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IK Multimedia Introduces AmpliTube X-GEAR Pedals

IK Multimedia introduces the new AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals. Bring your perfect studio guitar sound onstage with the new AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals. Each boutique pedal features 16 different effects, drawn from the most popular AmpliTube models and all-new reverb and delay algorithms, accompanies by an exclusive virtual X-GEAR version of the exact same effects.

Use the virtual versions with AmpliTube 5 (SE version included) to record and tweak settings and save as presets on the matching X-GEAR pedal. Now you can move between studio and stage seamlessly, with world-class tone you can take anywhere.

AmpliTube X-Gear Overview:

  • Breakthrough software and hardware integration
  • State-of-the-art DSP in a road-worthy anodized aluminum chassis
  • 4 distinct effects pedals: distortion, modulation, delay and reverb
  • Each pedal packs 16 different algorithms and 50 factory presets
  • Includes exclusive virtual X-GEAR versions to use in AmpliTube 5
  • USB port for preset management and use as a recording interface
  • Full MIDI implementation including control over AmpliTube 5
  • Designed and made in Italy for a lifetime of playing and gigging

AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals cover the 4 realms of guitar effects processing. There’s X-Drive distortion and X-Vibe modulation, which offer a range of iconic, must-have analog pedal effects – all recreated with our finest algorithms ever.

Custom-created by the IK team just for these pedals, X-TIME delay and X-SPACE reverb feature cutting-edge, studio grade effects algorithms. All X-GEAR pedals share the same high-performance hardware and pioneering DSP for unsurpassed sound quality.

BOSS Unveils EURUS GS-1 Electronic Guitar

BOSS announces the EURUS GS-1 Electronic Guitar, an inspiring new instrument for modern guitarists. The EURUS concept presents a bold creative path for adventurous sonic explorers, expanding the traditional guitar experience with powerful and expressive BOSS technologies.

Born from this breakthrough approach, the EURUS GS-1 infuses a premium instrument premium instrument with advanced guitar synthesis technologies refined over more than four decades. The guitar also features onboard Bluetooth, allowing players to customize synth sounds and control multiple performance parameters with the convenience of wireless connectivity.

The EURUS GS-1 fully leverages BOSS’s vast expertise in guitar technology bring endless musical possibilities to forward-thinking players. Crafted in Japan with pro-quality details and components, the instrument provides smooth playability and top-quality sound for any guitar style. And with the flip of a switch, players can engage a polyphonic BOSS synth engine to access a stunning analog-flavored sounds to launch their music into a new dimension.

The synth engine of EURUS GS-1 delivers exceptional sonic quality and natural touch response realized through 40-plus years of BOSS guitar synthesizer development. The six onboard memories come filled with ready-to-play sounds, and there’s a synth control knob for hands-on dynamic expression. Every synth sound seamlessly responds to normal guitar techniques, with no latency or triggering issues to disturb the musical flow.

Using the free GS-1 Editor app for iOS and Android mobile devices, players can fully customize synth sounds over Bluetooth. May different synth types and variations are available for crafting sounds, along with tone, resonance, and other adjustable parameters. In addition, a range of target parameters can be assigned to the guitar’s synth control knob and favorite sound combinations and be saved for quick loading before performances.

The EURUS GS-1 has a stylish offset body design and a slim-profile, 24-fret neck with a compound radius fretboard for playing comfort. High-performance Gotoh hardware delivers smooth tremolo action and solid tuning stability with a two-point fulcrum bridge and staggered-height locking machine heads. Custom designed for the EURUS GS-1, the two humbucking pickups provide wide-range tone plus split-coil voicing at two stops of the five-way switch.

The newly released EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal is a powerful creative partner for the EURUS GS-1, bringing cable-free external control to the synth engine via Bluetooth. With the GS-1 Editor, parameters such as pitch bend, hold, filter depth, and more can be assigned to the EV-1-WL’s pedal, toe switch, and up to two external footswitches. Each sound can contain its own set of assignments, allowing players to preform octave bends on a synth lead, slow filter sweeps on a pad sound, and nearly anything else they can dream up.

RØDE Introduced Thread Adaptor

RØDE has introduced the Thread Adaptor, a premium universal adaptor kit for mounting a range of devices onto any mic stand, boom pole, tripod or studio arm. It features 1/4, 3/8, and 5/8-inch adaptors in a unique integrated set with a carabiner for safekeeping. These can be configured to connect any standard thread to any standard mount – a lifesaver on set, in the studio, or in the field – and it features a handy driver for tightening and loosening the adaptors.

The Thread Adaptor feature a bespoke design with a premium feel and finish – a must-have “everyday carry” accessory for sound engineers, filmmakers, and photographers.

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you’re on a set or in the studio and realize the thread size of your mic clip and stand don’t match up, or you need to mount your microphone but only have light stands available. The Thread Adaptor is a lifesaver in these moments.

It features:

  • A carabiner clip for attaching it to keys, clothing or a camera/audio bag so you always have it on hand, plus an integrated driver for tightening or loosening the adaptors.
  • A 1/4” male to 5/8” female adaptor for connecting accessories with a 1/4” thread to any standard microphone stand or mount.
  • A 5/8” male to 3/8” female adaptor for connecting accessories such as mic clips or shock mounts to stands that have a 5/8” thread.
  • A 3/8” male to 1/5” female adaptor for mounting microphones and accessories onto camera gear.

Different combinations of the above threads can be used to create a wide range of thread conversions so you can adapt to any situation. The Thread Adaptor is made from durable stainless steel and brass and will last a lifetime.

Tether Tools Introduces New ONsite Relay Camera Power System

Tether Tools introduced its OnSite Relay Camera Power System, the choice for many photographers looking to leverage constant power when shooting photography or videography, on-set, or on-site. The continuous power is drawn from a battery bank, d-tap battery, or wall outlet and is perfect for long shoots, astrophotography, night photography, time-lapses, shooting video, long exposures, travel photography, or wherever power is consistently needed.

The ONsite Relay Camera Power System utilizes the Tether Tools Relay Camera Coupler which is universally compatible with most proprietary Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fiji, Blackmagic, and Olympus cameras, many Sony NP-F L-Series video monitors and lights and compatible with cameras and devices requiring up to 8V of power. The system comes with either a USB-A connection (Case Relay A) or two USB-C (Case Relay C), and can be used to hot-swap batteries when on a photoshoot.

Key Features include:

  • Perfect for: astrophotography, night photography, time lapses, shooting video, long exposures, travel photography
  • Continually power your camera with USB battery packs
  • Hot swap batteries mid-shooting with no downtime
  • No need to purchase multiple camera batteries
  • Compatible with most Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras and many Sony NP-F L-Series video monitors
  • Can be adapted for use with D-Tap batteries.

With ONsite Relay A, you’ll never run out of power and never need to stress about forgetting your camera batteries. If you’re shooting and get low on battery power, simply swap out external batteries throughout your shoot. ONsite Relay A’s internal UPS battery will keep your camera powered while you exchange external batteries. Utilizing a wall outlet or external batteries, you could in theory shoot forever with consistent power flowing to your camera through ONsite Relay A.

Antlion Audio and Linus Tech Tips Giveaway

Antlion Audio and Linus Tech Tips have a giveaway. There are six ways to enter the giveaway, and eleven days left to enter (at the time I am writing this blog post). You could win a ModMic Wireless and a pair of Hifiman 400s planar magnetic headphones to create the ultimate headset.

The six ways to enter are unlocked one by one. Complete one, and the next appears. You will need to give Antlion Audio your full name and email address in order to enter the giveaway.

To celebrate the launch of Antlion’s TikTok, we’ve teamed up with Antlion Audio to give away a ModMic Wireless and a pair of Hifiman 400s planar magnetic headphones to create the ultimate headset! Enjoy the comfort and quality of around-ear open back planar magnetic headphones with the convenience and clarity of the ModMic, with no extra wires!

ModMic can attach to any pair of headphones or VR visor and deliver superior audio. That’s easy. But really, ModMic can attach to practically any flat surface.

With Antlion Audio’s new lineup there’s a ModMic for everyone. For the analog lovers, their ModMic Uni delivers exceptional flexibility. With the right adapter, you can plug it into virtually everything! 

For PC and PS4 users who put quality above all, the ModMic USB delivers superior quality thanks to a wired USB connection.

And the ModMic Wireless finally bridges the wireless audio gap. Thanks to Antlion Audio’s clever design it is the first aptX Low Latency wireless mic on the market to deliver full 16-bit 48kHz audio, the same quality in most desktop mics!

Hifiman HE-400s planar magnetic headphones are comfortable. The company’s current flagship HE1000’s are without question one of the top headphones at any price in the market today. While it is exciting to see how far up the sonic mountain these top of the line products can reach, for most headphone aficionado’s these prices are prohibitive. Enter the HE400s. Priced at an affordable £249/$299, these comfortable and easy to drive new headphones are just the ticket to get a taste of champagne on a sparkling water budget.

The giveaway is open worldwide. Winners outside the USA may be responsible for import fees, taxes, and/or duties. Retail MSRP of package $420 USD.

BOSS Announces CUBE Street II Battery Powered Amplifier

BOSS announced CUBE Street II, a battery powered stereo amplifier for mobile music performers and anyone who needs high-quality sound on the go. Evolved from the best-selling Roland CUBE Street – and newly rebranded with the BOSS name – the compact CUBE Street II features two input channels for mics and instruments, onboard effects, looper, and harmony functions, and more.

The amplifier also includes support for the optional BOSS Bluetooth Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor (BT-DUAL), a new product that allows users to wirelessly stream backing tracks and control CUBE Street II functions with a dedicated app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

First introduced in 2007, the groundbreaking Roland CUBE Street was an instant hit among mobile musicians. Offering a high-quality, battery-powered sound solution for street gigs and other intimate performing situations, it quickly became a mainstay in the busking world and continues to be used daily by performers everywhere.

In 2014, the series expanded with the CUBE Street EX, a more powerful and feature-rich model for larger audiences. Starting with the CUBE Street II, all newly developed products in the CUBE Street series will carry the BOSS brand name.

CUBE Street II is even lighter and more durable than its predecessor, thanks to a modern ABS injection-molded cabinet design. The output has also been doubled, providing 10 total watts of loud and clean stereo sound to cut through street traffic, train arrivals, and other noise challenges on the gig. In quieter situations, users can engage Eco mode to reduce the power and extend battery life.

With two ultra-versatile input channels, CUBE Street II supports all types of musicians and performers. The Mic/Instrument channel features a combo act for either an XLR balanced mic or an instrument such as a keyboard or Roland’s Aerophone. Equipped with a standard 1/4 inch jack, the Guitar/Mic channel provides plug-and-play sound for guitarists with seven acoustic and electric amp types, as well as settings for a line-level instrument or unbalanced mic.

CUBE Street II also includes many great features to take performance to the next level. Each channel provides three-band EQ and reverb, and there’s a chorus/delay effect on the Guitar/Mic channel. An automatic harmony function allows users to create impressive vocal harmonies based on the guitar chords they play or a preset key, and there’s also a built-in looper for creating backing tracks on the spot.

Roland Announced GO:MIXER PRO-X Audio Mixer for Smartphones

Roland announced GO:MIXER PRO-X, the latest member of the popular GO:MIXER family of audio mixers for smartphones and tablets. Ultra-compact and filled with audio connectivity, GO:MIXER products allow mobile content creators to capture multiple sound sources in high quality for music videos, livestreams, podcasts and more.

Compared with the previous GO:MIXER PRO model, GO:MIXER PRO-X offers expanded support for Android and iOS mobile devices, a guitar/bass input pad switch, and the ability to use a headset mic or the inline mic on smartphone earbuds as a sound source.

Today’s smartphones and tablets record great video, but their built-in microphones simply can’t deliver the sound quality needed to create polished productions that grab viewers and keep them engaged. GO:MIXER PRO-X is the ultimate companion for mobile content creation, combining multi-channel mixing, sound monitoring, and more in an affordable, palm-sized hardware device that goes everywhere.

GO:MIXER PRO-X supports the audio needs of all types of creators, whether working alone or with a group. Users can connect and mix up to seven audio sources, including a professional XLR microphone, guitar, or bass, a stereo instrument like a keyboard or drum machine, and two stereo line-level devices.

The headphones jack supports an additional mic feed, and the Loop Back function allows music and other audio from a connected mobile device to be mixed in as well. A newly added pad switch for the dedicated guitar/bass input lets users attenuate the signal if needed for instruments with active pickups.

GO:MIXER PRO-X is equipped with both USB Micro-B and four pile TRRS analog jacks, providing plug-and-play operation with most iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Three different cable types are included for connecting to Lightning, USB-C, and four pole TRRS jacks on mobile devices. GO:MIXER PRO-X can be powered with four AAA-size batteries or through device connection when the USB Micro-B connector is used.

In addition to providing exceptional sound quality for videos and livestreams, GO:MIXER PRO-X excels as an audio interface for music apps like Roland Zenbeats or GarageBand, and it also works great as a portable standalone mixer for practicing and performing.

Casio Released the PX-S2200 Digital Piano

Casio America, Inc., the world’s leading provider of powerful and affordable musical instruments, announced the release of the PX-S1100, the latest addition to the award winning Privia PX-S series of digital pianos.

The PX-S1100 replaces the PX-S1000, which has become one of the top-selling digital pianos on the market today and earned its reputation for sound and features that punch far above its price class. The new model retains its stylish design in the world’s slimmest body while offering an inviting keyboard touch and stunningly realistic piano sound, making it the ideal instrument for the home, recording studio or stage.

Compact Size and Minimalist Elegant Design

The new PX-S1100 makes the most of Casio’s advanced technology with a sophisticated design and boasting the world’s slimmest depth. The svelte, contemporary design complements the interior of any home and makes the most of rooms with limited space. With gold accents and three color variations – black, white, and red – the PX-S1100 has a minimalist, elegant and clean appearance, featuring a mirror-like, flat control panel. All settings are handled by touch buttons that disappear when the piano is powered off. What’s more, the PX-S1100 boasts the simplest interface in the Privia family.

Authentic Piano Sound and Feel

Despite its slim profile, the feel of the PX-S1100 duplicates a grand piano with a weighted action that is subtly heavier in the lower range and becomes lighter as the player ascends the keyboard. Improved string resonance reproduces the complex harmonics of an acoustic piano. Upgraded speakers and speaker positioning give the PX-S1100 a warmer tone than ever, and the multi-dimensional morphing AiR Sound Source provides a sense of ambience, localization, and clarity. This advanced sound engine reflects changes in volume and timbre, allowing users to move from gentle and delicate playing to dynamic and powerful performances, all with ultimate musical expressiveness.

Connectivity, Either Wired or Wireless

Connected features of the PX-S1100 stand above its competitors, as the included WU-BT10 adapter adds Bluetooth MIDI and audio capabilities, allowing users to connect wirelessly to compatible Bluetooth devices and transform the piano itself into a Bluetooth speaker. This revolutionary upgrade provides self-learning and music production opportunities, as users can play along with their favorite songs and hear everything through the Privia’s high-fidelity speakers.

Plus, the dedicated Chordana Play for Piano app opens a whole world of control and education features, letting players control all functions of the piano from a tablet (connected via Bluetooth or a USB cable) and providing real-time lessons that make learning music more engaging.

The PX-S1100 will be available for purchase in September at Music retailers nationwide and at CasioMusicGear,com.

PreSonus Studio One 5.3 Adds Major New Features

PreSonus has released Studio One 5.3, the latest version of its award-winning recording and production software (DAW). The second update in less than three months, version 5.3 adds major new features for scoring, creative production, live performance, and general workflow, many in response to feedback from Studio One users and PreSonus Sphere members.

With the addition of musical symbols playback in Studio One 5.3 Professional, composers working in Score View or Piano View can now connect musical symbols and dynamic markings to Sound Variations, which were introduced in version 5.2. Musical symbols playback works with any orchestral library that features corresponding articulations. A tab in the Sound Variations names of the currently-selected instrument.

A new Musical Symbols lane for the Note Editor lets you view symbols and Sound Variation events side-by-side. Apply musical symbols in either the Note Editor or the Score View, and they will render accurately in both. Output mapping of Sound Variations has been extended to include MIDI channel information as part of the activation sequence, enabling instruments such as Native Instruments’ Contact to address specific articulations.

Version 5.3 also adds several new save, export, and archive options, including the ability to upload Zip archives directly from Studio One 5 Professional to a PreSonus Sphere workplace – great for backing up Songs, Projects, and Shows and sharing them with other Studio One 5 users. A consolidated “Convert To” option on Studio One Professional’s File menu enables exporting and archiving documents for easy transfer and backup, including all referenced media files and alternative versions, with optional lossless audio file compression Save Songs as AAF, Capture Session, MIDI File or Open TL from the same menu.

Version 5.3 also adds several new save, export, and archive options, including the ability to upload Zip archives directly from Studio One 5 Professional to a PreSonus Sphere workplace – great for backing up Songs, Projects, and Shows and sharing them with other Studio One 5 users. A consolidated “Convert To” option in Studio One Professional’s File menu enables exporting and archiving documents for easy transfer and backup, including all referenced media files and alternative versions, with optional lossless audio file compression. Save Songs as AAF, Capture Sessions, MIDI File, or Open TL from the same menu.

Fulfilling a major user request the Chord Track, introduced in Studio One 4 Professional, has been significantly enhanced adding the ability to convert Chord events into Note events by simply dragging the Chord events to an Instrument Track. You also can extract Chord notes from an Audio event, then apply them to a MIDI Instrument-all via drag and drops.

Studio One 5.3 adds a long list of other new features and enhancements. The Show Page in Studio One Professional drag-and-drop support for FX Chains and seamless patch changes between sounds, so sustained notes are not cut off during patch changes. MPE support for VST3 instruments has been implemented using Note Controllers in Studio One Artist and Professional, and shortcuts have been added to quickly open the External Device Editor from a PreSonus ATOM or ATOM SQ pad controller.

Studio One 5.3 is a free upgrade for registered Studio 5 users and is included in PreSonus Sphere membership.

BOSS Announces HM-2W Heavy Metal Pedal

BOSS announced the HM-2W Heavy Metal, the latest in the growing lineup of Waza Craft pedals that recreate classic BOSS designs with detailed craftsmanship, premium components, and extended features. Based on the HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal from the 1980s, the HM-2W delivers the true analog sound of the original in all its glory, coupled with numerous modern refinements for enhanced performance.

Produced from 1983 to 1991, the BOSS HM-2 Heavy Metal is a legend in the history of distortion pedals. Its signature “chainsaw tone” with all knobs maxed is the defining voice of Swedish death metal music, and the slightly milder sides of its personality can be heard on tracks from mainstream to shoegaze. 

Over time, the pedal’s uniquely aggressive sound and focused midrange have become highly sought after by players around the world. After years of requests from hardcore HM-2 fans, BOSS is pleased to reintroduce the iconic stops three decades later in special Waza Craft edition.

Like all WAZA Craft models, the HM-2W features selectable modes for different sounds. BOSS engineers have also added audio performance improvements without affecting the original tone, including reducing the noise floor and expanding the maximum level by 3 dB. The HM-2W features a premium Waza Craft buffer as well, providing improved sound when the pedal is bypassed.

When the HM-2W is in Standard mode, the tone and response of the original HM-2 pedal is reproduced with 100-percent authenticity. Cranking every knob all the way up delivers the genuine sound of Swedish death metal, and users can conjure a wide range of tones for other styles with the sensitive distortion and color controls.

The HM-2W’s Custom mode offers a similar sound character to Standard mode, but with just a little more of everything. The drive state has more gain and includes more of the fundamental guitar sound for extra attack and sharpness. In addition, the low and high-mid characteristics have been tweaked for increased fullness and definition.

Along with the vintage HM-2 sound, BOSS has captured the original pedal’s distinctive orange and black appearance, right down to the size and position of lettering on the panel. And while the mode switch on most Waza Craft pedals is positioned on the face, it’s been moved to the top of the HM-2W to preserve the layout from the HM-2.