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Neumann Introduces the V 402 Preamp



German studio specialist Neuman.Berlin introduces the V 402, a state-of-the-art microphone preamplifier with integrated headphone monitoring.

The V 402 is Neumann’s first-ever stand-alone microphone preamp – although the company has created several generations of top-quality preamp modules for its mixing consoles, such as the now legendary V 476 B of the 1980’s. Like its predecessors, the 402 preamplifier is conceived as the perfect complement to all Neumann and other high-class studio microphones.

“All Neumann microphones, classics as well as current models, have highly unique sound characteristics”, explains Ralf Oehl, the Berlin company’s new CEO. “Finding a preamplifier with the matching uncompromised sound fidelity wasn’t always easy – until now! The V 402 provides the ideal signal path for all Neumann microphones because it is free from any coloration whatsoever. No artificial additives could make the sound of a Neumann U 47 or U 87 more desirable than it already is. Perfection cannot be perfected!”

The V 402 is a dual channel microphone preamplifier carefully designed to maintain the sonic integrity of the original signal. Its unique transformerless circuitry amplifies the microphone signal without unwanted coloration or sonic artifacts, such as noise and distortion. While this is also often claimed for simple preamps such as those in audio interfaces, the V 402 is built to much higher standards.

“It took an elaborate development process with extensive series of measurements and critical listening tests to create a preamplifier worthy of the Neumann name,” comments Portfolio Manager Sebastian Schmitz. “And we’ve included the monitoring side, too. The V 402 establishes a fully transparent signal chain extending from the microphone all the way to the engineer’s ear. Finding the best microphone position has never been easier.”

The V 402 is equipped with a studio grade headphone amplifier ensuring uncompromised monitoring quality at the recording stage. Independent volume controls for each channel allow to dial in a latency-free monitoring mix without affecting the recorded signal.

As a true Neumann product, the V 402 is characterized by exacting attention to every detail. For example, the DI input is also designed for sonic purity. Its novel high-impedance input stage captures the sound of electric guitars and basses as well as other instruments with no loss of detail and free from audible noise.

Its switchable high pass removes rumble and pops very effectively without signal degradation. A 20-dB pad allows the V 402 to be used with high-level sources up to 28 dBu without distortion.The V 402 comes in a 2U 19” rack enclosure measuring 89 mm x 483 mm x 242 mm.

Delivery starts in July 2020; the MSRP is $2,899.00 USD.


Fujifilm Releases FUJINON Lens GF30mmF3.5 WR



Fijifilm Corporation is pleased to announce that it will release the wide-angle prime lens “FUJINON Lens GF30mmF3.5 WR” in late July 2020. It will be a new addition to the lineup of interchangeable GF lenses designed for the GFX Series of mirrorless digital cameras, incorporation the large format sensor, about 1.7 times larger than full-frame 35mm sensor.

The GF30mmF3.5 R WR lens, the 12th GF lens in its lineup, has the maximum aperture of F3.5 and the focal length of 30mm (equivalent to 24mm in the 35mm film format). It realizes ultra-high resolution that captures images in finest detail and compact design that offers excellent portability. Users can carry it everywhere with ease to take high-quality pictures, making it a perfect choice for snapshots in streets and landscape photography at travel destinations.

GF lenses are Fujifilm’s highest-grade lenses that deliver ultra-high resolution performance and wide tonal reproduction. GF lenses use Fujifilm’s exceptional optical design technology and production technology that processes lens surfaces with the precision at a submicron level, fostered through the development of FUJINON Lenses. When mounted on the FUJIFILM GFX100, released in June last year, GF lenses bring out the full performance of its 102MP image sensor, delivering high-quality imagery previously unheard of in the industries by utilizing Fujifilm’s unparalleled color reproduction technology.

The new GF30mmF3.5 R WR lens is optically designed with 13 lens elements in 10 groups, including two aspherical elements and two ED elements to control spherical aberration and chromatic aberration achieving astonishing image sharpness. Its compact design, weighing just 510g and measuring 99.4mm in length, provides excellent portability. In addition, the lens is dust and weather resistant and capable of operation in temperatures down to -10°C, facilitating photography in light rain or in dusty outdoor areas.

These features make GF30mmF3.5 R WR highly reliable equipment suitable for professional photographers. The use of the Inner Focus system enables fast, quiet and highly accurate autofocus (AF). The design also reduces focus breathing to just 0.05%, making the lens perfect for shooting both stills and video.


Sony Electronics Grows Lens Line-up with Launch of 12-24mm Lens Master



Sony Electronics announced an exciting new addition to its full-frame line-up with the introduction of the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM (model SEL1224GM) Large-aperture Ultra-wide Zoom lens.

This compact and versatile lens is ideal for shooting landscapes, astrophotography and architecture while providing extra mobility for active sports shooters who want to capture ultra-wide perspectives. As part of Sony’s flagship G Master series lenses, users can be completely confident that it delivers outstanding image quality up to an ultra-wide 12mm angle of view with F2.8 constant aperture and beautiful bokeh effects.

The introduction of the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM now extends the F2.8 range of Sony’s G Master series zoom lenses all the way from 12mm to 200mmii and at 12mm, offers the world’s widest range of zoom at F2.8. At this focal length, it is possible to emphasize distance and create dynamic perspectives that are beyond the scope of the human eye, opening the door to new avenues of creative expression.

The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM benefits from innovative construction that delivers outstanding corner-to-corner image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It features three precise XA (extreme aspherical) elements including the largest XA element ever made for an α – Alpha brand lens. These XA elements, with an additional aspherical element, effectively suppress astigmatism, coma and field curvature right out to the image edges. Furthermore, three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements plus two Super ED glass elements, powerfully control chromatic aberration and combine to deliver corner-to-corner clarity while minimizing color fringing.

An extremely effective floating focus mechanism divides the lens’s focus group into two independently controllable groups, ensuring both outstanding close-up performance and maximum sharpness at any distance. The two independently controlled groups help realize a constant 11″ (28 cm) minimum focusing distance throughout the zoom range, and because it is an internal focus lens, its length remains constant, so its center of gravity varies very little and is always optimally balanced in the hand.

The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM employs four original high-speed, high-thrust XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors to ensure that it is compatible with the speed performance of both current and future camera bodies. With two XD Linear Motors for each of the lens’s focus groups, autofocus is fast and precise. New control algorithms maximize the response of the system while achieving flawless synchronization between the two focus groups. Further benefits include extremely quiet operation with minimal vibration and lower power consumption.

A brand-new Nano AR Coating II that can be evenly applied to large lens elements or highly curved element surfaces has been used for the first time on the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM. It suppresses internal reflections, minimizes flare and ghosting for clear, crisp imagery and despite the lens’s wide angle of view, Nano AR Coating II maintains high clarity and contrast throughout the entire image, even in difficult light.

The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM is available in in August 2020 for a suggested retail price of $2,999.99 USD and $3,999.99 CAD.


Jackson Announces Upgrades to Adrian Smith Signature USA Models



Jackson announced the refresh of Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith’s signature lineup with a key upgrade to both the USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas® SD and USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SDM models.

Iron Maiden is one of the most successful and influential metal bands ever, and Adrian Smith’s molten yet melodic guitar work has long been a driving force behind their distinctive and dynamic sound. With timeless songwriting and thrilling live performances, Maiden continues to record, tour internationally and rock stadiums everywhere with electrifying prowess and unwavering heavy metal passion.

Designed for Smith’s demanding studio and live needs, the USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas® SD and USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SDM feature a resonant, lightweight alder body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a hand-rubbed urethane back finish for smooth playability and a pair of graphite-reinforcement rods that refuse to budge, no matter the environmental stress it’s exposed to. Featuring 22 jumbo frets and dot inlays, the 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard is the ideal platform for heavy chording and fast, ripping solos.

Considering Iron Maiden’s relentless touring regiment, Smith wished to update these models with a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel to make neck relief tweaks much more convenient.

“The nice thing is I pick one of these guitars out of the box and it’s like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans,” said Smith. “Right away, I am totally comfortable with it, but it has the new feature of the adjustable truss rod thumbwheel so instead of having to take the neck off, you can just adjust it, which is a great feature.”

A DiMarzio® Super Distortion® DP100 humbucker in the bridge adds the perfect blend of power and tone, with thick, boosted mids, big lows and fat highs, while Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Single-Coil Strat® middle and neck pickups deliver authentic, noise-free Stratocaster® snap with incredible dynamic and magnetic response. A five-way blade selector switch along with single volume and tone controls open up endless tonal possibilities, while the Floyd Rose® Original double-locking tremolo system keeps the guitar in tune through the roughest playing, set after set.

“I’m really sensitive about tuning,” said Smith. “I drive everyone crazy when we are recording because if it isn’t dead in tune it upsets me but with the locking trems and everything else, it sort of answered my prayers because it meant I could play a whole show with the same guitar and keep perfectly in tune.”

Groomed for high performance, these signature axes are wrapped in a classic Snow White finish with a licensed Fender® Strat headstock and black hardware. The SDM features a maple fingerboard and black pickguard, while the SD features an ebony fingerboard and white pickguard.

For more information and to find an authorized Jackson dealer, visit www.jacksonguitars.com.


Gretch Expands Electromatic and Streamliner Collections



Gretch expands its Electromatic Collection with new finishes for G5655TG Electromatic® Center Block Jr. Single-Cut with Bigsby® and Gold Hardware, G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Single-Cut with V-Stoptail, G5230T Electromatic® Jet™ FT Single-Cut with Bigsby® and G5230LH Electromatic® Jet™ FT Single-Cut with V-Stoptail. Gretsch also debuts today the all-new G2655TG-P90 Limited Edition Streamliner™ Center Block Jr. with Bigsby® and Gold Hardware.

Alive and loud, Electromatic Center Block Jr. guitars are designed for that pure and powerful Gretch sound at high volume. Painstakingly crafted with essential Gretch sound, style and playability, these all-new models deliver the fearless and electrifying authenticity that has set Gretch apart for decades. It’s the sound of honor itself-play proud.

Available in all new Aspen Green and Black Gold finishes, the G5655TG Electromatic® Center Block Jr. Single-Cut with Bigsby® and Gold Hardware features a smaller-sized body with a chambered spruce center block for dynamic resonance, high gain power and lightweight comfort.

Offering excellent playability, the 12”-radius laurel fingerboard hosts 22 medium jumbo frets and NeoClassic™ thumbnail inlays. Its dual Black Top Broad’Tron™ humbucking pickups deliver bold, dynamic and articulate tone with enhanced sonic punch.

Othe features include a Bigsby® B70 vibrato tailpiece, anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and G-arrow knobs.

Sophisticated and sensible, Electromatic® Jet™ BT models are the perfect real, pure and powerful Gretsch® instruments. They are the next-step Gretsch—bold, dynamic and articulate, and crafted with essential Gretsch sound, style and playability.
 
Available in a brilliant Firestick Red with silver pickguard and chrome hardware, the G5220 Electromatic Jet BT Single-Cut with V-Stoptail delivers Broad’Tron™ power with classic Jet clarity. At the heart of each Electromatic Jet BT is a chambered mahogany body with maple top that produces a rich, present mid-range that accentuates big lows and shimmering highs.

A pair of Black Top Broad’Tron pickups drive the chambered mahogany body with maple top through thick, aggressive overdrive while maintaining astounding definition and note balance suitable for the most pristine clean tone.

The G5230T Electromatic® Jet™ FT Single-Cut with Bigsby® is now offered in a Cadillac Green finish with silver pickguard, while the G5230LH Electromatic® Jet™ FT Single-Cut with V-Stoptail now comes in an Airline Silver finish with black pickguard. 
 
Classic Jet tone begins with a chambered mahogany body with maple top that produces full lows and mids with an exceptionally smooth and present high end. The result is a deep acoustic foundation that is robust, yet balanced.

Black Top Filter’Tron pickups amplify and accentuate the Electromatic Jet FT’s chambered body to produce a wide, balanced and transparent tone. Loud and punchy, this Jet sounds out with remarkable definition at any level of gain. Together, the body and pickups thunder with full, responsive lows and mids with a high end that sparkles without spikes.
 
All Electromatic Jet models are also equipped with essential features for complete tonal control. The combination of individual pickup volume controls, master tone and master volume with treble bleed circuit provides intuitive global control over the pickup and tone settings.

Available in a distinct Matte Black finish, the impressively affordable G2655TG-P90 Limited Edition Streamliner™ Center Block Jr. with Bigsby® and Gold Hardware is designed for three simple things—high gain-friendly performance, slick, easy playability and spectacular style.

A sleek double-cutaway music machine, the G2655TG-P90 delivers the perfect arsenal of fat P90 thump with Broad’Tron girth and grit.

The secret to the G2655TG-P90 sound is threefold—the P90 neck pickup, the Broad’Tron™ bridge pickup and the spruce center block. The single-coil P90 Soap Bar neck pickup spawns a brighter and more transparent tone than a traditional humbucker, yet retains a thick midrange for a unique, muscular tone while the BT-2S Broad’Tron™ bridge pickup punches through with clear yet driving mids and lows.

These pickups reproduce the open richness of a lightweight, chambered spruce center block that provides astounding tone while minimizing unwanted feedback.


NEP Group Adds Canon Lenses to their Broadcast Lineup



Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that the Pittsburgh, PA-based NEP Group has added UHD-DIGISUPER 111 and UHD-DIGISUPER 122 4K field box zoom lenses to their already robust lineup of Canon broadcast equipment. NEP Group helps to produce and broadcast some of the largest and most-watched live sporting and entertainment events across the United States and the globe. The newly acquired Canon 4K field box zoom lenses will help NEP continue to meet the ever-expanding demand for high-quality content in the world of television broadcasting.

For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide, outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, and productions in 88 countries. The company’s services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audiovisual solutions, host broadcast support, post-production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout, and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 4,000 plus employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation.

Canon’s flagship 4K field box zoom broadcast lens, the UHD-DIGISUPER 122, offers a spectacular focal range from 8.2 mm at the wide end to 1000 mm at the telephoto end, for a zoom ratio of 122x. The UHD-DIGISUPER 111 features a 111x zoom ratio and a focal-length range of 8.3 mm to 925 mm. Both lenses deliver the ability to record high-resolution and high-contrast video from the center to peripheral areas of the imaging field. Additionally, both lenses are the first Canon 4K field box zoom lenses to feature Canon’s proprietary Air Sphere Coating (ASC), resulting in reduced flaring and ghosting compared to previous lens coatings. ASC coating enhances the High Dynamic Range (HDR)[i] of the lenses, providing more natural and vivid tonality, which is becoming more in-demand for broadcast productions. New optical coatings also help to shape the lens spectral response to enhance Wide Color Gamut (WCG).


Enter the HOFA Song Contest 2020



HOFA has announced that you can now enter the HOFA Song Contest 2020. The contest started on June 1, 2020, and the closing date for entries will be on August 3, 2020. Your song might be a winner!

For the fifth time now, the international online competition for musicians and music producers is opening its doors. Mobilize your fan base for the user voting and convince the HOFA jury of your skills. The participation is free of charge!

The HOFA Song Contest is open to artists from every genre. We will make your talent heard, provide you with a stage for your music – and offer the chance to win attractive cash and non-cash prizes with a total value of over €20,000.

You are allowed to upload one song that is written by you and/or your band, for whose publication you have the agreement of all involved persons, that is not registered at the GEMA or similar collection societies. Lyrics are not mandatory, but mere playbacks or beats without rap parts cannot take part.

Genres include: Pop, Electronic Music, Hip-Hop/Soul/R’n’B, Rock & Heavy, Traditional & Folk, and World and other genres.

Winners are determined out of the Top 20 of in the online voting in the main 6 categories. Depending on the genre, they pay attention to sound selection, songwriting, lyrics, musical performance, mix & mastering, sound quality and distinctive features. In addition, all songs are listened to and evaluated in order to determine the awardees of the special prizes.

The main prize is 500 €. This will be presented to the winner in each of the 6 main categories. There are also prizes from Steinberg, Native Instruments, Ableton, Adam Audio, Focusrite, Novation, Shure, Sommer Cable, Sonarworks, ToonTrack, and Vengeance.


Line 6 has a Summer Software Sale



Line 6 is having a Summer Software Sale. The sale ends on July 12, 2020, at 11:59pm PST.

Save up to 30% on all plug-ins and model packs during our sun-sational Summer Software Sale – including Helix Native, Echo Farm, Amp Farm, POD Farm and all Model Packs. Now’s the time to supercharge your tones and studio productions with these powerful guitar and effects plug-ins. But don’t delay. Sale ends July 12, 2020.

Use the coupon code SUMMER30 in your shopping cart and save 30% on all software and model packs.

Helix Native offers the authentic vintage and modern amps, cabs, mics, and effects – plus extensive signal routing functionality and an easy-to-use interface. Whether you’re a guitarist, producer, engineer, sound designer, film/TV/game composer, or electronic musician, the Helix Native plug-in is perfect for creating new and exciting sounds.

Echo Farm 3.0 brings a legendary collection of vintage delay and echo effects to your studio with Echo Farm 3.0. Now supporting 64-bit AU and VST plug-in formats in addition to AAX, Echo Farm works with any DAW. Echo Farm 3.0 features models based on vintage hardware units such as the Roland RE-101, Space Echo, Boss DM-2, Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, TC Electronic 2290, and Maestro Echoplexes, plus Line 6 originals.

Amp Farm brings a virtual warehouse of amps and speaker cabs to every session with the Amp Farm 4.0 Native plug-in. Now supporting 64-bit AU, VST, and AAX formats, the Amp Farm plug-in works with any DAW. Featuring models based on classic amplifiers from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa/Boogie, Soldano, and many more.

POD Farm 2.5 is a premium guitar tone plug-in that features vintage and modern amps, cabs, classic stompboxes, colorful preamps, and more.


iZotope Introduces Stutter Edit 2



iZotope has introduced Stutter Edit 2. It was created in collaboration with award-winning producer and music technologist BT.

Stutter Edit 2 is now available! With hundreds of professionally designed presets, ear-popping new effects, and an innovative new workflow, Stutter Edit 2 offers near-infinite creative possibilities for your music.

Stutter Edit 2 lets you create the famous “stutter” edit effect at the touch of a button and take your productions from good to great with sweeping transitions and effortless movement.

You can get Stutter Edit 2 for only $88 or as part of the upgraded Creative Suite 2 for only $199.


Why Stutter Edit 2?

  • “New” Auto Mode: Use the new Auto mode to instantly fire off your effects with one button. Get great sounds out of the box and get creative quickly, no setup required.
  • “New” Effects Modules: New Reverb, Comb, and Chorus modules join a suite of 11 insane effects that you can move in time with your mix. Combine your stutter edits with aggressive distortion, auto-pan effects, pitch-bent reverb, and more.
  • “New” Curve Editor: Click on any slider in Stutter Edit 2 to edit its unique curve. Control the timing of your pans, stutters, gates, and distortions, and more to create truly mind-bending effects. Every parameter is your playground!

Line 6 has Special Offer on HX Effects



Line 6 has a special offer on HX Effects. The offer is valid through July 31, 2020. Purchase HX Effects from a participating dealer and save $100 with an Instant Rebate.

HX Effects was created for guitarists and bassists who want our flagship Helix effects for traditional amp and pedalboard setups. Powered by the same audio engine as Helix processors, HX Effects includes the full array of Helix effects plus legacy effects from the M Series of Stompbox Modeler pedals. All in a compact pedal that fits easily on your pedalboard.

As always, there are terms and conditions to be aware of:

  • Promotion period ends on July 31, 2020
  • Eligible Products: HX Effects only
  • Instant Rebate on HX Effects – $100 USD
  • The rebate will be reflected in the final purchase at the time of sale
  • This offer is only available to Line 6 customers with mailing addresses in the United States.
  • Eligible Products must be purchased as new from an authorized dealer. Instant Rebates are not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases from online auctions are not eligible.
  • Available while supplies last. Offer limited to Eligible Products in-stock during the Promotion Period.