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Yamaha Introduces Two New Colors for CSF1M Guitars



Yamaha introduced two new color choices for the CSF1M acoustic-electric guitar: Crimson Red Burst, and Translucent Black.

“CSF is compact without compromise,” said Dave Miner, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitar Group. “We reintroduced the series in 2018 because of interest in parlor-sized guitars and expanded the lineup last year with a TransAcoustic model. We hope these two new CSF1M finishes will help even more players to find a perfect fit for the sound and style they want, and for wherever they play.”

Special forward-shifted scalloped bracing enhances the resonance of the Yamaha CSF1M guitar’s solid Sitka spruce top, increasing bass response, while its mahogany back and sides impart a natural warmth and richness. Despite its compact size and shorter length, which some players find more comfortable to play than the larger instruments, the CSF1M has a surprisingly big and rich acoustic sound, with an undersaddle SRT piezo pickup for plugging in onstage or in the studio.

Combining the portability of a travel guitar with the focused tonal characteristics of a parlor guitar, the CSF1M is an ideal choice for both the road and the destination.

The Yamaha CSF1M models in Crimson Red Burst and Translucent Black (MSRP: $639.00) are now shipping.


Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM Mini Pro



Blackmagic Design announced ATEM Mini Pro, a new low cost live production switcher with all the features of ATEM Mini but now with extra features for recording, streaming, and monitoring.

ATEM Mini Pro includes a new hardware streaming engine to allow direct streaming via its Ethernet connection to YouTube Live, Facebook and Twitch. There is also support for recording the stream direct to USB flash disks in H.264, plus support for recording multiple disks for continuous recording. The new model also includes a multiview on the HDMI video output that allows all inputs to be monitored on a single monitor, as well as live status of recording, streaming and the audio mixer.

ATEM Mini Pro is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$595.

ATEM Mini switchers make it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype or Zoom. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images.

Or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary. There are loads of video effects too. All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so customers can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro model adds live streaming and recording to USB disks.

There’s also an HDMI out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high-quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

ATEM Mini’s compact all in one design includes both a control panel as well as connections. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel, letting the presenter do the switching. Customers can even get buttons for audio mixing.

On the ATEM Mini Pro model customers also get buttons for record and streaming control as well as output selection buttons that let customers change the video output between cameras, program and multiview. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out, plus and HDMI “aux” output for program video.


Canon Introduces EOS Webcam Utility Beta Software



Canon has introduced a software solution that allows select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras to function as high-quality USB webcams. As virtual meetings and gatherings become the new norm, you don’t want to be caught in the dark with a low-quality webcam.

Fortunately, the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software was unveiled by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, for select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras. To help bring you into the light, this beta version converts your compatible EOS ILC and PowerShot camera through a simple USB connection into a webcam.

Built by Canon software developers, this beta version software helps consumers to improve their video appearance while using popular video conferencing applications in the market, delivering clarity and high-image quality.

The EOS Webcam Utility Beta software solution requires one single USB plug (which may ned to be purchased separately) to connect the camera to a Windows operating systems computer. Once the solution is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will be ready to go.

“In unprecedented times, it’s imperative for Canon to provide our customers with useful, simple, and accessible solutions to assist them in whatever imaging needs they have,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A. Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Out goal is that the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software can help reduce some of the remote workday stress for employees who are tasked with video conferencing and virtual meetings.”


Eventide Introduces Micropitch



Eventide has introduced MicroPitch, a fine resolution pitch-shifter for stereo widening, special FX and new dimensions in sound. It is currently on sale for desktop for $39, and on iOS for $6.99.

MicroPitch is a fine-resolution pitch shifter for subtle tone fattening, plus delays for dramatic slap back effects. It can take you beyond the run-of-the-mill stereo spread effects and simple micropitch plugins. It goes above and beyond by allowing you to mix in detuned and delayed versions of your source, creating depth and dimensions not possible before. With its expanded controls you can achieve deep pitch dives, haunting echoes, and pristine chorusing effects.

The plug-in has been enhanced for experimentation and live performance and fine-tuned for your desktop, laptop, or iPad. It also promises much more tweak-ability than simple pitch shifting plug-ins. Tone, Modulation, and Feedback controls provide territory for ear-catching production techniques. Unleash the full range of MicroPitch’s parameters and you can discover rich repeating delays, thick modulations, and tempo-synced special effects.

Features include:

  • Two voices of pitch shifting, one from unison to -50 cents, the other from unison to +50 cents, each with up to 2 seconds of delay
  • Classic stereo-spreading effect
  • Slapback effects using longer delay times
  • TONE for fine-tuning the voices to fit perfectly in your mix
  • PITCH MIX for layering the two voice by setting the balance between each shifted delay
  • MOD DEPTH and RATE for a chorusing effect on each voice
  • FEEDBACK for pitch dive/rise effects
  • RIBBON lets you ‘play’ the effect in real-time and provides dynamic and fluid control to morph back and forth between the settings of your choice
  • MIXLOCK keeps MIX control constant as you addition presets
  • Available for Mac and PC as VST, AAX, and AU plug-in
  • iOS version works as a standalone app, AudioUnit v3 plug-in, or Inter-App Audio effect

All Variax Guitars Now On Sale on Line 6 Web Store



Line 6 announced that all Variax Guitars are now on sale in their web shop. Enjoy enticing pricing on new James Tyler Variax US, and factory-refurbished Variax Standard, JTV, and Shuriken Variax modeling guitars for a limited time.

A single Variax guitar puts the sounds of renowned electric and acoustic guitars, resonator guitar, banjo, and even electric sitar at your fingertips. Plus, if you play in alternative tunings – or that’s something you’d like to explore – Variax provides lots of options and lets you instantly switch between them without touching a tuning peg. The free Workbench HD app even enables you to create your own custom tunings. But hurry – offer ends May 10, 2020!

As always, terms and conditions apply:

  •  These deals are only available in their web shop while supplies last. All products must be purchased from there.
  • The promotion lasts through 11:59 PM PST May 10, 2020.
  • The offer is only available to Line 6 customers with mailing addresses in the United States.
  • Offer applies to all JTV-US guitars, factory refurbished JTV, Variax Standard and Variax Shuriken guitars. Line 6 does not allow product substitutions, deletions, additions, or other modifications to this offer, regardless of information you may learn from other sources.
  • The discount will be reflected in the final purchase price at the time of sale.

Canon Introduces CINE-SERVO 25-250mm Cinema Lens



Canon U.S.A, a leader in digital imaging solution announced the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S), a new CINE-SERVO cinema lens designed for use with 4K cameras.

The new lens, which is available in both EF and PL mount, features 10x optical zoom, a built-in 1.5x extender and a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit, providing broadcast friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters. The lightweight design of the lens (6.7 lbs) is remarkable given the zoom range and feature set, especially when compared with other lenses of similar focal lengths. This outstanding model, as well as the Sumire Prime Lenses announced in 2019, have further strengthened Canon’s robust lineup of Cinema Lenses.

Similar to the existing award-winning 17-120mm and 50-1000mm lenses, the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm offers outstanding 4K optical performance thanks to its ultra-low dispersion glass and a large-diameter aspherical lens. Combined with Canon’s unique optical design technology, these components work to help correct color fringing and limit chromatic aberration during operation. The lens features Canon’s renowned warm color science and an 11-blade aperture that produces a beautiful, smooth bokeh.

The new lens is ideal for cameras with a Super 35mm sensor. While the 10x zoom covers a range of 25-250mm, the built-in extender stretches that range to an impressive 375mm with an added benefit of allowing for full-frame sensor coverage with only a stop of difference in light loss.

The servo unit included with the 25-250mm lens can be easily removed to allow for manual operation, and the gear pitch is compatible with standard cinema controls of zoom and focus. The EF mount version of the lens allows for the utilization of Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides users with smooth AF operation and high-speed tracking performance, and the PL mount version supports Cookie/i Technology. In addition, like the 17-120mm, the 25-250mm lens also features a macro function to enable close-up shooting.

The Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S) is scheduled to be available in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $29,999.00. For more information, please visit www.usa.canon.com/cinemalenses.


Line 6 Introduces Helix 2.90 and Helix Native 1.90



Line 6 introduced Helix/HX Firmware 2.90 update and the Helix Native 1.90 plug-in. You can get these updates as free software downloads on the Line 6 website.

We are committed to the evolution of the Helix Family of guitar and effects processors, which includes Helix Floor, Helix LT, Helix Rack, HX Effects, HX Stomp, and the Helix Native plug-in. These free Helix/HX 2.90 firmware and Helix Native 1.90 application updates include a new amp, two new cabs, six new effects, and new features You’ll get everything listed below.


New Amp:

  • Revv Gen Purple, based on the purple (Gain 1) channel of the Revv Generator 120

2 New Cabs:

  • 1×12 Fullerton, based on the classic 1953 Fender 5C3 Tweed Deluxe
  • 1×12 Grammatico, based on the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange

6 New Effects:

  • Distortion – Alpaca Rouge, inspired by a modded Way Huge Red Llama
  • Distortion – Legendary Drive, based on the Carvin VLD1 Legacy Drive (high-gain channel)
  • Distortion – Xenomorph Fuzz, inspired by the Subdecay Harmonic Antagonizer
  • Dynamics – Rochester Comp, based on the Ashly CLX-52 created in conjunction with Billy Sheehan
  • Modulation – Pebble Phaser, based on the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser
  • Split – Dynamic, Line 6 original. This new Split block type lets you dynamically route signals to Path B, depending on how hard you play

Eventide Introduced CrushStation



Eventide has introduced CrushStation, a plug-in that is being offered as an introductory special for desktop ($39) / iOS ($9.99). Download a free 30-day demo and check it out! An iLok account is required for download.

A versatile, best-in-class, stereo distortion platform for your Mac, PC or iPad/Phone. Its controls can drive your tone from creamy saturation to a brutal sonic assault. But distortion is just the starting point. CrushStation brings multi-effects to the mix by adding a three-band EQ, Compression, Octave Mix and Eventide’s unique take of failing hardware, the Sag control. Use the MIX Control to blend your dry signal with CrushStation to create parallel compression, distortion, and other creative effects.

  • “FIX”a weak snare track by adding just a bit of Grit & Compression
  • “FIT” finesse the lead into your mix by adding a bit of warmth and bottom
  • “FEATURE” the lead by crushing it ’til it hurts.

The plug-in comes loaded with 35 Factory Presets capable of adding spice, flair, crude and crunch to suit a variety of production styles. Get guitars, bass and synths to sit perfectly in the mix by dialing in warmth and depth with “PunkRock Lobster.” The Grit control in “Fat n Snappy” adds preamp-style distortion that can help bring out kicks in the mix with. “Big Pop Octaves” adds subtle distortion and lower octaves for unique pitch blending vocal effects.


Canon Announced In-Demand Specifications of EOS R5 Camera



Canon USA, a leader in digital imaging solutions, has shared additional specifications of the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera currently in development. The newly released information divulges further details on the 8K video recording capability, IBIS and more.

Newly Announced Details of The Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Camera include:

  •  8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265) 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps
  • No crop 8K and 4Kvideo capture using the full-width of the sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axes In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses
  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-11.

To learn more about the Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera and the additional information announced, please visit, www.usa.canon.com/EOSR5


Sony Expands Remote Camera Line Up With Two New Compact Cameras



Sony introduced two new compact cameras – SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) – that deliver high-quality images at 4K 60p alongside full IP connectivity, expanding its renowned remote camera line up.

With product availability starting in August 2020, users can select the wide-angle SRG-XP1 or the powerful optical zoom SRG-XB25, which offer new options for sites that are hard-to-access or where there is no space for a full sized camera and dedicated operator. The cameras are ideal for remote communication, monitoring and content production applications in a wide range of verticals such as corporate, education, healthcare, live broadcast and more.

Utilizing a single network cable, simple and cost-efficient set-up for power supply, image distribution and camera control is a reality with the SRG-XP1 and SRG-XB25, as they support full IP-based operation. Equipped with NDI|HX capability via optional license, both cameras offer unprecedented flexibility when working with other NDI-compatible hardware or software anywhere on the network. The cameras also support Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) for easy recording and distribution of video and audio.

The SRG-XP1 POV camera is capable of capturing video across a 100-degree wide horizontal viewing angle despite its compact, lightweight design. This is particularly useful for recording reality shows and in settings such as e-sports and remote meetings/discussions, where the entire location can be captured regardless of the installation position. On the other hand, the SRG-XB25 BOX camera is extremely useful for large spaces thanks to its powerful 25x optical zoom, capturing footage from a distance for events, lectures, seminars and faith applications.

With more than 20 years of technical expertise, Sony offers a range of remote cameras that are now widely used for remote teaching and communication purposes at universities and hospitals; for shooting and distributing content in government, corporate and faith-based facilities; and for remote production in event and broadcasting stations.