Open Labs Stagelight 4 is Here!



OpenLabs announced that Stagelight 4 is now available. It is the newest version of Stagelight. It brings the power of sampling to everyone. Musicians can make their own universe of sounds quickly and easily.

Stagelight is easy enough for everyone and powerful enough for a pro. Think of it like a beatmaker’s sketchpad for song ideas. With Stagelight 4, you can make beats, sample audio, build loops or even create multi-track songs with drum, instrument, audio and vocal tracks. Start a beat on your phone, build it out on your tablet and finish the song on your computer.

Features of Stagelight 4 include:

Third party plugin software: Scan and run VST, AU and AUV3 plugins

Full-screen Mixer: Mix, pan and filter channels, access track I/O properties, add audio effects and sends

MIDI Learn: Latch and control virtually any on-screen parameter with a MIDI controller

Pro Export Options: Mixdown song, mixdown tracks separately or mixdown to SoundCloud.com

Key Lock: Quickly maintain the key and mode of your composition

Track Freeze: Freeze any instrument or audio track to free up CPU power

Cloud Saving: Save and load songs using Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive

Track Templates: Browse from many included presets, and create your own track templates out of any of your favorite instrument and effect combos

Song Transfer: Transfer songs between mobile, tablet and desktop devices with ease

9 Instruments: Drum Track, SampleVerse, ElectroPulse, ElectroSynth, ElectroBass, ElectroGuitar, ElectroComposer, ElectroKeys and ElectroOrgan

14 Effects: AutoFilter, AutoWah, BitCrusher, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Drive, Equalizer, Filter, Flanger, Gater, Glitch6, Limiter and Reverb

120 Expansion Packs: Over 9,000 sounds including loops, presets and drum kits.

Do you own Stagelight 3? You can upgrade to Stagelight 4 for a discounted price. First, download and install Stagelight 4. Next, launch and go to the in-app store. Select the features tab. Choose between Platform Unlock V4 or Ultimate Unlock V4.


Eventide Released New Suite of Reverbs for Moog One



Eventide has released a suite of premium reverbs for the highly anticipated Moog One analog poly synth from Moog Music, Inc. The new flagship instrument is Moog’s first analog poly synth in over 30 years.

In addition to its classic subtractive synthesis architecture of analog oscillators, filters, envelopes, and amplifiers, the new instrument incorporates digital effects with Eventide’s world-class reverbs being a significant and noteworthy part of the package.

The five Eventide effects included with Moog One are: Room, Hall, and Plate, which provide three of the most essential and desirable reverb environments, along with Shimmer and Blackhole, which add unique and evocative reverberant effects that are particularly well suited to creative sound design on the synthesizer. Each effect has multiple parameters that can be used to sculpt its characteristics in detail.

Moog-One is a tri-timbral, polyphonic, analog dream-synth with nearly unlimited sonic potential. It is available in 8-voice or 16-voice configurations.

Each individual Moog One voice circuit contains an analog signal path more power than a Minimoog Voyager, harnessing the power of 3 newly-designed dual-output analog VCOs with ring mod and FM, 2 independent analog filters, a dual source analog noise generator, analog mixer with external audio input, 4 LFO’s and 3 envelope generators.

Each one of Moog One’s three analog timbres is an independently addressable poly synth, each with its own sequencer, arpeggiator, and onboard effects library – including a suite of professional reverbs from Eventide.


Roland Offers Free iPad mini with Purchase of Digital Piano



Roland is currently offering an exclusive promotion, whereby customers who purchase an RP102 or RP501R digital piano between now and December 31, 2018, are eligible to receive a free refurbished iPad Mini with a one-year warrantee via mail-in rebate.

This offer is valid on products purchased through an authorized Roland dealer in the United States.

The RP102 and RP501R are two of the most popular models in Roland’s award-winning and affordable RP series of digital pianos. Featuring advanced technologies derived from Roland’s premium pianos, these models offer best-in-class sound and touch in compact, space-saving designs.

And with modern Bluetooth connectivity built in, users can wirelessly connect with a smartphone or tablet to enhance learning and enjoyment with Roland’s Partner 2 and other useful music apps – a perfect application for the free iPad Mini.

Users can practice each hand individually by muting the left- or right-hand part, and freely adjust the tempo as needed. The app also provides access to backing rhythms and flash card games that help build skills with intelligent accompaniment and engaging music exercises.

For complete rules and redemption form, please visit the Roland website.


Fujifilm Announced Launch of FUJINON CF-ZA-S1 Series Lenses



Fujifilm announced that it will launch FUJINON CF-ZA-1S series in February of 2019. It is a series of the ultrahigh resolution lenses designed for the machine vision cameras used for product inspection and measurement on production lines.

These lenses are compatible with large camera sensors with a high pixel count.

The CF-ZA-1S series, soon set to launch, is a series of ultrahigh resolution lenses designed for use with machine vision cameras and compatible with large camera sensors with a high pixel count of 1.1-inch – 2.5µm pixel pitch (equivalent to 23 megapixels). The lenses incorporate Fujifilm’s proprietary 4D high resolution technology, providing superior image clarity.

In addition, when the aperture is set to F4, the setting commonly chosen by users, the relative illumination ratio is maintained at over 90%, ensuring that the lens produces images that operate in all areas from the center through the periphery. This eliminates the need for light intensity compensation, which may cause noise to the image, facilitating efficient high-precision product inspections.

Furthermore, the lenses are designed to be compact, with a world-smallest external diameter of just 39mm, and the lenses’ high-quality anti-shock and vibration performance, which maintains variations of the optical axis equal to below 10µm makes the lenses highly suitable for installation in a divers range of manufacturing environments.

The CF-ZA-1S is suitable not only for the inspection and measurement of electronic components but also for large-sized products such as organic EL displays and LCD displays. The series provides a lineup of six different lens models, with different focal lengths, allowing customers to choose the lens most appropriate for their desired application.


Roland Virtual Sonics Announced Addition of JX-3P



Roland Virtual Sonics announced the addition of the iconic JX-3P to Roland Cloud’s Legendary series. Originally released in 1983, the JX-3P was one of the earliest programmable preset polyphonic synthesizers and Roland’s first MIDI-equipped machine.

Now available as part of the Roland Cloud, the virtual JX-3P offers crystalline ACB-component replication of the original’s sounds. From classic strings to crushing metallic pads, this six-voice polyphonic recreation is identical to its hardware counterpart. With push-button interface, and concurrent versatility, users will discover what made this synth a singular addition to Roland’s catalog.

In addition to its 64 iconic memory programs and revolutionary two DCOs, the updated JX-3P comes with an all-new effects module – including delay, distortion, reverb, etc. – and a powerful arpeggiator. Experience the JX-3P in its traditional format, or with a click, unleash the power of the coveted PG-200 interface.

Upon release, the PB-200 facilitated a hands-on manipulation of the JX-3P’s rich sonic palette. Mapped for the PLUG OUT interface of the SYSTEM 8, the PG-200 controls are intuitive.

The live connection between the SYSTEM 8 and a user’s computer allows for parameter adjustment within the software itself, or with the turn of a knob on the SYSTEM-8. The JX-3P allows for seamless sonic control.


PreSonus Delivers Studio 24



PreSonus delivers Studio 24 USB-C portable interface. Great for home recording, mobile musicians, guitarists, podcasters, and live streaming, the PreSonus Studio 24 2X2 USB-C bus-powered audio/MIDI interface can record up to 24-bit, 192kHz audio.

Equipped with PreSonus XMAX-L solid-state preamps and high-end converters, the newest member of the company’s Studio series delivers professional quality audio in a rugged, compact, all-metal enclosure that can withstand the stresses of travel.

A complete, all-in-one recording solution, the Studio 24 comes with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One Artist music production software for Mac and Windows. Studio One integrates tightly with PreSonus interfaces, configuring automatically – no need to map inputs and outputs. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a carefully selected plug-in collection from the leading names in virtual instruments and effects.

The Studio 24 features two front-panel combo mic/instrument/line inputs with +48V phantom power for condenser mics. A Mixer Knob blends analog input and computer playback for low-latency direct monitoring, and accurate LED meters indicate input and output levels.

The USB-C port and balanced, 1/4-inch TRS, line-level main outputs grace the rear panel, and an output level control is provided on the front. MIDI I/O enables connection to a keyboard, sound module, or control surface. USB-C-to-C and USB-C-to-A cables are included.

The PreSonus Studio 24 USB-C audio/MIDI interface is available immediately at PreSonus dealers for a U.S. street price of $149.95.


Accusonus Released the ERA Voice Leveler



Accusonus announced the release of the ERA Voice Leveler. It uses new patent-pending algorithms to automatically detect distracting level differences in voice recordings and correct them in real-time.

Using the single-knob ERA Voice Leveler you can save yourself from hours of manual gain adjustments, without leaving your DAW or NLE environment. Use the Voice Leveler to fix vocal dialogue volume problems resulting from:

  • Intentional or unintentional speaker movements
  • Single-microphone recordings of two or more speakers (e.g. interviews, lectures, etc)
  • Sudden gain changes due to audio/video edits and rearrangements in post production
  • Time-varying voice-over or vocal performances

The ERA Voice Leveler detects level problems in real time and you can control it with the turn of a simple dial. It also features a “Tight” mode that provides a more focused “radio” sound that stands out from background music (e.g. audio and video ads, podcasts, vlogs, etc).

The unique “Emphasis” mode automatically detects problems in tonal balance of voice recordings (for example, when a speaker is not directly facing the microphone or has moved significantly from the mic between takes/scenes) and applies subtle processing to correct them and ensures consistent tone and ineligibility.

The ERA Voice Leveler will be part of both the ERA Bundle Standard and the ERA Bundle Pro.


Audio-Technica Offers New Bundles for Content Creators



Audio-Technica is offering four new bundles catered to content creators, including podcasters, videographers, live-streamers, YouTubers and beyond. Developed in response to customer input, these highly cost-effective bundles provide turnkey microphone/headphone solutions for all aspects of content creation.

Two bundles feature USB outputs to directly connect with computers, while two feature XLR outputs for more flexibility to connect with professional mixers or digital interfaces.

All bundles feature a microphone with mount, ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones, and a new custom boom arm with desk mount. The boom arms are pre-threaded with the appropriate USB or XLR microphone cable compatible with the included microphone for a sleek, clutter-free appearance.

The AT2005USBPK bundle includes an AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone with ATH-M20x headphones and custom boom arm.

The AT2020PK bundle includes an AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones, and custom boom arm.

The AT2020USB+PK bundle includes an AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones and custom boom arm.

The AT2035PK bundle includes an AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones, custom boom arm and shock mount.

These four content creation bundles will be available fall 2018 with U.S. street pricing as follows:

AT2005USBPK bundle: $129
AT2020PK bundle: $149
AT2020USB+PK bundle: $199
AT2035PK bundle: $199


Good Design Awards 2018 Selects Four Yamaha Designs



Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion. Good Design Awards 2018 selected four Yamaha products: VOCALOID keyboard VKB-100; digital piano P-121 and digital piano P-125; digital piano P-515; and Hybrid piano system TransAcoustic TA2. (P-121 and P-125 are counted as one item).

All the award winning designs have the same fundamental Yamaha design philosophy behind them. This philosophy calls for creating products that realize the goals of “being loved and used for the long term”, “gradually increasing in value over time”, “having simple designs”, and “achieving a balance between carefully selected materials and a beautiful finish”.

The VOCALOID Keyboard “VKB-100” was selected for the Good Design Best 100. It is available only in Japan. The keyboard “sings” lyric input in real-time and matches the notes on the keyboard to the song. Using the keyboard and buttons, singing style and melody can be changed freely in the performance venue.

Digital Piano “P-125” and “P-121” are new models in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. These instruments combine an authentic piano sound and keyboard at an affordable price. The digital piano is compact and simple, but also combines the rich sense of volume and texture of an authentic piano.

The P-125 features the same 88 keys as an acoustic piano. The P-121 features a smaller, 73-key keyboard that reduces the size and weight of the instrument without sacrificing the enjoyment of playing.

Digital piano “P-515” is the high-end model in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. The P-515 features piano sounds sampled from the flagship Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos. With a wooden keyboard extremely close to that of an acoustic grand piano with high-grade piano sound, we can enjoy superb piano performance.

Hybrid Piano System “TransAcoustic TA2” piano transmits digital sound directly to the piano soundboard. This system makes it possible to control volume without losing the rich sound only an acoustic piano can provide.


BOSS Announced Two New Waza Craft Compact Pedals



BOSS announced the DC-2W Dimension C and MT-2W Metal Zone, the latest additions to the acclaimed Waza Craft lineup of premium compact pedals.

Like all Waza Craft models, the new pedals feature original BOSS analog designs that have been infused with the artful refinements for enhanced performance and versatility. With the introduction of the DC-2W and MT-2W, the Waza Craft series now expands to include eight unique models.

The DC-2W Dimension C ushers in the return of two legendary BOSS and Roland effects from the 1980s. Designed in the Waza Craft analog tradition, the DC-2W offers not just a perfect sonic recreation of the original DC-2 Dimension C pedal, but also the legendary SDD-320 Dimension D studio rack effect it was based on.

DC-2W users can choose between DC-2 and SDD-320 modes with a panel switch. The pedal provides the same intuitive four-button preset interface found on the original effects, now evolved with electronic switching that unlocks sonic variations on the vintage units. Across the DC-2Ws two effect modes, 20 different Dimension variations are possible with just four switches.

First released in 1991 and in continuous production ever since, the MT-2 Metal Zone is loved by guitarists everywhere for its thick, rich distortion and distinctive mid-focused tone. Infused with Waza Craft mojo, the MT-2W takes the iconic stomp to new levels of tonal range and versatility.

The MT-2W features a dual-stage gain circuit enhanced with discrete analog components, plus a refined EQ circuit with smoother midrange tone and unique Q values specially tuned for the pedal’s focused Metal Zone tone, while Custom mode introduces a fresh, wide-ranging voice that’s perfectly suited for today’s diverse high-gain styles.