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Keeley Electronics Introduces HYDRA Stereo Reverb & Tremolo Pedal

Keeley Electronics introduces the HYDRA Stereo Reverb & Tremolo Pedal. It is available for purchase as of November 17, 2020, at $249.00.

Due to COVID restrictions, this pedal make take a few days to ship. Keeley Electronics requests that you be patient.

The HYDRA combines high-fidelity Reverb and Tremelo to add space and dimension to your guitar, bass, or keyboard signal. After the team at Keeley completed the ECCOS, we wanted to craft the perfect companion pedal, and we did just that with our new, feature-rich blue box.

Bathe your sound in Spring, Plate or Room Reverb, then add tap-enabled Harmonic, Vibrato, or Sine Wave Tremolo with the press of a button. You can easily change the order of effects or the character of the Tremelo or Reverb with the HYDRA’s smart Alt Controls. You can even create an Infinite Hold Reverb Trail!

Save up to three presets with ease using Keely Electronic’s intuitive save feature. Engage Reverb Trails on the fly, no more internal dip switches. The Hydra can be used with pro remote switching and offers both TRS Expression and External Tap-Tempo inputs.

The HYDRA is a complete end-of-pedalboard solution that fits perfectly in any musician’s rig, regardless of genre. Experience next-level processing power in this pedalboard-friendly enclosure. The sky, or more appropriately, the ocean floor, is the limit with the new Keely Electronics HYDRA!

HYDRA Features:

  • Stereo high-fidelity Reverb and Tremolo effect pedal
  • Dreamy and accurate sounding Spring, Plate, and Room Effects
  • Vintage-voiced Harmonic, Vibrato, and Sine Tremelo
  • 3 Preset locations
  • On board or Remote Tap-Tempo
  • Smart Alt Controls for Shimmer, Spring Age, Room/Hall Size
  • Infinite Hold for Reverb trails
  • Expression pedal can be assigned to any knob
  • Effect Order, Reverb or Tremolo first, switchable on the fly
  • True-Bypass or Trails switchable on the fly
  • 9 Volt DC, 115mA ultra low-current design
  • Made in Edmond, USA

Moog Werkstatt-01 & CV Expander Now Available

Moog announced that their Werkstatt-01 & CV Expander is now shipping and is available for a limited time. Get hands-on with the compact, patchable Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit and CV Expander.

Werkstatt-01 is a patchable and compact analog synthesizer. A gateway to the expansive world of analog synthesis, the instrument is a must-have for anyone interested in exploring classic Moog sound and circuitry through the unique, hands-on experience of a DIY synthesizer project. This affordable, easy-to-assemble kit requires no prior electronics experience and is a perfect afternoon (or Christmas morning) project.

The straightforward simplicity of Werkstatt-01’s design makes it an ideal jumping-off point to discover a limitless new world of analog sound design, and the included 3.5mm CV Expander makes it a no-brainer for everyone wishing to integrate the iconic Moog sound into their music. The 9” by 6” musical machine may be small, but the raw power and spectrum of the sound it produces is immense.

First introduced at Moogfest 2014 as part of the event’s Engineering Workshop, the Werkstatt-01 analog synthesizer has been admired as an essential introductory synth, a powerful standalone instrument, and an enhancement to any integrated electronic music ecosystem. Based on classic Moog circuitry, Werkstatt-01 was created to provide a hands-on understanding of how analog synthesizers work and encourage experimentation with sound through patching and interconnectivity.

Werkstatt-01’s 100% analog circuits deliver the classic soul and futuristic sound Moog synthesizers are known for. Featuring an full-range analog oscillator with selectable waveforms to power your sound and the legendary Moog Ladder Filter for precision harmonic sculpting, this instrument covers a vast expanse of sonic territory.

Adding movement is as simple as engaging Werkstatt-01’s Analog LFO circuit to impart your sound with the motion of gently breathing waves – or crank up the LFO speed and summon cosmic laser beams. A 2-stage Analog Envelope Generator with Sustain gives you the control to shape your dynamics, dialing in everything from lush electronic string swells to punchy baselines and organic percussion hits – and everything in between.

iZotope has Black Friday Loyalty Deals

iZotope has Black Friday Loyalty Deals. You can save 50% or more and treat yourself to bountiful bundles, sweet suites, and powerful plug-ins, including Tonal Balance Bundle for $199.

These Black Friday Loyalty Deals, as you might have expected, are only being offered to those who are eligible. You may be eligible for loyalty pricing on iZotope plug-ins. Log in to the iZotope website to check your eligibility.

The Black Friday Loyalty Deals include:

Ozone 9 Advanced Loyalty Offer: Ozone 9 delivers the latest in audio technology with new tools for instrument balance and low end, smarter audio assistance, and improved performance. Sale price: $149. Was $449.50 ($350.00 off)

Neutron 3 Advanced Loyalty Offer: Neutron 3 Advanced is the first-ever plug-in that listens to your entire session to suggest an overall level mix to kick things off right. Create custom presets using machine learning, communicate across plug-ins in your mix with the smartest EQs on the planet, bend and shape your audio to any instrument profile, and more! Sale price: $149. Was $399.00 ($250.00 off)

Neoverb Loyalty Offer: From the minds behind Ozone and Nectar, and powered by legendary Exponential Audio technology, iZotope Neoverb is the smartest reverb plug-in for music producers. Sale price: $99. Was $199.00 ($100.00 off)

Tonal Balance Bundle Loyalty Offer: The Tonal Balance Bundle brings mixing and mastering into one interconnected workflow that will help you achieve a professional, polished sound. It includes Ozone 9 Advanced, Nector 3 Plus, Neutron 3 Advanced, and Tonal Balance Control 2. Sale price: $199. (Was $699.00)

Music Production Suite 4 Loyalty Offer: iZotope Music Production Suite 4 gives you the tools you need to take your musical ideas from a collection of tracks to a polished project ready for release. It includes Ozone 9 Advanced, RX 8 Standard, Nector 3 Plus, Neutron 3 Advanced, Neoverb, Stutter Edit 2, and 5 more industry leading products. Sale price: $399.00. (Was $799.00)

In addition, iZotope has Black Friday deals that do not require loyalty and appear to be open to anyone who wants to buy them. Visit the iZotope website for more information.

Accusonus has an Early Black Friday Sale

Accusonus has an Early Black Friday sale. Some of the items that are part of this sale are only available for a limited time. The sale price for those items ends on November 29, 2020.

The Early Black Friday Sale includes:

Creator Suite: Get all you need to achieve a great sounding result. Includes ERA Bundle Standard and SFX Cellar Premium. Sale price $5.99/month. (Regular price: $9.99/month)

Post Production Suite: The go-to solution for sound professionals. Includes ERA Bundle Pro and SFX Cellar Premium. Sale price: $17.39/month. (Regular price $28.99/month)

ERA Bundle Standard: Get all 9 single-dial plugins for fast audio repair. Includes Denoise, AutoEQ,Voice Deepener, Derverbation, Leveler and many more. Sale price: $4.79/month (Regular price: $7.99/month)

ERA Bundle Pro: Get 4 spectral-processing modules and 9 single-dial plugins for fast audio repair. Includes Denoise Pro, Deverb Pro, De-Esser Pro, Room Tone Match, AutoEQ, Voice Deepener, Leveler and many more. Sale price: $14.99/month (Regular price $24.99/month).

SFX Cellar Premium:
Unlimited royalty-free sound effects, available in high quality WAV format. Embedded metadata. Clearance for any personal or commercial project. New sounds added every month. Sale price: $4.79/month. (Regular price: $7.99/month)

accusonus All Bundle: The All Bundle includes all products from accusonus. (Regroover Pro, Rhythmiq, All Expansion Packs, Beatformer, drumatron2, ERA 5 Bundle Pro). Sale price: $999.

Beat Making Bundle: Innovative beat production using the industry standard AI tools. Includes Regroover Pro, Rhythmiq and Beatformer. Sale price $149.

Regroover Pro: Split your loops into stems and enable new beat making workflows. Also part of the Beat Making Bundle. Sale price: $99.

Instantly jam with your beats with the turn of a single knob. Also part of the Beat Making Bundle. Sale price: $79.

Sculpt your beats with an easy-to-use interface. Also part of the Beat Making Bundle. Sale price $59.

Regroover Essential: Loop un-mixing at an unbeatable price. Available with a perpetual license. Sale price: $9.99.

Visit the Accusonus website about their Early Black Friday Sale for more information.

Fender Released the Brad Paisley Signature Esquire Guitar

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the new Brad Paisley Signature Esquire in collaboration with the multiple-Grammy-Award-winning country music superstar. Over the course of the guitar brand’s nearly 75-year history, the Fender Esquire has been used by generations of country musicians who prized its approachability and uncompromising tone.

With his second signature guitar, Fender honors both the storied history of the beloved model and a man who has made the Esquire iconic to fans of modern country music. Brad Paisley has used the Esquire guitar’s tried-and-true sound throughout a decades-long career which includes three Grammy awards, 24 No.1 hits, and over 3.9 billion on-demand streams making him the perfect partner for Fender to celebrate this guitar anniversary with.

“The Esquire is a streamlined, working-man’s guitar,” said Paisley. “It’s really important to me that you hear an echo of the past in the stuff that I do, and in that sense, this guitar encompasses what I try to do musically. It has a retro feel, but at the same time, it’s progressive, with a new style of pickup that hasn’t been done before.”

The signature twang of the Esquire and its later iteration, the Telecaster, has been heard on countless country albums and have helped to define the sound of the genre. In this spirit, the Brad Paisley Signature Esquire takes the elements that have made the guitar a staple and provides subtle upgrades to bring this iconic model into the future.

Historically, the Esquire model is know for featuring a single pick-up; making it perfect for country artists like Brad Paisley, as well as those seeking an affordable, but professional instrument at the outset of their career. In order to maintain this upstart spirit of the Esquire while giving musicians a greater sonic range, Fender has added a Seymour Duncan Braid Paisley Signature “Secret Agent” neck pickup. This pickup is hidden under a pickguard adorned in a custom paisley pattern – keeping the image of the instrument intact while delivering a robust pattern of sounds.

The Brad Paisley Signature Esquire features a lightweight Paulowina body with Spruce top and back, finished in a stunning black sparkle and given a RoadWorn treatment for a vintage look and feel. The maple neck with 9.5” radius fingerboard improves the playability over previous Esquire guitars but features a classic V-shaped profile in a nod to the guitar’s heritage.

American Professional compensated saddles in a vintage bridge show an attention to detail and quality, while the black paisley-patterned nods to the artist’s influence. And of course, the Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Signature “Secret Agent” neck pickup maintains the aggressive spirit of the original Esquire, while giving the players tone options never before heard in the model.

Brad Paisley Signature Esquire is priced at $1,399.99.

Gibson Guitars and Carlton Cases Unite for a Collaboration

Two goliaths of guitar engineering and design, Gibson and Carlton Cases, have united to unveil the first ever Gibson Series of guitar cases, powered by Carlton Cases. To view the new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton Cases, visit here.

“I am excited to offer the new collaboration with Carlton,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “When it comes to traveling and sending my personal collection around the world for artists to use in the studio, at home, and on tour, I rely on Carlton to keep them safe. We are thrilled to partner with Carlton to create and offer this new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton and offer it to our fans.”

“It’s thrilling to work directly with such a historic influential megaforce in the music industry,” adds Jeff Poss, Owner of Carlton Cases. “The team at Gibson are attentive to every detail; it’s why we get along so well and surely why the Gibson Signature Series are the best cases to come out of Carlton, ever.”

An American icon for 126 years, Gibson has been a heroic figure across all genres of music, a symbol of quality in sound and guitar design worldwide now paving the way for another century of success in guitar stylings and creativity. For over 50 years, Calton Cases has proudly designed customized cases for guitarists that have protected and lengthened the lifespan of their beloved guitars with custom flair, so instruments can transcend generations.

Guitars are a legacy, carried over generations in songs sung and stories told and at Calton Cases, we identify with Gibson’s unmatched quality and attention to detail. Every case at Calton Cases is customized and tailored to preserve each unique and amazing guitar for a lifetime and more and every Gibson guitar is a tool for legendary music in the making.

The resulting Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases has forged an immaculate line of guitar cases, well-designed and built, and collaboratively customized from look and feel to strength and durability.

There is no compromise in the aesthetic and endurance of the new Gibson Signature Series. The brown and subtle metallic-copper gelcoat exterior is an electrifying embodiment of the classic combined with modern ideals for which Calton is renowned worldwide. Meanwhile, the sumptuous Gibson color-matched plush pink interior and riotous brass hardware rock Gibson’s rebellious spirit.

With the success of this launch the Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases, it’s clear that Gibson guitars and Calton Cases will continue this unstoppable unity for many years to come.

Panasonic Introduced LUMIX 85mm Lens

Panasonic introduced a new large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal-length lens, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85) that enhances portrait photography with its beautiful bokeh effect.

Based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless camera, Panasonic is going to release four F1.8 large-aperture lenses as previously announced, and this 85mm F1.8 is the first one.

These four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantage in use, for example, when the camera is on a gimbal, it is easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum adjustment of connected gears.

Filters can also be used in common thanks to the same diameter. Boasting high mobility realized by its compact size and light weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is also suitable for stills.

Comprising 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Panasonic S series lenses even pursue the beauty of bokeh and the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides a smooth defocus graduation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light without vignetting.

The LUMIX 85mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a critical problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.

With its compact, approximately 355g of light weight, the LUMIX 85mm F1.8 features stunning mobility. The rugged dust/splash-resistant design with stands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

In additional to the four F1.8 large-aperture lenses, a 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development to further enhance LUMIX S Series lens lineup. Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance are committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of the customers.

HOFA XMAS Mix Contest Starts Soon!

HOFA announced that the HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST will start soon! Those who are interested in participating should visit the HOFA website and watch a YouTube video of a recording documentary and (re-)mixing session.

It is this time of the year again: the annual HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST will begin on December 1st! For the 12th time now, we are organizing this mixing and remixing contest for all those who want to spend some quality time in their home studio. The tracks are released for download with the start of the contest.

The song this year is called “Christmas Blind”. As every year, the contest song was written by HOFA CEO Jochen Sachse. This year, though, he brought the platinum awarded rock specialist Dennis Ward on board as producer and mixing engineer – for a reason: the song is a pretty heavy rock track!

This year there will be prize money of 1.000 € twice – for the best mix and for the best remix of HOFA’s contest song – and also attractive special prizes from Steinberg, Neumann, Sennheiser, Native Instruments, Shure, ADAM Audio, Novation, Toontrack, Sommer Cable, Reveal Sound, König & Meyer and HOFA.

Be sure to check the HOFA website after on (or after) December 1, 2020, to find out more details.

PreSonus Introduces Revelator

Whether you’re looking for a microphone for vlogging, podcasting, voiceovers, or general home studio use, the new PreSonus Revelator USB microphone makes it easy to get polished, professional sounding-results with great sounding presets, easy-to-use loopback audio, and selectable polar patterns. Whatever your application, Revelator will adapt to fit your needs.

The secret to a “radio sound” is a combination of the right talent and microphone with just the right amount of EQ and compression. Revelator makes it happen with the same EQ and compression algorithms found in PreSonus’ award-winning StudioLive Series III mixers.

Eight easy-to-use, professional crafted presets give you that radio sound with the press of a button, with the right combination of EQ and compression to make your voice stand out. Eight additional user presets are provided to make Revelator sound that’s all your own using the full StudioLive Fat Channel controls available in Universal Control. You also get a wealth of voice effects to create just about any crazy sci-fi sound you want. Even better, you can store up to four presets to be instantly selectable via the Preset button on Revelator!

More than a USB microphone, Revelator also features two stereo streams for loopback audio so you can quickly and easily conference in Zoom calls, record gameplay, or showcase the audio in a YouTube video while adding witty commentary.

Two streams for loopback audio mean you can mix and record the audio from two different applications on your computer, along with your voice, at the same time using the intuitive interface Universal Control. Built-in monitoring and an onboard headphone amplifier let you listen to your performance and mix in real time.

Three pickup patterns provide maximum flexibility. Use the cardioid pattern for voiceovers or performances where only one voice should be captured.

Doing a podcast interview in person? Change to the figure 8 pattern and position Revelator between you so one side will pick up the interviewer and the other will pick up the guest. Doing a roundtable discussion or recording multiple instruments? Switch to the omnidirectional pattern to pick up sound all the way around the microphone.

With its bus-powered USB-C compatible design, makes connecting Revelator connecting to a Windows or macOS computer and Android or iOS tablet a breeze, and it comes with PreSonus’ popular Studio One Artist recording production software and Studio Magic Software Suite. An integrated desktop stand with built-in cable management and elegant aesthetic keeps your broadcast space clean.

Zoom Microphones Introduces F2 and F2-BT Field Recorders

Zoom introduced the F2 and F2-BT field recorders. For podcasters, videographers, bloggers, journalists and more, the F2 is the perfect audio solution for creators on the move. F2 is available with or without Bluetooth.

The F2 features 32-bit float recording technology, allowing you to record the loudest audio signals without worrying about clipping. It will also record the quietest signals in beautiful detail. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about setting the gain. Just plug in the lav and hit record. Once you start your recording, use the F2’s HOLD switch to ensure you don’t accidentally stop recording. Screw in connectors keep your lav plugged-in securely no matter the situation.

The F2-BT comes with built-in Bluetooth. And with the free Zoom F2 Control, the F2-BT can wirelessly start/stop recordings, display battery levels, adjust output volume, control lo-cut and more. You can also pair the F2-BT with a Bluetooth timecode synchronization device to receive and write timecode to recorded files.

The F2 Editor for PC and Mac allows you to adjust settings, format SD cards and more. Simply connect your F2 or F2-BT via a USB cable and launch the editor. The USB connection also makes it easy to transfer files to your computer.

F2 Features:

  • Light and compact audio recorder
  • 32-Bit Float recording for full dynamic range and clip free recording
  • No gain adjustment necessary
  • Records 44.1kHz/32-bit float or 48kHz/32-bit float audio files
  • Rec Hold function to avoid accidental operation of buttons
  • 1/8” Mic in mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo 1/8” Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • 80 Hz low cut filter
  • High precision internal clock (±0.5ppm) to avoid audio and video syncing issues
  • Wireless timecode synchronization (F2-BT model only)
  • Records directly to micro SD and SDHC cards up to 512 GB
  • USB-C for connection to F2 Editor for settings
  • Built-in Bluetooth for connection to the F2 Control app for settings adjustment and remote
  • transport control (F2-BT model only)
  • Runs on only 2 standard AAA alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter (AD-17)
  • Up to 15 hours of operation (14 hours on the F2-BT) with two AAA alkaline batteries