mode, you click on the down-pointing triangle beside the track name in the panel on the left side of the wave. This will drop-down a menu with options, including multi-view mode.

Those who want a more detailed account of the changes made in Audacity 2.4.0 can check out the Audacity Wiki. It includes a list of the many bugs fixed since 2.3.3.


Apple Unveiled Major Updates to Logic Pro X



Apple unveiled a major update to Logic Pro X with a professional version of Live Loops, a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools. With its collection of powerful creative features, Logic Pro X 10.5 will be a massive release for all musicians, including those producing electronic music.

With Live Loops on the Mac, Logic users can now create music in new freeform and nonlinear ways. Loops, samples and recordings can be organized into a new musical grid, where musicians can spontaneously perform and capture different arrangement ideas into the timeline. From there, tracks can be further refined using all of the professional production features in Logic.

Remix FX enhances Live Loops with an exciting collection of electronic effects like Bitcrusher, filter, gater, and repeater that can be performed in real time over individual tracks or the entire song mix. Both features become even more powerful when using the free Logic Remote app, allowing users to pair their iPhone or iPad with their Mac to provide Multi-Touch control over Live Loops and Remix FX.

Sampler represents the next generation of the popular industry-standard EXS24 plug-in with an all-new modern design and expanded sound-shaping controls, while maintaining full backwards compatibility. Producers can use Sampler to create and edit sophisticated multisampled instruments, using elegant drag-and-drop workflows that automate complex production tasks.

Quick Sampler is a fast and simple way to turn any individual sound into a playable instruments. Musicians can pick a sound from within Logic, the Finder, Voice Memos, or even record directly into Quick Sampler. With just a few clicks, an imported sample can be trimmed, looped and played across a keyboard controller, with access to creative sound-shaping controls.

Logic Pro X 10.5 offers a collection of new creative tools designed to work together to make it fast and fluid to build original beats – an integral part of hip hop and electronic music production. These tools include: Step Sequencer, Drum Synth, and Drum Machine Designer.

Logic Pro X has been optimized to take advantage of the latest Mac hardware and the power of macOS, delivering incredible performance when working with the most demanding projects with thousands of tracks and hundreds of real-time plug-ins.

Logic Pro X is available as a free update for all existing users, and is available on the Mac App Store for $199.00 (US) for new customers. Logic Remote 1.4 is available as a free download on the App Store.


Nikon Announced Retail Availability of Flagship D6 DSLR



Nikon announced the retail availability in the new Nikon D6 DSLR, which was unveiled in February of this year. The D6 will be available in the U.S. starting on Thursday, May 21, for the suggested retail price (SPR) of $6,499.95 for the body-only configuration.

Whether on an assignment or in the studio, Nikon’s flagship D6 DSLR always delivers. The D6 incorporates Nikon’s most powerful AF to date, featuring a high-density system with 105 selectable cross-type AF points to help capture pivotal moments again and again, even in the most challenging conditions and environments.

Since every second counts, the uncompromising D6 incorporates important upgrades to enhance photographers’ workflow and accelerate file transfer capabilities, offering time-saving and customizable options during and after capture.

Additionally, the D6 offers robust reliability, unrivaled low-light capability, amazing versatility, 4K UHD multimedia capabilities and a mechanical shutter frame rate that can capture at a blazing fast 14 frames-per-second (fps).


GoPro Released Updates for GoPro MAX Camera



GoPro released an update for its award-winning MAX 360-camera that unlocks awesome new options for spherical video and photo capture. New features include the addition of 3k at 60 frames per second, Time Lapse Video and Time Lapse Photo, all in 360 mode.

The availability of 3K video at 60fps gives users more flexibility when filming things that are action-oriented or anything that simply would look cool in slo-mo, from speeding down a mountain to simply tossing a frisbee. This 2x slow-mo mode also allows for more time to pan and zoom around the frame while the action is happening so you can get the perfect shot.

Also new is the addition of 360 Time Lapse Video and Time Lapse Photo – features already available in the single-lens HERO mode and now brought to spherical capture. Time Lapse Video mode in 360 means users have more interval options for capturing longer periods of time – ideal for a sunset or a scenic drive.

Time Lapse Photo is an exciting addition because it enables hands-free 360 photo capture during activity. Prior to this update, a MAX user would have to press the shutter button to capture a 360 photo, but in Time Lapse Photo mode, creators can select a single photo from all the shots taken or use the footage to create an actual time lapse.

“3k60 video enables more diversity in what you can capture and play back, particularly in high action scenarios,” noted Abe Kislevitz, Creative Director of Media and also one of GoPro’s earliest employees. “Adding time lapse video and time lapse photo provides additional options for shooting activities or moments with a greater amount of creative control.”

An additional feature of the new update extends horizon leveling capability in single-lens HERO mode to TimeWarp and Photo modes, allowing for more freedom in mounting and shooting without the worry of horizon lines.

An integral part of the MAX experience is the GoPro App – a one-stop mobile editing tool for 360 content that transforms footage into polished images and edits. The new firmware update allows for faster offload of MAX content to the GoPro App, which means you get to share more quickly.