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Line 6 Introduced Amp Farm 4.0 Plug-In



Line 6 has introduced the Amp Farm 4.0 plug-in. It features models based on classics from Marshall, Fender, Vox, and more. Amp Farm 4.0 delivers the same tones used on countless of hit records to your projects.

Since its introduction in 1988, the Amp Farm plug-in has been used to add quintessential guitar tones to countless platinum albums, hit television shows, and major motion picture soundtracks.

Once only available to Pro Tools TDM users, the new Amp Farm 4.0 plug-in supports 64-bit AAX, AU, and VST formats, and sample rates of up to 192kHz, making it compatible with virtually any DAW. Pro Tool users will appreciate full backward compatibility and the ability to open old sessions without losing previous sounds or settings.

Select from more than a dozen amp models based on classic amplifiers like Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa/Boogie, Soldano and more – plus 48 cab models with a choice of four mic setups.

Amp Farm 4.0 is fully programmable and automatable, providing powerful control over your tone. Mix and match amps, speakers, and mics for all-new combinations. The Amp Farm plug-in makes it easy to do things that are simply not possible with physical amps. And not just on guitar. It can impart exciting color and character – from subtle tube warmth to extreme distortion – to bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, or complete mixes.


Logitech G Introduced Two New Gaming Keyboards



Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, introduced two new high-performance gaming keyboards – the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. By combining Logitech G’s advanced LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, with its new high-performance, low-profile GL Switches, these new keyboards were designed and built to be the most advanced and innovative keyboards imaginable.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

This premium keyboard features Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology for a lightning fast, pro-grade 1ms report rate and up to 135 days of non-stop wireless gaming, with lighting turned off (assuming eight hours of play per day). The G915 LIGHTSPEED also includes five on-board programmable G-keys, putting custom macro sequences and in-app commands at your fingertips.

For the first time in the gaming industry, Logitech G is offering its next-generation LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting on a LIGHTSPEED Wireless keyboard. With LIGHTSYNC, this keyboard can be personalized across approximately 16.8 million colors through Logitech G HUB Advanced Gaming Software for the most immersive RGB gaming experience. With RGB colorwave enabled, gamers can play for over 12 days on a single charge (assuming eight hours of play per day).

Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The ultra-thin, wired G815 LIGHTSYNC offers the same great style and finish of the G915 LIGHTSPEED, with five dedicated, programmable G-keys, up to three on-board profiles and Logitech G’s LIGHTSYNC RGB technology, customizable through Logitech G HUB. Additionally included is a USB cable that connects the USB 2.0 passthrough port to its own input for 100 percent power throughout.

Both the G915 LIGHTSPEED and G815 LIGHTSYNC mechanical keyboards feature Logitech G’s high-performance, low-profile GL mechanical key switches that are half the height of standard mechanical key switches for 25 percent faster actuation (versus 2.0mm actuation in standard switches) and a more comfortable typing experience. Available in choice of GL Linear or GL Clicky switches to match play preferences, the tactile version gives discernible actuation for gamers who prefer direct feedback, while the linear version provides a smooth keystroke. The clicky version offers a much-requested audible typing experience with tactile feedback.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard are expected to be available on LogitechG.com and at global retailers in August 2019 for suggested retail prices of $249.99 and $199.99, respectively.


Audio-Technica to Exhibit Streaming/Podcasting Mic Packs at PAX West 2019



Audio-Technica announced that it will be exhibiting a wide range of gaming headsets, streaming/podcasting microphone packages, wireless and wired headphones, and other gaming-friendly products. It’ll all be showcased at PAX West 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, Booth 7002, August 30 – September 2, 2019.

Highlights of the Audio-Technica products on exhibit at PAX West 2019 include:

Taking design inspiration from the company’s industry-standard ATH-M50x pro audio headphones, Audio-Technica’s ATH-G1WL wireless and ATH-G1 gaming headsets deliver powerful, spacious audio quality in crystal-clear in-game voice communication. Both headsets’ lightweight design allow gamers to enjoy even long playing sessions in total comfort.

The wired ATH-G1 (SRP: US $169.00) is compatible with computers, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and any platform with a 3.5 mm headset connector. It features specially tuned large-diameter 45mm drivers to bring studio-quality sound to game audio. Its highly directional boom mic delivers exceptional voice clarity while rejecting ambient noise and keyboard clicks.

The Wireless ATG-G1WL (SRP: US $249.00) adds stable, lag-free wireless connectivity, a long 15 hours of battery life and a virtual sound function for an even more immersive 3D audio gaming experience. Its wireless USB transceiver ensures compatibility with computers.

The BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset (US $199.00) was developed for professional use, yet its natural, focused audio reproduction, noise-isolating closed back design, high-output gooseneck-mounted dynamic microphone and rugged design make it idea for gaming as well.

Now, anyone can convert their favorite headphones into a full-fledged gaming headset, thanks to Audio-Technica’s ATGM2 detachable book microphone (US $79.00), which easily attaches to any headphones and adjusts for optimal positioning.

Gaming and streaming go hand in hand and Audio-Technica will showcase a selection of streaming/podcasting packages that include a microphone, adjustable boom arm, headphones, cables and accessories – everything needed for content creators in a complete easy to use setup. Models include the AT2035PK with USB mic (US $199.00), AT2020USB+PK withXLR mic ($149.00) and the AT2005USBPK with USB/XLR connectivity (US $129.00).

Audio-Technica’s wireless headphones combine high-quality Bluetooth audio with cord-free convenience and superior value. The QuietPoint ATH-ANC500BT (SRP: US $99.00) features 40mm drivers for clear, detailed audio reproduction and ANC (active noise cancellation) circuitry to attenuate outside noise. The ATH-ANC500BT’s controls and mic are built into the earcup for convenient handling of volume adjustments and phone calls. It offers up to 20 hours of use on a full charge and can also be used in wired mode.


Nikon COOLPIX W150 is Waterproof



Nikon announced the U.S. retail availability of the COOLPIX W150, the latest rugged yet family-friendly compact digital camera. Thanks to being both waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX W150 allows users to easily capture and share unforgettable moments on every adventure, vacation or get-together.

The W150 boasts an extremely easy-to-use design, sharp image quality and variety of unique scene models, making it a great travel camera for the whole family.

With a 13.2-megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom and full HD video recording, the COOLPIX W150 offers the flexibility to easily capture both stunning still images and Full HD videos, wherever life takes a person. Even those who have never used a camera will immediately be comfortable snapping shots due to the simple menu system, 2.7-inch 230-k dot LCD screen, and Target Finding autofocus, which allows for easy detection and focus on the primary subject.

Built to capture memories, the COOLPIX W150 is waterproof up to 10m (33 feet), shockproof from 1.8m (6 feet) and freezeproof up to ~10° C (14° F). Additionally, the COOLPIX W150 is equipped with a variety of scene modes and editing functions, allowing users to seamlessly upload to their phone wirelessly for sharing, all with the Nikon SnapBridge app.

The COOLPIX W150 in white will be available in the U.S. in early September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $169.95.


Line 6 Introduces Marketplace



Line 6 LogoLine 6 has introduced Marketplace, an online store where users of the Helix guitar processor and HX products can purchase premium presets and impulse responses (IRs) created by select third-party vendors.

“We are extremely excited to officially open Marketplace,” said Adrian Haselhuber, Director of Product Management, Line 6. “With these unique sounds, Helix and HX product users can explore many new creative options. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our development partner community, the expanding Helix and HX platforms are poised to become even more beneficial to musicians.”

The Marketplace will help the network of third-party vendors forge new relationships with customers.

At the Marketplace, you can download purchases directly to your computer, and then upload them to your device via your HX Edit software. Marketplace products are compatible with Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Stomp, and HX Effects, as well as the new Helix Native plug-in.

Marketplace vendors include: 3 Sigma Audio, Ben R Vesco, Celestion, Chad Boston Store, Chad Huskey, Choptones, Craig Anderton, Eric Broadbent, Fremen, Glenn DeLaune, Gore Boards, Jason Sadites, Live Ready, OwnHammer, Peter Hamm, Robbie Calvo, and Simone Gianlorenzi.

Marketplace produces have minimum software and firmware requirements as follows:

  • Helix/HX firmware version 2.7 or higher
  • HX Edit software version 2.7 or higher
  • Helix Native software version 1.7 or higher

Telestream Announces the Next Generation of Wirecast Gear



Telestream, a global leader in file-based media workflow orchestration, media streaming and delivery technologies, announced the latest version of Wirecast Gear, a new generation of the company’s award-winning live video streaming production hardware.

Powerful, purpose-built, and easy to use, the fully configured workstation allows anyone to broadcast professional live productions in a matter of minutes. The new Wirecast Gear will be demonstrated for the first time at the upcoming IBC tradeshow (booth 7.C16 & 7.C14) and will start shipping mid-September, 2019.

With Wirecast Gear, live event producers can focus on production and streaming instead of worrying about hardware system compatibility, configuration, and integration. It is ideally suited for marketers, educators, corporate and online trainers, event producers, sports broadcasters, worship service staff, news gatherers, and anyone who wants to deliver professional live streamed productions out of the box.

Wirecast Gear’s new hardware speed represents a significant performance increase compared to previous generation hardware. With more CPU cores, higher clock speeds, and faster RAM, and the latest NVMe storage, Wirecast Gear is the highest performing turnkey system offered in its price range.

The 400 series builds on the Gear – 300 series’ server-grade processing and adds a professional NVIDIA Quadro GPU that can produce up to four simultaneous 1080p 60fps encoders and an SDI program output or multi-view without using additional CPU bandwidth. Wirecast Gear can also create more ISO and archival grade encounters simultaneously for future repurposing of content.

Wirecast Gear supports up to five simultaneous cameras via baseband SDI or 4 cameras via HDMI depending on model. With six channels of audio, and professional XLR/TRS balanced audio inputs, audio signals are always pristine, even with longer cables. For enhanced portability and durability, the system has no moving parts except for the fan.


Roland Announced the DJ-707M DJ Controller



Roland announced the DJ-707M DJ Controller – a four-channel, four-deck Serato DJ Pro controller engineered for the perfect balance of functionality and portability. DJs searching for more than song mixing now have tools to manage complex event audio requirements, all-in-one with the powerful benefits of a portable live sound audio console, loudspeaker management system, and fully-fledged performance DJ controller.

Designed in consultation with leading event DJs, the DJ-707M is built to efficiently manage the wide-ranging needs of mobile DJs. The compact controller packs more specifications than larger, bulky controllers and the reinforced internal and external metal parts ensure it can withstand life on the road. Plus, it’s compact size allows it to sit between turntables and DJ media players, and it is DVS Upgrade ready for component DJ set-ups.

The DJ-707M features seven inputs, including front mounted auxiliary inputs to easily connect instruments from guest musicians or two additional microphones. Built with the DNA of a professional audio console, the DJ-707M features two studio-quality XLR microphone inputs. Each channel also has its own gain, low-cut switch, and noise gate, plus effects from reverbs and delays to key-based audio-pitching and auto-ducking.

Dual USB inputs allow up to two instances of Serato to be run on separate computers, creating seamless transitions between DJs or backup rigs. Its USB input can also be used to connect an iOS device for mobile playback.

Dedicated Serato DJ Pro controls allow for creation and triggering of hot cues, loops, effects, drum patterns, and samples, plus switching between four Serato decks. Roland’s hardware effects can be assigned individually to the dedicated hardware Filter/FX knob to finnese blends or accentuate scratches. DJ-707M’s standalone mixer allows computer-free performance using CDJs, turntables, mics, and more.

Driven by the sound of Roland’s TR-909 and TR-808 drum machines, the DJ-707M also contains launchable preset rhythms for adding punch to classic tracks, crafting transitions, or creating accompaniment for instrumentalists. Other on-board OSC sound effects include sweepers and synth stabs.


Fujifilm Launches Two New UA Series Lenses



Fujifilm launches FUJINON UA18x7.6BERD (UA18x7.6) and FUJINON UA23x7.6BERD (UA23x7.6) to the UA Series of 4K-compatible broadcast lenses.

The UA18x7.6 and UA23x7.6 are 4K-compatible broadcast lenses with design and advanced portability. The use of unique optical technology delivers high image resolution and rich tonal gradation. Both are highly versatile, with UA18x76 covering focal lenses from 7.6mm to 137mm (18x zoom), and the UA23x7.6 covering focal lengths from 7.6mm to 175mm (23x zoom).

Fujifilm will launch the UA18x7.6 in September 2019 and the UA237.6 in October 2019, expanding its broadcast lens lineup to 13 models in total, supporting premium-quality 4K video production.

The UA18x7.6 and UA23x7.6 can be pared with a 4K camcorder to reduce the physical strain of videographers who carry their equipment on the shoulder. Furthermore, the lenses contain ED lens elements to control the various types of aberration to achieve amazing sharpness. The company’s unique multi-layer coating helps achieve rich tonal gradation to produce 4K video of astonishing quality. These lenses can be mounted on an HD-compatible broadcast camera.

Main Features:

Compact design for advanced portability

  • The two compact lenses adopted Fujifilm’s unique optical design, with the UA18x7.6 weighing at 1.74kg and measuring 204mm long and the UA23X7.6 weighing 1.95kg and measuring 221.4mm long.
  • They can be paired with a 4K camcorder to reduce the physical strain of videographers who carry their equipment on the shoulder.

Unique optical technology for excellent sharpness and richness

  • The lenses are ED and fluorite elements to effectively control various types of aberration, achieving outstanding image sharpness. The company’s HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) multi-layer coating boosts the rate of light transmittance, delivering rich tonal gradation.
  • These lenses can be mounted on an HD-compatible broadcast camera.

Natural bokeh achieved with nine-blade diaphragm

  • The use of nine-blade diaphragm achieves an aperture shape closer to a perfect circle. This creates beautiful soft lights and natural bokeh into the video expressions.

Addition of two lenses with different zoom magnifications

  • These lenses use the “multi-group zooming” method that moves multiple lens groups for zooming.

Newfangled Audio has Punctuate Intelligent Transient Monitor on Sale



Newfangled Audio is offering a sale on the Punctuate Intelligent Transient Shaper. The Punctuate plug-in is now available on it’s own for the first time ever! Get it for a limited time for $49 (50% off).

Transient shapers are used by top mix engineers to either crank up or soften the transients of instruments, emphasizing either the attack or sustain. However, traditional transient shapers work on the whole signal at once, modulating the whole frequency range when the transient snap is only happening in one band.

Punctuate uses a model of the human ear to run a set of transient shapers across the whole spectrum of human hearing. This allows you to tailor the attack of a whole range of instruments, busses, and whole mixes without messing with the entire frequency range. The result is unparalleled transient shaping power focused where you need it, and not where you don’t.

Features:

  • Multi-Band Transient Emphasis or Suppression magically reshapes the dynamics or your single channel or whole mix
  • Auditory Modeling means that even drastic changes sound natural
  • Intelligent Adaptive Algorithms allow you to control up to 26 transient shapers with just 4 controls
  • Integrated metering shows you what the algorithm is doing at all times
  • Filter Bank page lets you modify the filters and solo each channel for expert tweaking if desired

Blackmagic Design Announced New UltraStudio 4k Mini



Blackmagic Design announced UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G-SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

UltraStudio 4K Mini is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$995.

The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology, including 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and analog formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit hight dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 30p.

It is small enough to fit in a rack or be used on a desktop. The front panel features push button controls, an LCD for monitoring signal and setup, an XLR microphone input and a 1/4” headphone jack. UltraStudio 4K Mini features USB for connecting a keyboard and mouse, plus it will trickle charge their laptop computer when connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s even a built in SD card reader allowing instant access to their camera media cards.

With UltraStudio customers can connect to virtually any video device. All UltraStudio models include SDI in and out, HDMI for monitoring on TVs and projectors and analog YUV/NTSC/PAL video balanced analog input for archiving from legacy analog broadcast tape decks. The UltraStudio 4K Mini and Extreme models add an extra HDMI input plus a balanced analog audio for connecting to in-studio monitoring.

But on revolutionary Thunderbolt 3 technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to any computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily. Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio 4K models also include an AC power connection, perfect when working in studios.

UltraStudio 4K Mini Features:

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for 40 Gb/s capture and playback
  • 3 models available with both portable and rack mount options
  • Ideal fo edit monitoring, live graphics, archive and streaming
  • 12G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced audio
  • Supports 45W trickle charging to connected computer
  • Supports all SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p and 4K DCI formats
  • Front panel with LCD, mic input, headphones and SD card slot
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, color, VFX and audio
  • Includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux