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Zenhiser Presents Decoded Drum & Bass



Zenhiser presents Decoded Drum & Bass, an indefensible pack for Drum & Bass producers. The price is listed as $60.00 AU.

Exploding out of the gates with crisp beats, hefty bass, primary synths and ballistic rhythms, ‘Decoded Drum & Bass’ merges new Jungle with Tech Step and Minimal D&B. This fusion of styles is indefensible for Drum & Bass procedures whether you’re working on your own tracks, remixes or a future album.

As with all new Zenhiser releases, this pack is pristinely laid out with folders for just about all your needs, five construction kit / stem masterpieces, twenty-five full mix loops with their individual parts, separate drum hits for all occasions, exemplary FX and essential synth / bass one shots.

Everything has been recorded between 170bpm – 174bpm, labelled for ease of use plus a good chunk of midi to feed your next D&B production. This unique collection covers everything from Nu-Jungle to Rollers and is certified to push any dance floor to it’s limits.

Find what you’re looking for in one comprehensive D&B sample pack to ensure you’ll get the absolute most into your music productions.

More details:

  • Genre: Drum & Bass
  • Files – Audio: 419
  • Files – Midi: 72
  • Files – Preset: No
  • Type – Audio: 24-Bit Wav
  • Zip Size: 3.4GB
  • Info – Key: Yes
  • Info –Bpm: 170bpm – 174bpm

BOSS Unveils SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal



With the SY-1 Synthesizer, BOSS brings their latest guitar synth technology to the iconic pedal lineup. Equipped with a powerful polyphonic engine, the SY-1 delivers 121 responsive sounds, all ready to play with no programming knowledge needed. Offering easy connectivity, via a standard 1/4-inch cable, this versatile pedal makes it simple for any guitarist or bassist to incorporate an authentic BOSS synth into their music.

Backed by advanced tech first developed for the SY-300, the SY-1 packs a wide range of analog-style synth sounds in a pedalboard-friendly size. Leads, pads, organs, basses, and more are included, plus a variety of sound effects and rhythmic synth patterns. Sounds are organized into 11 different types, with variations in each.

Thanks to custom DSP and the latest BOSS innovations, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance for a natural and organic playing experience. Tone/Rate and Depth knobs provide quick adjustment of synth voices, including changing the pitch on some sounds. And with a rear-panel switch, the input circuitry can be instantly optimized for either guitar or bass.

Like any BOSS compact, the SY-1 excels in a typical serial pedal chain. But with the send/return loop and dedicated mix controls, it’s also possible to blend one or more pedals in parallel with the SY-1’s synth voices. The send jack functions as a direct out too, letting a player to route synth and guitar sounds to separate destinations.

The SY-1 offers a number of ways to make synth performances more dynamic and expressive. Holding the pedal switch sustains the last-played synth sound, perfect for jamming regular guitar over the top. Users can also connect an external footswitch for tap tempo and octave-shift effects, or plug in an expression pedal for continuous Tone/Rate control.

The BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer will be available for $199.99 (U.S. street) at authorized BOSS retailers in the U.S.


Sony Electronics Introduces FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime Lens



Sony Electronics introduces the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of the FE 35mm F1.8 wide-angle prime lens, model SEL35F18F.

The compact dimensions and lightweight of this full-frame, large-aperture lens provide mobility and convenience for shooting a wide range of subjects, such as everyday snapshots, food photography, landscapes, night scenes and more. The new lens provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality, while its quiet autofocus and tenacious tracking performance make it a great choice for both stills and movie shooting.

Additionally, it’s compact form makes it an appealing choice for both APS-C body users, offering a 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APB-C cameras.

Product Highlights:

High-resolution and large-aperture, full-frame performance in compact and lightweight lens

  • Large F1.8 maximum aperture, weighing in at just 280 grams and measuring 65.6mm (diameter) by 73.0mm (length); this new lens sets a new standard for portability
  • Advanced optical construction, including an aspherical element to suppress aberration and deliver high resolution throughout the entire image frame; 9-blade circular aperture enhances beautiful bokeh
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.22m and maximum magnification of 0.24x offer easy access to the world of close-up photography

Versatile control and handling for a wide range of imaging needs

  • Conveniently placed, customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for instantaneous switching between auto and manual focus
  • Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design add to the versatility and reliability of this new lens and invoke a feeling of confidence in the user

The FE 35mm F18 will ship in August 2019 for approximately $750 US and $800 CA and will be sold at Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.


BOSS Unveils RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station



Boss unveils the RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station, the latest addition to its long-running family of Loop Station products. Combining song-based looping, organic rhythms, and class-leading sound in a compact package, the RC-10R gives musicians an expressive new tool for developing ideas and making stage performances more dynamic and compelling.

Designed for in-the-moment music creation, the RC-10R brings loops and rhythms together in a powerful, interactive way. The rhythms feature song structures with separate parts, and the two-track loop engine works in a serial fashion that’s perfectly synced to the rhythm. This enables users to capture independent song sections, each with their own unique rhythmic backing. Two fill variations bring natural energy to loop transitions, while intro/ending fills bookend pieces in an organic way.

Equipped with over 280 built-in rhythms, the RC-10R supports nearly any musical style. Users can also import their own SMF rhythms and store them in 50 onboard locations. With 16 different kits, any groove can be instantly transformed from heavy rock to light percussion and everything in-between.

While RC-10R’s loop and rhythm engines work together in complete harmony, they also work equally well apart. It’s possible to build two independent loops with no rhythmic backing, or use the RC-10R as a foot-operated drum machine with real-time control over song sections and fills.

The RC-10R features interactive displays and multi-function controls for standalone operation, plus 99 phase memories for storing loop/rhythm combinations. Two footswitches or an expression pedal can be connected for expanded control, and full MIDI I/O is also provided on space-saving mini TRS jacks.

With the RC-10R’s configurable dual outputs, users can send loops and rhythms to separate amp systems if desired. Unique tone filters are also available to optimize the input and/or rhythm sound for amplification through a single-system.

The BOSS RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station will be available for $299.99 (U.S. street) at authorized BOSS retailers in the U.S.


GoPro HERO7 Black is On Sale Now



GoPro HERO7 Black is on sale now at $50 off. The sale will end on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 8:59 p.m. PDT. The sale only applies to purchases of HERO7 Black made on gopro.com. Offer is subject to availability while stock lasts.

TechRadar points out that GoPro HERO7 Black launched at $399.99. The sale puts the price of GoPro HERO7 Black at $349.99.

If you’re not up to speed on the newest GoPro cameras, the Hero 7 Black is the most senior of the three Hero models from the action cam leader, with the Hero 7 Silver and the Hero 7 White sitting underneath it. And with this latest GoPro price drop, it’s asking price is closer to the Silver model’s original list price more than ever

Features include:

HyperSmooth Video: Gimbal-like stabilization – without the gimbal.

Rugged + Waterproof: Dunk it. Drop it. Crash it. Tough as nails and waterproof down to 33ft (10m).

Voice Control: Hands busy? Just speak. Say one of 16 commands, including “GoPro, take a photo” or “That was sick” to tag an epic video.

SuperPhoto: Makes shots look amazing automatically with HDR, local tone mapping and noise reduction – in any light.

Live Streaming: Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube and more to share must-see moments as they happen.

TimeWarp video: Capture super smooth, stabilized time lapse video – even as you move through a scene.

In addition, GoPro HERO 7 Black has 8x Slo-Mo, a touch screen, GPS, and HDR. It is capable of 4K60p recording and Full HD capture at 240fps.


Steinberg Vibrant for HALion is Now Available



Steinberg announced that Vibrant for HALion is now available in their online store. Vibrant is a collection of four legendary electric pianos that sound amazing. Created by e-instruments, Vibrant can be used with HALion in virtually every DAW supporting VTS, AU, or AAX.

Discover the ultimate suite of iconic electric pianos: Vibrant brings the warm, vintage, soulful sound of the Rhodes Stage Mark I, the Rhodes Suitcase, the Wurlitzer 200A and the Hohner Clavinet together in one authentic, accessible plug-in for HALion and HALion Sonic. Enjoy the authentic evocative sound of world-class electronic keyboards, all in one place.

Rhodes Stage Mark I – Based on a vintage 1976 model recorded through high-end pre-amps and A/D converters, Vibrant’s Stage interface delivers the nuances of this evocative classic sound effortlessly to your compositions.

Rhodes Suitcase – To recreate this extraordinary electric piano classic, Steinberg hunted high and low for a top-quality original, before painstakingly restoring it and faithfully capturing its nuanced sound.

Wurlitzer 200 A – Vibrant’s Wurli captures all the warmth, versatility and dynamic range of the original, offering limitless inspiration and variety from Vibraphone-like smoothness to ultra-aggressive, distorted sounds.

Hohner Clavinet – Steinberg meticulously tracked down a genuine 1974 model, lovingly restored it and recorded it via tube preamps to bring the energetic, dynamic tones of a musical legend into the 21st century.

Key features:

  • 4 beautifully sampled electric pianos
  • 40 sound presets for different genres
  • 12 GB compressed samples
  • Created by e-instruments
  • Works with HALion 6, HALion Sonic and free HALion Sonic SE 3

Canon Announced Its First RF Telephoto Zoom Lens



Canon USA Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the sixth lens in the RF family, the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM telephoto zoom lens. As the first telephoto zoom lens designed for EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras, the compact and lightweight 10x zoom RF 24-240mm provides photographers high-quality images and video capture at a budget-friendly price point.

RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens is equipped with Nano USM, providing users quick, high-speed and precision auto focus (AF) when shooting video and capturing still images. With the powerful Nano USM, this lens allows photographers and videographers full time manual focusing making possible the fine tuning and adjusting of focus while in AF mode.

This is the first Canon lens designed for full-frame cameras to feature Dynamic IS and utilizes a CIPA-standard, five-stop image stabilization system. The five-stop IS allows photographers to capture images and record videos with minimal shake, even during nighttime sightseeing or in dimly lit indoor events, without the need of a tripod.

With paired with the recently announced EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, the compact and lightweight portability of the RF 24-240mm rivals that of a Canon ASP-C camera system with a comparable EF-S lens. The RF 24-240mm and EOS RP knitted together are only slightly heavier and longer than the EOS Rebel T7i when it is kitted with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6IS.

Additional features of the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.64 feet/0.50 meters at wide angle and 2.56 feet/0.78 meters at telephoto
  • Maximum magnification of 0.26x at telephoto
  • Approximate weight of 750 grams/26.4 ounces
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO
  • 21 lens elements in 15 groups including one Aspheric and Two UD Lens
  • 12-pin communication system

The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3mm IS USM lens is scheduled to be available September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $899.99. In addition, Canon will offer a new EOS RP kit that includes the RF-24-240mm for an estimated retail price of $2199.00.


Steinberg Introduced SpectraLayers Pro 6



Steinberg introduced SpectraLayers Pro 6. This software allows you to edit audio the innovative way, letting you see and change audio in the spectral domain – in 2D and 3D!

Steinberg’s Marketing Manager Luis Dongo commented: “We are very excited to welcome SpectralLayers to our product portfolio. SpectralLayers nicely compliments the other Steinberg products and can be integrated into Cubase and Nuendo as an ARA extension. This allows users to delve deeper into their audio files and edit them in the spectral domain without ever having to leave their DAW. And it even works together with WaveLab and HALion. With SpectraLayers, we can now offer every single tool necessary to make the most out of any audio signal!”

SpectraLayers is a new approach to audio editing, with new concepts to transform the way you work. For the first time, you can edit spectral data, opening advanced sonic worlds, and use innovative enhancements to traditional techniques. Visualize audio in astonishing new ways, including 3D. Work with mixes like they were tracks. Integrate these abilities into your DAW and other tools. And all in a familiar interface that you didn’t realize you already knew.

New features:

  • ARA 2 support
  • Visible fade marks
  • Advanced selection engine
  • New Move tool
  • Redesigned user interface
  • External editor integration

The full retail version of SpectraLayers Pro 6 is available through the Steinberg Online Shop, together with various downloadable updates from previous versions.


Leica Introduced the Leica V-Lux 5 Camera



Leica Camera AG introduced the Leica V-Lux 5, one of the most versatile and multifaceted cameras in its product portfolio.

Its bright and clear OLED electronic viewfinder and a fully articulated touchscreen panel on the back make composition easy and efficient. Thanks to fast autofocus and a high continuous-shooting rate the camera reliably captures every detail, while innovative exposure modes like Focus Stacking and Post-focusing enrich its wide range of functions.

The addition of modern and ground-breaking connectivity features – in conjunction with Leica FOTOS App – makes the Leica V-Lux 5 a universal, high-performance camera for all photographic needs.

In combination with the camera’s 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146 mm f/2.8-4 ASPH lens of the V-Lux 5 (equivalent to 25 to 400 mm in 35 mm film format) delivers outstanding imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range, whether shooting with macro, wide-angle and extreme telephoto settings, maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 and an integrated optical image stabilizer, the camera is ideally equipped for capturing best, shake-free still pictures and video in low ambient light, even without using a tripod.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers optimum tools for composing and assessing subjects: With a resolution of 2.36 megapixels and OLED technology, its newly developed electronic viewfinder brings a higher contrast ratio and improved color depth – while simultaneously consuming less power.

In addition to the EVF, the back of the camera features a fully-articulated 3” touchscreen panel. The is not only ideal for reliable assessment of images before and after exposure, but also makes it easy to shoot from unusual angles.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers a multitude of powerful functions, but not only for photos – it is also the idea camera for capturing highest quality video footage. The ability to capture true-to-life video in 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at frame rates of 24, 25, or 30 frames per second or full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second offers enormous scope for the realization of creative ideas in editing and post-production.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is the first model of the V-Lux line that an be used with the Leica FOTOS App. Photos and videos can be quickly and easily transferred for post-processing or sharing in social networks at any time.


Canon Introduces Two New PowerShot G-Series Cameras



Canon has introduced the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II. They are the new powerhouse cameras for visual creators and advanced amateurs.

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II cameras are successors to the PowerShot G7X II and the PowerShot G5X, respectively. These new cameras usher in a plethora of new and innovative functionalities. Depending on the model, new innovative features include live-streaming available with YouTube (via a wireless connection), a pop-up electrical viewfinder (EVF) and 4K video shooting.

Even though the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have many individualized, unique qualities, both include many core features that are true to Canon’s imaging excellence.

These features include:

  • DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
  • 20.1 Megapixel 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor to achieve high quality, high functionality and fast speeds
  • 4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p, FHD up to 120p, HDR, high frame rate movie with no crop
  • High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 20 FPS
  • Highest ISO speed in the PowerShot category with a maximum of 12,800
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB-C charge power supply

The PowerShot G7 III features live-streaming to YouTube capability via a wireless connection, allowing for creators of all levels to easily capture and post content in real time. It also offers vertical video support, 4K up to 30P high-rate movie with no crop, full HD up to 120p, and an optical 4.2x lens, helping to achieve high image quality.

Powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, a new 2.0 Megapixel sensor, and wrapped within a compact body with a microphone jack, the PowerShot G7 X III offers innovative technologies, an improved user interface, and Creative Assist for both video and still photography needs.

A lighter, compact and premium point and shoot camera that touts a new pop-up EVF, touch and drag AF and new optical 5x lens, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II is perfectly positioned to provide high quality and valuable functions. The PowerShot G5 X Mark II will satisfy the needs of advanced amateurs who regularly use and are familiar with Canon EOS cameras as a second camera or integrate it into their daily lives.

The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have an estimated retail price of $749.99 and $899.99, respectively, and are expected to be available in August 2019.