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Fujifilm Launches Mirrorless Digital Camera FUJIFILM GFX50S



Fujifilm is pleased to announce that the FUJIFILM GFX50S II will be released in late September 2021 as the latest addition to the GFX Series of mirrorless digital cameras incorporating the large-format sensor approximately 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor.

The GFX50S II is equipped with the 51.4MP image sensor and the powerful in-body image stabilization (IBIS) mechanism in a compact and lighthearted body weighing approximately 900g, Its high-performance AF, based on the use of a high-speed image processing engine, gives the camera a excellent mobility.

The GFX50S II is a mirrorless digital camera that allows more people to enjoy the photographic world of ultra-high image quality, achieved by the large-format sensor’s rich tonality and ability to render the background out of focus beautifully.

Fujifilm released the FUJIFILM GFX 50S in 2017 as the first model in the GFX Series of mirrorless digital cameras and has since expanded the lineup to pioneer a market for mirrorless digital cameras using a image sensor larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor. The GFX Series has won high acclaim for its image quality and mobility from professional photographers and photography enthusiasts.

The latest GFX50S II, to be released this time, in a mirrorless digital camera equipped with the 51.4MP sensor in a compact and lightweight body weighing approximately 900g. It has a larger light-relieving area per pixel than digital cameras with the 35mm full-frame sensor, producing rich tonality and clear images with minimal noise even in low-light conditions.

Combination of its high resolution capabilities of capturing the finest detail and beautiful bokeh achieved with the ability to deliver a shallow depth of field creates three-dimensional definitions on the subject.

The camera has a powerful five-axis IBIS mechanism that provides up to 6.5 stops of anti-shake advantage to compensate for camera shake during hand-held shooting and minimize motion blur in low light or in settings where a tripod cannot be used. The use of the high-speed image processing engine “X-processor 4” and the latest algorithm adds extra performance to AF, attaining focus on the subject quickly and accurately.

The GFX50S II is a mirrorless digital camera of excellent mobility with an image sensor larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor, rewriting the previous standards for digital cameras. When mounted with a compact and lightweight kit lens FUJINON Lens GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR, the camera produces superior-quality images in a broad range of shooting situations.


Jackson Introduces X-Series Soloist Guitar



Jackson introduces X-Series Soloist Guitar. Distinctive and affordable, Jackson’s X Series Soloist models are built for speed and comfort! The X Series Soloist SLX DX Camo is a venerable double-cutaway workhorse that offers many fine features desired by today’s shredders.

This soloist model features an ergonomically curved poplar body and through-body maple neck with reinforcement for rock-solid stability and tilt-back scarf joint headstock for reduced playing fatigue. Hosting 24 jumbo frets, its 12”- 16” compound radius bound laurel fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out.

Active Jackson covered high-output humbucking pickups power this metal beast with an expansive voice load with crunchy, full-bodied tone ideal for brazen lead work or assertive rhythms runs. Tone is fully customizable with three-way pickup blade switching and single volume and tone controls, while a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge system provides superior string stability and dynamic tremolo action.

Battle-ready, the X Series Soloist SLX DX Came is dressed in Multi-Color Camo or Winter Camo with matching camo pointy headstock and black hardware.


Shure Introduces ADX5D



Shure introduced ADX5D the Axient Digital Dual-Channel Portable Wireless Receiver. You make your living on a sound stage, in a sports arena, or whenever “on location” takes you.

You depend on your wireless system to handle each and every situation with ease. Compatible with all AD series ADX series transmitters, the Axient Digital ADX5D dual-channel wireless receiver delivers superior RF performance, spectral efficiency, and transparent audio quality in a portable, slot-in design,

Sound and performance that the touring industry has adopted as industry standard is now available to audio professionals in film and broadcast. Wireless pinnacle. Now portable.

Product Details:

The dual-channel ADX5D portable wireless receiver sets a new standard in spectral efficiency. Groundbreaking performance features include wide tuning, low latency, and High Density (HD) mode, ensuring solid performance in the most challenging RF environment.

As an Axient Digital ADX Series wireless receiver, and the ADX5D features ShowLink Direct Mode that allows remote control of Axient Digital transmitters without the need of external equipment. Robust RF. Impeccable audio. Axient Digital quality and performance. All in a portable, slot-in design. Premium portable wireless.

Note: When purchasing separate wireless components, please match their frequency bands to ensure proper system operation.

Features:

  • Dual-channel slot-in form wireless receiver
  •  Impeccable audio quality
  •  Wide tuning range up to 184 MHz (region dependent)
  •  High spectral efficiency due to advanced digital modulation
  •  High Density (HD) mode provides even higher spectral efficiency (application dependent)
  •  True digital diversity reception per channel for drop-out resistance and excellent range
  •  Network control with Wireless Workbench software and ShurePlus Channels app
  •  5-segment Channel Quality meters display per-channel RF link quality
  •  ADX series receiver with ShowLink Direct Mode allows remote control of Axient Digital transmitters without the need of external equipment
  •  Party Dial feature enables users to quickly switch between RF channels from a pre-selected group of frequencies
  •  Optimized Menu Structure places the most commonly used features within a few clicks of each other
  •  Aux 3.5mm audio output provide connection to headphones or to a balanced line-level input
  • Accessory Mount with cold shoe adapter (sold separately)
  • Removable antennas with standard SMA connectors
  •  High-resolution OLED display
  •  USB-C port for firmware upgrades
  •  Streamline user interface
  •  Low latency, down to 2 milliseconds

Fujifilm Launches FUJINON Lens GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR



Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of the FUJINON Lens GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR in November 2021. It will be a new addition to the lineup of interchangeable GF lenses designed for GFX series of mirrorless digital cameras, incorporating the large-format sensor, approximately 1.7 times larger than the full-frame 35mm sensor.

The GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR covers the most frequently-used focal length range from 35mm in wide angle to the standard 70mm (equivalent to 28mm-35mm format), producing premium-quality images in a wide variety of situations.

It is the most compact and lightest in the GF zoom lenses to provide excellent portability. The highly portable form factor will broaden the scope of applications for GFX camera systems, including the FUJIFILM GFX50S II mirrorless digital camera.

The new GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR lens has a focal length range from 35mm to 70mm (equivalent to 28mm-55mm in the 35mm format) and high resolution capabilities despite being the most compact and lightest in the GF zoom lenses, weighing approximately 390g and measuring 96.4mm (wide-angle end).

The retractable barrel structure, which stores the lens barrel compactly, reduces the length to 73.9mm when fully collapsed for added portability. It would reduce the physical burden even when used as a walk around lens, enabling casual hand-held shooting for snapshots, landscape photography and portraits. The lens can also take a close-up shot of a subject approximately 25cm from the front-most of the lens to accommodate a broad range of shooting situations such as photography of a meal on a table.

The fast, silent and highly-accurate AF system attains focus on a targeted subject smoothly to capture every photo opportunity. The lens has a dust- and moisture-resistant structure and can operate at temperatures as low as 10° C, which enables users to continue shooting in light rain or dusty place.

Fujifilm has unveiled the updated development roadmap for GF lenses, offering basic specifications for lenses to be added to the lineup including an ultra-wide-angle zoom, a large-diameter standard prime lens and a tilt & shift lens. With the 17-lens lineup presented in the roadmap the covers a wide shooting range, Fujifilm will continue to offer the joy of photography using the GFX Series.


Focusrite Introduces Clarett+



Focusrite has introduced Clarett+, their new range of premium-quality USB audio interfaces for PC and Mac, which builds on the strengths of the previous Clarett ranges. With improved converters and professional quality mic preamps, Clarett+ 2Pre, 4Pre, and 8Pre inspire producers, engineers, and artists to make their best music.

Clarett+ interfaces feature professional quality mic preamps, which have very high headroom, low distortion and ultra-low noise; so exceptionally pure recordings can be captured to achieve a professional sound, whether miking guitars, recording vocals or tracking drums.

Clarett+ 2Pre – Pure Sounding 10-in / 4-out audio interface for the recording artist:

Clarett+2Pre is the audibly impressive, pure-sounding, bus-powered USB-C interface for PC and Mac to inspire musicians on their creative journey.

Features:

  •  Two Clarett+ professional quality mic preamps featuring All-analogue Air with impedance switching and relay control.
  • Two JFET instrument inputs allow the user to plug straight in and preserve the natural tone of their guitar, just like plugging into an amplifier
  •  Independent A-D and D-A converters offer a greatly improved D-A dynamic range and lower A-D converter distortion
  •  Clarett+ 2Pre is expandable using ADAT inputs

Clarett+ 4Pre – Versatile and sonically true 18-in / 8-out audio interface for the complete creator:

Clarett+ 4Pre is the studio-grade audio interface for PC and Mac, designed for music makers who demand the highest quality while recording and mixing their audio creations.

Key features:

  •  Four professional quality Clarett+ preamps featuring All-analogue Air
  •  New and improved A-D and D-A converters, which deliver extremely low noise, distortion, and high dynamic range
  •  Two improved, powerful, transparent analogue headphone outputs
  •  Two dedicated, ultra-high-impedance JFET instrument inputs and extremely wide audio bandwidth
  •  Clarett+ 4Pre is expandable using ADAT optical input

Clarett+ 8Pre – Poweful studio-grade 18-in/20-out audio interface for the established producer:

Clarett+ 8Pre is a high-performance and immensely capable studio centerpiece for PC and Mac, which inspires producers, engineers and artists to create their best work.

Features:

  •  Eight professional quality Clarett+ preamps featuring All-analogue Air, that brings masses of headroom, low distortion, and ultra-low noise
  •  New and improved A-D and D-A converters that deliver extremely low-distortion, low-noise audio with high dynamic range
  •  Two improved, powerful, transparent analogue headphone outputs
  •  Clarett+ 8Pre is expandable with ADAT optical input and output

Spun Drive Effects Introduces Litigator Overdrive Pedal



Spun Drive Effects has introduced the Litigator Overdrive Pedal. The company was founded in Seattle and now handcrafted in Bellingham, Washington. Spun Drive Effects pedals are all analog and use only quality components.

The Litigator was inspired by the blues rock sounds of Britain in the early 1960’s, known to some as the “beano” tone, and to others as the “Bluesbreaker” sound. But don’t be fooled – this is not a clone of Marshall’s famous and often replicated Blusebreaker pedal.

The Litigator is an original, transistor-based design that uses two gain stages to achieve a creamy, sparkly overdrive with an almost fuzz-like character not found in most overdrive pedals. Keep the gain low for just a hint of crunch, or crank it up for a lead-worthy overdriven tone that gets plenty dirty while maintaining note clarity when you strum chords. The pedal also includes a tone control that allows you to cut highs or crank them for that extra sparkle.

Full Features:

  •  Wide gain range from light crunch to screaming overdrive
  •  Ample volume to push a tube amp even at low gain settings
  •  Tone control for cutting highs or adding sparkle
  •  All analog original circuit
  •  Ultra premium soft-click Gorva footswitches
  • High-quality Wurth and WIMA capacitors
  •  Neutrik jacks
  •  True bypass
  •  Runs on standard negative-tip 9V power supply (not included)
  •  Original art designed by Seattle artist Daniel Chesney
  •  Pedals designed and build by hand in Bellingham, Washington

Fujifilm Launches Mirrorless Digital Camera FUJIFILM X-T30 II



Fujifilm is pleased to announce that it will gradually launch FUJIFILM XT30 II in late September 2021. It is a new addition to the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras known for their compact, lightweight body and superior image quality based on the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology.

The X-T30 II renewed the software while inheriting the compact and lightweight camera body, popular with the mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM X-T30, and delivers an advanced level of AF Speed and precision and image quality equivalent to the X Series’ flagship model, FUJIFILM X-T4. The X-T30 II has also evolved from the previous model in terms of hardware, as seen in the use of a high-resolution 1.62-million-dot LCD monitor on the rear panel. It enables comfortable shooting of high-quality stills as well as a full-scale 4K/30p video.

The X-T30 II is a mirrorless digital camera that features a 26.1MP “X-Trans CMOS 4” sensor and a high speed “X-Processor 4” image-processing engine in a compact and lightweight body that weights approximately 378g to produce premium-quality images. The camera offers a fast and accurate AF system that has the focusing speed as fast as 0.02 seconds and also boasts exceptional quality to track a moving subject. It can autofocus even in near darkness conditions at -7.0EV to accurately capture a subject in nightscape photography or indoor photography with low light.

The X-T30 II comes with a total of 18 Film Simulation modes, including “Classic Neg,” ideal for snapshots, and the low-saturation and high contrast “ETERNA Bleach Bypass” which produces impressive atmosphere. The expanded lineup allows users to enjoy a diverse range of color reproduction styles. The algorithm for “AUTO” mode has been updated to easily produce beautiful pictures by automatically identifying the type of shooting scenes and applying the optimum shooting settings.

Furthermore, the camera features functions that deliver smooth 4K/30p video with rich tonality as well as high-speed full-HD video at 240p, and is fitted with a high-resolution 1.62-million-dot-three-inch tilting touchscreen LCD monitor, helping users capture stills and videos alike with ease.


Walrus Audio Released the Eras Five-State Distortion Pedal



Walrus Audio released the Eras Five-State Distortion Pedal. It is priced at $199 or 4 interest-free payments of $49.75 with sezzle.

Eras is a no apologies, high-gain distortion that’s ready to chug, shred, and palm mute with tight response and multiple clipping options. Use the Blend knob at max for a full distortion onslaught or roll back the Blend knob to creatively stack and mix other dirt pedals placed in from of Eras. Great for bassists that want to blend in their dry signal as well. Anywhere you set it, Eras is ready to deliver a diverse world of speaker ripping sounds.

The Eras features a five-position rotary knob that offers the following gain states:

I. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Fastest response, great for palm muting.
II. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Smooth with added compression.
III. Dual clipping with a slight mid-cut and both silicon and LED hard clipping. Rich & full wit added sustain
IV. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Scooped miss, tight response
V. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Rhythmic, warm and full.

Think of each position as a different “flavor” of the pedal. Blend in dry signal or other pedals in combination with the gain states for a near-infinite amount of distortion sounds.

Specs:

The Eras comes in a “transparent red” enclosure color with yellow, cream and black ink. Artwork features a stoic four horned, winged bull illustration by Adam Forster.

9V DC, center negative, 100mA min – 4.77 x 2.9 x 2.3 inches

The use of an isolated power supply is recommended for powering all Walrus Audio Pedals

Daisy chain power supplies are not recommended. Power supply not included.


Fujifilm Launches FUJINON Lens XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR



Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of the “FUJINON Lens XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR” (XF23mmF1.4 LM WR) in November 2021. It will be a new addition to the lineup of interchangeable XF lenses for the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras, known for their compact and lightweight design and outstanding image quality based on Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology.

The XF23mmF.14 R LM WR is a large-diameter wide-angle prime lens with the focal length of 23mm (equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format). This is an upgrade of the current “FUJINON Lens XF23mmF1.4 R” (the previous model), enhancing resolution capabilities and AF speed while maintaining the fast F1.4 maximum aperture. The new model also boasts advanced usability with its dust and weather resistant construction and the capability to operate at temperatures as low as -10° C.

The XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR is a large-diameter wide-angle prime lens that consists of 15 lens elements, including two aspherical elements and three ED elements, in 10 groups, achieving enhanced resolution capabilities over the previous model. The maximum aperture of F1.4 produces shallow depth-of-field. The newly-adopted nine aperture blades also contributes to natural and creamy bokeh. The highly versatile focal length of 23mm makes it an ideal choice for landscape photography and snapshots.

The minimum working distance of about 19cm provides close-up capability and enables a dynamic framing, capturing the main subject in close-up while keeping vast background into the frame. The lens also uses the Inner Focus system, driven by a newly-adopted linear motor, to deliver fast and highly accurate AF, attaining focus in as fast as 0.04 seconds*1 to seize a decisive photo opportunity. It also boasts advanced usability with its dust and weather resistant construction and the capability to operate at temperatures as low as -10°C.

In addition to the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR, Fujifilm has today announced the launch of the FUJINON Lens XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR. Including the FUJINON Lens XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR, launched in May this year, a total of three lenses form a new-generation “large diameter prime” series with high resolution capabilities, catering to future advancement in image sensor resolutions.


Nembrini Audio has Sale on BG Extasy Boutique Amplifier Plugin



Nembrini Audio has a sale on the BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier Plugin. It is usually priced at $137.00, but is on sale now for $39.00. The sale price is valid until September 19, 11:59 PM CEST.

Every now and then, a new classic is born, they come in the shape of a revisited classic or a whole new world with monster tone and myriads of options, with its 3 distinctly voiced channels morphing past, present and future tones.

BG Extasy Boutique Guitar Amplifier is meticulously modeled on the Bogner Ecstasy 101B head guitar amplifier.

Nembrini Audio has carefully reproduced the incredible tone and versatility of this famous boutique guitar amplifier, being one of the most desirable guitar amps on the market today. They have also extended the possibilities of the original hardware thanks to the versatility of the digital world with new features for the maximum control of your tone:

  • 3 channel all tube design
  • Ch 1: gain, bass, middle, treble and volume control
  • Ch 1: position pre eq and gain boost
  • Ch 2: gain, volume and 3 position pre eq
  • Ch 3: gain, volume and 3 position pre eq
  • Ch 2/3: common bass, middle and treble controls
  • Ch 2/3: common gain-structure, gain boost and plexi mode switch
  • Dual assignable presence controls with excursion switches for loose and tight feel
  • A complete recording chain with six selected guitar cab emulations
  • Four of the best mic emulations with positions and distance controls
  • Cleaner circuit to improve your tone
  • Optimized Noise Gate
  • A powerful three-slot Impulse Loader

With BG Extasy Modern Tube Guitar Amplifier it is possible to choose between six different guitar cabinets, four microphone emulations with on/off axis position switch, continuous position and distance knobs.

A complete Mixer section with Solos, Mutes, Pans and Faders allows you to blend together the two microphones with the ambience.

Impulse Loader lets you load up to three third-party impulse responses that you can even blend together using volume, pan, phase, solo and mute controls.