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Roland Introduced HP700 Digital Piano Series



Roland introduced the HP700 series, the latest edition to the company’s renowned selection of digital pianos for the home. The HP704 and HP702 models bring new levels of performance and sophistication to first-time piano buyers, combining gorgeous sound and elegant styling with modern Bluetooth connectivity.

With authentic playability and numerous built-in education and entertainment features, an HP700 instrument provides a strong foundation to inspire musical growth and support family enjoyment for years to come.

The HP700 series encourages ambitions at every step of the journey. Both instruments are filled with new technologies that stimulate musical expression, and feature Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling engine for stunningly realistic acoustic tone and responsiveness. The Hybrid Keyboard on the 704 combines the look and feel of a wooden keyboard with durable molded materials, while the Progressive Damper Action pedal on both models provides true acoustic pedal behavior for executing advanced techniques.

With an elegant-yet-contemporary design inspired by Roland’s award-winning LX700 series, an HP700 piano can make a bold statement or blend discreetly into any room. And with compact dimensions and vastly reduced weight compared to a traditional acoustic upright, it’s easy to move the instrument to find the perfect spot.

Volume-controllable internal speakers fill the room with rich, inspiring sound for playing and in-home performing, while connecting headphones provides an immersive, multi-dimensional sound experience that won’t disturb family members or neighbors.

For interactive study, users can wirelessly connect the piano with their smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to play along with favorite tunes or sharpen skills with online tutorials. And where no one’s playing, an HP700 piano doubles as a home entertainment system for streaming music with dynamic high-fidelity sound.

For the HP700 series, Roland has carefully selected and meticulously manufactured finishes to present attractive instruments that owners will be able to showcase in their homes. The HP704 and HP202 models are available in white, charcoal, dark rosewood, and light oak finishes. The flagship HP704 is also available in a classic polished ebony finish.


FujiFilm Introduced the Zoom Cinema Lenses Premista Series



FujiFilm Corporation introduced the zoom cinema lenses Premista Series, which support large-format sensors and deliver outstanding high resolution, beautiful bokah and rich gradation with HDR (high dynamic range). The Premista Series can bring out the maximum capability of large format sensors, which are increasingly being adopted into cinema camera, to provide robust support for high-quality video production.

New Premista Series offers a lineup of zoom cinema lenses that support a large format sensor. Featuring large-diameter aspherical lens elements and newly-developed focusing / zooming system, the lenses achieve an astonishing level of edge-to-edge resolution. The use of 13-blade iris design and shallow depth-of-field which is a characteristic of large format sensors, produces natural and beautiful bokeh to faithfully capture the subject’s texture, three-dimensional definition and even a sense of atmosphere at the site.

Furthermore, the Series applies Fujifilm’s unique optical design to minimize ghosts and flares, thereby creating rich gradation with HDR. Mechanical design built with Fujifilm’s simulation technology, nurtured over many years, is coupled with production technology that can assemble parts processed in the order of microns at high precision, to produce a compact and lightweight body with advanced robustness, withstanding harsh filming conditions in professional video production.

In addition, the focus ring can be rotated as much as 280 degrees, and delivers perfect objectivity with a smooth torque when rotated to enable precise focusing.

In its first launch from this Series, in August 2019, Fujifilm releases the standard zoom lens Premista28-100mm that gives the T-stop value of 2.9” across its focal length range of 28-100mm. This lens caters to filming in a variety of situations, covering the focal lengths of six most-frequently-used prime lenses.

The telephoto zoom lens Premista80-250mm with the focal length range of 80-250mm at the T-value range of 2.9-3.5 will join the lineup by the end of 2019, further broadening filming versatility by covering the useful range of 28-250mm in focal lengths.


BOSS Announced Version 3 Update for GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor



BOSS announced another feature-rich firmware update to the GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor. Free for all GT-1000 owners, the Version 3 update brings bass guitar support with three AIRD bass preamp types and a large selection of bass-tuned effects.

Manual and Pedalboard modes have been added as well, offering even more options for real-time effects control. The GT-1000’s AIRD Output library has also been expanded with 13 new selections, providing optimized interfacing with a wider range of amplification system.

The flagship GT-1000 has received universal acclaim for its class-leading sound and feel, extensive effects, versatile real-time control, and travel-ready size. Standout features include a high-powered custom DPS engine, 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout, plus the ability to edit patches wirelessly via built-in Bluetooth and a dedicated app. The GT-1000 platform continues to evolve through ongoing firmware development, with each revision adding new features and functionality enhancements requested by GT-1000 users.

GT-1000 Version 3 includes new footswitch modes for even more control on stage and in the studio. Manual mode – a popular feature found in previous generation GT-processors – allows the user to set up on/off control of any amp or effect on a secondary layer that can be accessed with a footswitch assignment.

The all-new Pedalboard mode takes an even more direct approach for players wanting a traditional stompbox experience, providing a dynamic effects layout that’s outside the normal patch structure and always ready to go when needed.

One of the GT-1000’s most powerful benefits is its AIRD Output Select functionality, which gives the user consistent tone with any connected device, whether it’s a regular amp input, amp effects return, PA mixer, or recording interface. Version 3 adds 11 types to the large guitar-based AIRD Output Select collection in the GT-1000, plus 2 types of new AIRD bass preamps.

The GT-1000 Version 3 update is available as a free download and can be installed by connecting the GT-1000 to a Mac or Windows computer via USB.


Sony Announced the HDC-5000 Multi-Format Live Camera



Sony Electronics announced the latest member of its HDC family of 4K live camera systems. HDC-5500 is a new multi-format live camera capable of direct 4K signal output in 12G-SDI carrying the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensors that ensure superb image quality in HD, 4K and HDR live production.

The HDC-5500 outputs a 4K signal directly from its 12G-SDI output. Installing a wireless side panel option, HDC-5500 can be operated as a wireless camera as well as used with a camera stabilizer.

Using newly developed signal processing technology between the camera and CCU, the Ultra High Bitrate (UHB) transmission enables the transmission of two camera signals simultaneously by a single fiber cable, increasing the operational flexibility of the camera system.

The 4K TRUNK feature efficiently transmits two sources from HDC-5500 to CCU; one source from the “host” HDC-5500 itself and a second camera connected to the HDC-5500’s 12G-SDI input. In addition, 4K PROMPTER is transmitted from the HDCU-5500 to camera head also utilizing the UHB transmission.

The HDC-5500 can utilize an interchangeable side panel which can ensure backward compatibility with current HD camera control units such as the HDCU-2500/3100 series.

The HDC-5500 is planned to be available in May of 2019.


Eventide has a Sale on Blackhole



The photo of the black hole that is being passed around the internet appears to have inspired Eventide to have a sale on Blackhole. Get Blackhole for $29 through April 14, 2019. Blackhole is regularly priced at $199.

Most reverbs are earth-bound and constrained by the physics of the real world. Our Blackhole reverb breaks the rules by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality (at least the one we inhabit). At large sizes, its soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allows it to really shine on guitars, strings, and pads. At small sizes those very same qualities can add an angelic sheen to vocals or turn a simple drum track into an otherworldly rhythm section.

We’ve now perfected the galactic sounds of the Blackhole reverb in native plug-in form. With the Blackhole plug-in, any instrument in your DAW can warp acoustic space and time.

This famed, massive reverberator first saw the light of day as an algorithm in Eventide’s rackmount DSP4000 and remained a favorite in the rackmount H8000FW. For decades, studio engineers considered Blackhole their “secret weapon.” More recently, it was ported to Eventide’s Space stompbox and became the go-to ambient effect for guitar and keyboard layers. With each new version the reverb has been refined and enhanced.

Features include:

  • Incredibly easy to use with over 50 presets; many created by Eventide artists
  • Ability to create extremely musical effects useful for highlighting key instruments
  • Supernatural settings for ambient spatial effects and drones
  • Subtle settings for ambient washes and track highlighting
  • Unique “Gravity” control reverses the arrow of time by inverting the reverb’s decay.
  • Kill Switch mutes the input so you only hear the reverb. This makes for some incredible effects when automated.
  • Mix Lock allows for scrolling through presets or settings while keeping the wet/dry mix constant.
  • Fully flexible mono and stereo options. Bring new realms of stereo imaging to mono instruments.
  • Innovative Ribbon and Hot Switch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously.
  • Full support for the Native Instruments NKS Effects system

Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM Constellation



Blackmagic Design announced ATEM Constellation 8K a major new high end live production switcher with 8K capability that lets customers create content for the next generation of the television industry. ATEM Constellation is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US $9,995.

The new ATEM Constellation 8K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with so many features, customers can combine them all to make an incredibly powerful 8K switcher. Customers get 4 M/Es, 40 x 12G-SDI aux outputs, 4 DVEs, 16 Keyers, 4 media players, 4 multi viewers, 2 SuperSource and standards conversion on every SDI input. Then when switched to 8K, all these features combine to make a powerful 8K switcher.

ATEM Constellation 8K features a compact 2RU rack mount design with a built in control panel. This allows operation of the switcher, critical during setup for emergency use. Also included is a large LCD so customers can see program output and change switcher settings via on screen menus.

Although only 2RU size, the rear of the switcher has a massive 40 x 12G-SDI inputs, 2 x 12G-SDI aux outputs, plus balanced audio, Ethernet, RS-422 control and MADI digital audio extra inputs to the internal Fairlight audio mixer.

With a built in control panel, customers can simply walk up and take full control of the ATEM Constellation at any time. Customers get incredible power with both PGM/PVV or cut-bus style operation. The buttons are the same premium type used on full sized panels, and allow control of transitions, upstream/downstream keyers, media players and fade to black. But users are never limited, as the LCD menus also allow every single operational feature of the switcher to be accessed.

Customers get 40 independent 12G-SDI inputs, each with input featuring its own dedicated up and cross converter. That means it’s possible to convert 1080p and Ultra HD sources to stunning 8K to use them in their 8K programs. When used in Ultra HD, customers can connect up to 40 different sources in all formats up to 2160p60. When running 8K formats, connect 10 Quad Link 12G-SDI 8K sources in all formats up to 4320p60.

Visit Blackmagic Design at NAB 2019 booth #SL216.


ChyronHego Releases PRIME 3.5



ChyronHego introduced PRIME 3.5, the next generation of the company’s universal graphics platform. This latest version is packed with technological advancements, authoring and playout workflow improvements, and purpose-built offerings to serve a wide variety of market segments.

PRIME 3.5 incorporates Click Effects PRIME 3.5, ChyronHego’s turnkey graphics-authoring solution for sports teams and arenas to make live, stadium-based presentations almost as exciting as what’s actually happening on the field.

In an industry first, with PRIME 3.5. ChyronHego is unveiling new end-to-end high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for creating native HDR graphics and outputting them to HDR channels, including instant compatibility with SDR content within an HDR playout realm, eliminating the need to recreate legacy SDR content.

Expanding its GPU capabilities, PRIME 3.5 allows producers to scale up to a much higher number of pixels per physical output, or scale across multiple outputs, even at UHD resolutions. Allowing for multiple PRIME render engines to render in unison offers an even greater scalability to the ever-increasing need for pixels, all perfectly synchronized with all-new, frame-accurate output synchronization.

Whether addressing traditional CG, clip server needs, channel branding, touch screens, or video walls, PRIME does it all along with a single Design tool for any authoring needs. PRIME software workflow options, such as Base Scenes and Live Mode editing, simplify the authoring and playout environment with instantaneous authoring feedback on render outputs and time-saving, one-stop graphics-package adjustments, literally reducing hours of editing into minutes of work.

In addition, a new integration of PRIME and Click Effects PRIME with industry-leading production switchers from Grass Valley places single-button control of ChyronHego graphics into the user interface of Grass Valley’s Kayenne, Karrera, and GV Korona Video Production Center switches.

Unique, fine-grained control over CG elements and key-framed actions and timelines allows for ultimate control, facilitating multilayered graphics presentations to scoreboards – even on a single output.

Visit ChyronHego at NAB 2019 at booth #SL1208.


Telestream Unveiled Instantaneous Channel-as-a-Service System at NAB 2019



Telestream, a leading provider of workflow automation, processing and quality monitoring and management solutions for the production and distribution of video, introduced OptiQ, a new and radically different one-click channel creation solution for cloud environments.

The product of a strategic research initiative that sees Telestream working closely with a major European telecoms service provider, OpticQ transforms the new channel creation task from a process that took weeks or even months to one that takes just minutes to complete.

Once created, these new video channels exhibit considerable sophistication: as standard, they feature integrated monitoring throughout and the ability to switch between multiple sources (live or file-based). A ‘pay-as-you-go’ business model offers the flexibility to accommodate unforeseen fluctuations in demand while aligning to such costs to revenues. As a result, users do not need to pre-spend to ensure they meet such demand.

OptiQ targets a number of applications. It facilitates new revenue streams for content providers looking to accelerate time to market for new channels, and for broadcasters and service providers by enabling short-term (premium and non-premium) channels/events, or additional content such as highlight reels, player bios, and event histories alongside premium content.

OptiQ uses containers and multiple orchestration systems which are prioritized based on industry dynamics and customer feedback. The containers are modular Linux-based “elements” (such as encoders, packagers, origin servers, and monitoring probes), that can be instantiated in a cloud environment by an orchestration system, then stitched together and configured automatically to make a real-time-monitored live streaming channel.

Visit Telestream at NAB 2019 booth #SL3308.


iZotope Acquires Product Line from Exponential Audio



iZotope, the experts in intelligent audio technology, announces the acquisition of the Exponential Audio product line. Exponential Audio is a leading company in digital reverb, best known for R4 PhoenixVerb Surround and Symphony. The company has become a mainstay for audio professionals in both music and audio post production.

Exponential Audio reverb plug-ins help audio engineers quickly and easily bring character to musical performances, fit dialogue into scenes, mix in immersive audio formats, and create never-before-heard sound effects. Developed in consultation with award-winning Hollywood re-recording mixers, these reverbs lead the market in supporting the most advanced industry formats for surround audio.

In addition, Exponential Audio founder and renowned reverb expert Michael Carnes joins the iZotope team as a Research Fellow to continue innovating new possibilities for sound.

Carnes is a long-time software developer and musician. Prior to starting Exponential Audio, he was creator of Lexicon’s 960L, the PCM96, and the Lexicon plug-ins. Beyond hardware and software development, Carnes holds an advanced degree in classical composition, adding musicality and creativity to the plug-ins he develops.

Exponential Audio’s products will now be sold through iZotope.com. Current and future uses of Exponential Audio products will become part of the iZotope community and will be supported by iZotope’s Customer Care team.

Visit iZotope at NAB 2019 at South Hall (lower) booth #SL8827.


Focusrite’s RedNet Control Now Includes Support for Red Range Interfaces



Focusrite has released RedNet Control 2.3, a free update that unifies RedNet Control with configuration, status monitoring, metering and extended operational control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre, Red 16Line – Focusrite’s range of audio interfaces offering up to 64 in / 64 out Thunderbolt I/O with Pro Tools HD and Dante network audio connectivity.

Focusrite RedNet Control’s “Device View” features a graphical representation of each device on the local network, giving critical feedback such as signal metering, clock status, power supply state and primary/secondary network connection state. RedNet Control is completely customizable, which allows for several users on the same network to have completely different views.

RedNet Control also provides parameter control. This includes clock source selection, sample rate converter configuration, and reference level setup. All the functions of Red mic pres can be controlled from the software: Gain, Phantom Power, Phase Invert, High-Pass Filter, and Air Mode. Graphical control for Red range units is separated into five pages: I/O Control & Meeting, Input Routing, Output Routing, Monitor Control and Custom Mixes.

From the Custom Mixes page, RedNet Control’s internal audio mixer allows you to create up to eight separate mono or stereo sub-mix signals. Up to 30 of all the available inputs can be selected as sources for the mixer. Once selected, these input signals will then become available to all Custom Mixes. Each mixer output can have an individual balance of fader levels, mute and channel pan settings.

Where more hands-on control is required, RedNet Control features a MIDI bridge, allowing any programmable CC-based or SysEX MIDI controller to manage up to 16 different devices with mic press. This allows gain to be easily mapped to an encoder for tactile control. RedNet Control includes the option to use the Avid Pre CC protocol, meaning Red range devices can be controlled from ProTools and in turn with one of the Pro Tools controllers such as Artist series, S3 or S6.

RedNet Control’s automatic firmware update ensures that all Red and RedNet devices on the network are kept up to date with the latest firmware. This guarantees that the latest Dante updates from Focusrite will be loaded to the device, ensuring the best possible performance.

RedNet Control 2.3 is available now for free download. The installation package, available for Mac OS X computers includes the RedNet Control application, the Dante Controller application, PCle drivers and Red range driver.

Visit Focusrite at NAB 2019 booth #C2052.