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GoPro Announced HERO10 Cold Weather Battery Free for a Limited Time



GoPro announced that the all-new HERO10 cold weather battery is free for a limited time. To get it, you need to purchase the HERO10 BLACK + New Enduro Battery + 64GB SD Card. The offer includes a 1-year GoPro subscription. This bundle is usually offered at $624.96, but is priced at $399.98 (for a limited time).

2X Speed with Ease

All-out speed and ultimate ease, now in the most powerful GoPro ever. Powered by the revolutionary new GP2 processor, HERO10 Black shoots 5.3K video with double the frame rate, 23MP photos, enhanced low-light performance and game-changing HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization in all modes. On top of that, HERO10 is cloud connected – so the moment you charge it, your footage is automatically uploaded to the cloud.

Add a Mod + Transform HERO10 Into a Creative Powerhouse

  • Max Lens Mod – Max HyperSmooth for unbreakable stabilization and Max SuperView for the widest angle shots
  • Media Mod – Add a directional mic, HDMI port + more
  • Display Mod – Extra-large flip-up screen for framing + vlogging
  • Light Mod – Lightweight, tough, and waterproof
  • Livestream directly from your GoPro in 1080p, now with HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization.

Product Details

  • Includes free SD card and rechargeable battery
  • All-new GP2 processor makes this the most powerful GoPro ever
  • Unreal 5.3K60 + 23 megapixel photos
  • Advanced HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization
  • Waterproof up to 33ft + built tough
  • Automatically upload footage to the cloud when charging
  • TimeWarp 3.0, 8X Slo-Mo + tons of other features to nail any shot
  • Compatible with Quik app
  • Compatible with over 30 mounts + accessories

Spaceman Effects Introduced the Explorer 6 Stage Phaser Pedal



Spaceman Effects introduced the Explorer 6 Stage Phaser pedal. It comes in silver, red, or black, and is priced at $279.00. The Explorer is an optical six stage analog phaser, lovingly handcrafted with Spaceman Effects’ hyper detailed approach to usability and tone. Named after the first satellite put into orbit by the United States in 1958, the Explorer was the first phaser launched by Spaceman.

Years later, Spaceman Effects is pleased to bring you a small form factor reissue of this classic circuit with all the deluxe features of the original. Sometimes liquidly smooth, sometimes chewy and lush, the fluid frequencies squiggle and flourish like the unrelenting ebb and flow of the sonic tide.

Beginning with the VOL control, you can always dial in the perfect volume for your phase tone. The MIX control is one of Spaceman Effects’ favorites, as it gives you the ability to blend in additional dry signal for a pleasant, subtle phasing effect. This control also has a secondary function: pitch modulation when set to 100% wet.

RES adds feedback, which makes for those over-the-top phase tones we all know and love. RANGE offers unique control over the low frequency extension of the phasing. RANGE offers unique control over the low frequency extension of the phasing. At its lower settings, only the higher frequencies are phased – useful for dialing in vibrato and rotary speaker tone. Turning up the RANGE control stretches the phaser’s reach into very low frequencies which is especially great for slow, deep phasing.

Continuing Spaceman Effects tradition of extra functionality, additional wave shapes are accessible by applying power to the Explorer with the footswitch depressed. Three arpeggiated wave shapes, a stepped shape, MW shape, and an inverted manually swept mode offer some of the most bizarre and unprecedented phase tones around.

Explorer Phaser Features

  • All analog signal path
  • 6 stages of optically swept phase shifting
  • Wide range LFO with 5 waveshapes
  • Manually swept filtering abilities
  • Up to 24V capable for high headroom use cases
  • CV/EXP options for even more user control
  • Full featured controls in a compact form factor

Hand-wired and built in Portland, Oregon, the Explorer Phaser features true-bypass relay switching with a soft touch foot switch. On top of the cast-aluminum enclosure sits a durable, engraved vinyl faceplate and jewel indicator light. This pedal is built to last a lifetime, both on Earth or in the vacuum of space.


HyperX Unveiled World’s First 300-Hour Wireless Gaming Headset at CES 2022



HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, announced new additions to its award-winning gaming accessories lineup at CES 2022. Underscoring its commitment to support wireless gaming needs, the latest HyperX products include the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless gaming headset with up to 300 hours of batter life, HyperX Clutch wireless gaming controller and Pulsefire Haste wireless gaming mouse.

In addition to wireless peripherals, HyperX also introduced Alloy Origins 65 mechanical gaming keyboard with HyperX Red and Aqua mechanical switches, Cloud II gaming headset in a new white and pink colorway, and Cloud Core headset with DTS Headphone:X audio.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Gaming Headset: Cloud Alpha Wireless offers the longest-lasting battery in a wireless gaming headset with up to 300 hours of battery life on a single charge. The headset provides an immersive audio experience with DTS Headphone:X and utilizes new-and-improved, custom-designed Dual Chamber Technology and HyperX 50mm Drivers the feature a slimmer, lighter design while maintaining the sound and performance of the original wired version. Cloud Alpha Wireless provides signature Hyper X comfort with soft, pliable leatherette and custom plush memory foam, and a durable aluminum frame for long-lasting durability and stability. The headset features a detachable noise-cancelling mic with LED status indicator and onboard audio controls on the ear cup. Pricing and expected availability in February at $199.99.

HyperX Clutch Wireless Gaming Controller: For improved mobile gaming control, HyperX Clutch wireless controller offers a familiar controller layout and comfortable textured controller grips to enhance in-game performance. It provides wireless support for Android mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.2 or a 2.4GHz wireless receiver. A USB-C to USB-A cable is included as a wired connection to PC for gaming, allowing users to take full advantage of gaming on the cloud via multiple devices. The Clutch wireless controller includes s detachable and adjustable mobile phone clip that expands from 41mm to 86mm and comes equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery offering up to 19 hours of battery life on a single charge. Pricing and availability in March at $49.99.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless Gaming Mouse: Pulsefire Haste wireless mouse utilizes an ultra-light honeycomb hex shell design that offers quicker movements and increased ventilation. The mouse offers gaming-grade wireless technology with a low latency wireless connection that operates on reliable 2.4GHz frequency and features long-lasting battery life with up to 100 hours on a single charge. Pulsefire Haste wireless mouse features six programmable buttons with onboard memory and uses TTC Golden micro rustproof switches rated for up to 80 million clicks. The mouse is also anti-dust and features a water-resistant IP55 rating. Built with low-friction, pure virgin-grade PTFE skates for effortless glide movement, Pulsefire Haste includes grip tape for both sides of the mouse as well as the left and right mouse buttons, and includes a replacement set of PTFE skates. The mouse is customizable with HyperX INGENUITY software an allows users to personalize DPI settings, RGB lighting, button assignments, and record macros. Pricing and expected availability in February at $79.99.


Orange Amps Introduces The Guitar Butler



Orange Amps introduced The Guitar Butler. Your tone is served! The Guitar Butler Dual Channel Guitar Pre was tailored to provide comprehensive, exceptional service to your signal chain. As a standalone unit or part of a larger rig, allow the Guitar Butler to manage your tonal affairs.

The Guitar Butler is perfect for guitarists who are looking to get their preamp tones from their pedalboard, running straight into either a power amp/speaker cabinet combination or directly into a PA system.

Switchable Channels:

A vintage voiced pedal-friendly Clean Channel makes it easy to put pedals up front whilst the wide-ranging E.Q. allows for precise control. Adding warmth to humbuckers and sparkle to single coils.

The Dirty Channel with its JFET circuitry behaves like a valve amp resulting in a classic overdrive channel without any digital distortion. Push the volume for a dynamic feel only usually found in valve rectifiers with dual footswitchable volume controls to help you cut through the mix.

Connectivity:

With the Buffered FX loop you can add effects like modulation, delay and reverb after the preamp.

Features:

Clean Channel: gain and 3 band EQ controls

Dirty Channel: gain, 3 band EQ, Volume 1, Volume 2 and presence controls

1/4” input jack socket input

Buffered FX loop

Amp Out: 1/4” Output Jack Socket with no cab Sim

XLR Balanced Out with cab Sim

Ground lift switch

Power: 18V (power supply included)

Unboxed Dimensions: 17.7 x 6.7 x 15.5 CM (7 x 2.64 x 6.1”)

Unboxed Weight: 1.3 kg (2.87 lb)


The New Leica M11 – A Legend Reinvented



The new Leica M11 combines the experience of traditional rangefinder photography with contemporary camera technology, delivering a maximum of flexibility to every photographer. Featuring an exclusive triple resolution sensor, expanded ISO range, dual memory, extended battery life and a streamlined and intuitive menu system, the Leica M11 represents a new benchmark in digital photography and the most flexible M-System camera in Leica’s storied history.

At the heart of the new Leica M11 is a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology. Raw image files in DNG format and JPEGs can be recorded at 60, 36, or 18 megapixels, always using the full sensor area. The 60-megapixel options delivers unprecedented image quality and detail resolution, exploiting the full optical potential of Leica’s latest APO Lenses for the M-System – whereas the lower resolutions enable faster camera performance, extended burst lengths, and smaller files.

A special IR + UV cut filter – comprising of two extremely thin, cemented layers of glass – achieve an especially effective correction of even the most oblique rays of incident light. Thanks to a new color filter array, the camera also offers an improved, more natural color reproduction.

While maintaining the iconic look of a traditional Leica M, the carefully optimized design of the Leica M11 is focused on efficiency and ergonomics. The controls have been arranged in a unique layout around the new, 2.3 million pixels, high-resolution touchscreen. The menu structure of the M11 remains consistent with that of the Leica SL2 and Q2, unifying the acclaimed interface for a more user-friendly experience.

The Leica M11 has a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 50,000; it records a 14-bit color depth and has a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. With its Maestro III processor, the Leica M 11 offers a fluid and responsive operation, even at the highest resolution and image quality. With the optional electronic shutter featuring a shutter speed of up to 1 / 16000 of a second, photographers are empowered to work with wide open apertures, in bright light – without ND filters. The M11 marks the first time multi-field metering in rangefinder mode will be available, affording photographers a valuable tool to curate light.

The black-finish variant of the Leica M11 features a top plate made of high-quality aluminum with an especially scratch-resistant coating, resulting in a body that is approximately 20% (100 grams) lighter than its silver-chrome counterpart. By comparison, the silver chrome M11 feature a classic brass top plate and weighs in at 640 grams.

Unique to the M11 is the deliberate omission of the traditional base plate, offering photographers easy direct access to the battery and SD card. In addition to the SD card slot, the Leica M11 is equipped with a generous internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes. As a result, the M11 is the first M model to save image files simultaneously onto two different storage media. The 1800mAh battery stores 64% more energy than before, and combined with the camera’s more efficient operation, allows for considerably longer shooting sessions with a single charge. In addition, the newly added universal USB-C port also serves to charge the camera’s battery, using most USB-C chargers.

Upgraded connectivity features of the Leica M11 will be available through a new firmware version in the second half of 2022. This will enable the new M11’s advanced connectivity capabilities that will elevate users’ mobile workflows and enhance the Leica FOTOS app with the possibility to embed location data, access images via Bluetooth connection, and allow increased transfer rates. Moreover, the Leica M11 is already an Apple “Made for iPhone and iPad” certified accessory and as such, offers unique abilities with the included Leica FOTOS cable.


Catalinbread Announces CB Tap (External Tap for Belle Epoch Deluxe)



CatalinBread announced the CB Tap. It is their external tap tempo mechanism that was built to connect to their Belle Epoch Deluxe. The CB Tap not only adds tap functionality to the Belle Epoch Deluxe, but also connects to anything with a tap-tempo out (excluding BOSS pedals and other non normally-open taps).

The CB Tap comes with a Catalinbread-branded six-inch 1/4” TRS patch cable to connect it to whichever pedal you decide to use.

To use the CB Tap with the Belle Epoch Deluxe: Plug one end of the 1/4” TRS cable into the expression output of the Deluxe and the other end into the “DLX” input of the CB Tap, then start tapping and the LED indicator will follow along.

To use CB Tap with another pedal (even simultaneously as the Deluxe): Plug one end of the 1/4” TRS cable into any non-BOSS pedal’s tap out and plug the other end into the “Tap” input of the CB Tap, then start tapping. The LED indicator will not light up when using non Deluxe pedals.

The CB Tap will set a delay time which can then be multiplied into uniform subdivisions by adjusting the “Echo Delay” knob.

One caveat to note is that the CB Tap will not tap anything outside of the Belle Epoch Deluxe’s delay range. For example, it will not tap slower than 800ms. This caveat only applies when tapping the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

The CB Tap is priced at $65.00. Catalinbread offers free domestic shipping and a 3-year warranty. Shipping times are slower than expected, due to COVID-19.


Walrus Audio Announced Slötvå Multi Texture Reverb



The Slötvå Multi Texture Reverb is a variant of the Slö but adds on the ability to create and save three presets. Save your favorite dreamscapes by simultaneously pressing and holding down on the bypass and sustain switches. Scroll through them by simultaneously pressing and releasing bypass and sustain.

The Slötvå allows players to create lush, modulated, sleepy and ambient soundscapes. Stocked with three different algorithms specifically designed to involve textures for brining dreams from your subconscious to reality.

The toggle switch allows three different reverb modes, Dark (Lower Octave), Rise (Ambient Swell), and Dream (Latching Pad), while secondary functions on the switch change between different wave shapes for the modulation on the reverb trail.

Algorithms:

DARK – Add a lower active to your reverb trail. Here you’ll create deep and wide atmospheric sounds and channel nightmarish soundscapes. X knob sets the level a -1 octave signal that feeds the reverb.

RISE – This is an auto-swell reverb for beautiful cinematic swells. Don’t rush it. Let it breathe and gently wake up. X knob sets the amount of time it takes the reverb to swell in after a note is played. Set lower for shorter times and higher for longer rise times.

DREAM – Lush reverb with a latching pad function. Press the sustain switch to latch signal. Experiment with the X know to add vibrato over the pad. Press sustain again and the pad will decrescendo according to where the decay knob is set. X knob sets the depth of vibrato applied to the reverb trail.

The Slötvå also features 3 different wave shapes accessible by holding down bypass while switching the algorithm toggle.

The Slötvå also features 3 different wave shapes accessible by holding down bypass while switching the algorithm toggle.

SINE – Smooth and even pitch up and down modulation.

WARP – Asymmetric pitch up modulation similar to a warped record.

SINK – Asymmetric pitch down modulation for sinking detune similar to a Bigsby.

Momentary Functions:

Bypass: When the switch is in the off position, press and hold to temporarily activate the effect to add a moment of reverb texture. Releasing the switch turns the effect off, and it fades out.

Sustain: When pressed, the decay switch ramps up the reverb trail to maximum creating a long dreamy reverb trail, and then ramps back down to the decay knob and setting when released. In the “Dream” algorithm, the sustain switch is latching. Patch it once to capture and sustain the current reverb decay for the extremely long pad-like sounds. Press it again to let the reverb trail taper off, based on the position of the decay knob.


PreSonus Studio One 5.5 Update Delivers New Mastering Tools



PreSonus has released Studio One 5.5, a major update to its award-winning recording and production software (DAW). Studio One 5.5 adds improvements for production, performance, and especially mastering. The first and still only DAW with an integrated mastering environment, Studio One 5.5’s Project page is now even more powerful.

The number one user feature request for the Project Page is now available. With Studio One 5.5, the Project Page now provides full track volume, master volume and insert-effects plug-in parameter automation. Write automation in real-time, using a mouse or hardware controller, or by using the powerful Paint Tool. Clip Gain Envelopes have also been added to the Project Page, enabling you to precisely fix gain issues while mastering, without using dynamics plug-ins. Use the new ListenBus on the Project Page to monitor through your favorite room-correction plug-ins or headphone monitoring tools without affecting the Master output. Free up processing power for complex mastering chains without losing the ability to make adjustments later using Track Transform. It’s all new in Studio One 5.5 Professional.

Studio One Professional’s powerful Digital Release publishing feature now provides the ability to export multiple formats at once so you can export your mastered session for high-resolution releases and streaming services at the same time. The new Target Loudness options let you set target values for loudness and true peak during export – or choose from presets for every popular streaming service to take the guesswork out of preparing your latest release. A new, proprietary, custom-designed dithering algorithm minimizes conversion artifacts and preserves low-level signals when preparing your high-resolution audio for streaming.

Studio One 5.5 also introduces production and performance features. Any MIDI file can now be dragged directly to the Chord Track to extract its chords – and only Studio One’s chord detection works with Audio Events and Instrument Parts. You can now create a strum pattern manually by dragging note events in a selected chord while holding modifier keys. PreSonus’ Ampire XT guitar amp/cabinet/pedalboard plug-in, available in Studio One 5.5, adds faster preset switching optimized for the Show Page, so you can trigger Ampire presets from a MIDI pedalboard during a live performance without missing a beat.

Other improvements include saving automation with mix screens, so you can experiment with multiple automation passes without losing work. The powerful Plug-in Nap feature introduced in version 5.4 is now available on a per plug-in basis, providing even more optimization control. Improvements have also been added for PreSonus ATOM-series controllers with Impact XT and SampleOne XT. Studio One 5.5 is a free update for registered Studio One 5.5 users and included in PreSonus Sphere membership.


Fender Custom Shop Announced Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster Guitar



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the global launch of the Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster, honoring the legendary “Chicago” guitar player’s legacy with a collectible, limited run guitar created by the esteemed Fender Custom Shop.

The ‘Shop’ is distinctly honored to pay tribute to such an acclaimed pioneer by recreating Kath’s custom Telecaster guitar – which was played throughout his live performances with Chicago and truly embodied the notion of “custom” long before the Fender Custom Shop was founded. Master Builder Dennis Galuzka has replicated the guitar in exacting, every scratch-for-scratch detail, from the Pignose stickers to the gaff-tape-sealed rear body route and every other custom element. With up to 50 units made worldwide, the Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster is a guitar for the ages, and a meticulously crafted homage to one of the true guitar greats of our time.

The late Terry Kath has been praised by fans and guitar greats alike for his brilliance as an absolute playing powerhouse. Kath, who Jimi Hendrix once cited as his favorite guitarist, fused sophisticated songwriting ability with his soulful vocals to launch Chicago Transit Authority in 1967. The band shortened its name to Chicago in 1969, achieving worldwide success and 2016 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A consummate innovator, Kath created mind-blowing, never-before-heard guitar tones by experimenting with unorthodox guitar/amp configurations. His instinctive command of his completely original tone is heard on memorable tracks such as “25 or 6-to-4”, “Free Form Guitar”, “Introduction” and others.

His main axe – the one with which he is most identified, and which accompanied him on the journey to cult-status – is a most unusual 1966 Telecaster guitar, completely customized and plastered with stickers. Kath was so attached to the guitar that he’d buy a seat just for the instrument when traveling by air, rather than entrusting it to airline baggage handlers or even Chicago’s road crew.

The Tele guitar was an amalgamation of highly personalized modifications, including a synchronized Strat guitar tremelo with a sawed-off Tele guitar bridge plate, a humbucking neck pickup, custom body routes, a reverse control plate, custom tuning machines and three “wing” string trees. Adorned with Pignose stickers and other intricately placed regalia, the guitar has become legendary in of itself and is synonymous with Kath and his enduring musical legacy.

“This moment has been a long time coming,” said Michele Kath Sinclair, Terry’s daughter. “When we were making the documentary about my dad (Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience), we didn’t know where the guitar was, so the film almost became a hunt for this Telecaster guitar. We finally found it at my grandpa’s house; he labeled all of the guitar cases and this one said “Terry’s Favorite”. Finding this guitar meant everything to me because it feels like I have a piece of him with me that’s so iconic.”

The Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster is offered in Aged Vintage White with a lacquer finish and custom elements, like Pignose stickers and other intricately placed regalia.


RØDE Introduces the VideoMic GO II



RØDE introduced the VideoMic GO II. It is the latest addition to RØDE’s legendary range of on-camera shotgun microphones. Packed with innovative features for today’s content creators, including compatibility with cameras, smartphones, tablets and computers, the VideoMic GO II is an ultra-lightweight and compact shotgun microphone that offers superb sound quality while being super easy to use.

Lightweight Directional Microphone

The VideoMic GO II is designed to make capturing incredible audio incredibly easy. Ultra-lightweight and compact, with powerful features that are simple to use, it is perfect for all forms of content creations with a camera, smartphone or tablet, or computer. It’s time to take your content to the next level.

Key Features:

  • Broadcast-quality compact shotgun microphone
  • Ultra-lightweight (just 89 grams)
  • No battery required and no complicated switching – incredibly easy to use
  • 3.5mm TRS output for use with cameras
  • USB output for use with mobile devices (iOS and Android) and computers (macOS and Windows)
  • Compatible with RØDE apps for accessing advanced features, powerful audio processing and studio-quality recording on any device

Incredible Sound with Ease

You don’t need to be an audio expert to get incredible sound. The VideoMic GO II does all the hard work for you. Featuring the same annular line tube technology as RØDE’s VideoMic NTG and NTG5 microphones, it delivers rich, full-bodied audio that is perfect for a wide range of recording applications. It is a highly directional microphone, meaning it focuses on what you have it pointed at while reducing background noise, giving you crystal-clear, professional sound with ease.

The VideoMic GO II also comes with a high-quality windshield for capturing clean recordings outdoors and reducing plosives, plus a professional shock mount for superior absorption of handling noise.

Find more information on the RØDE website.