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Roland Debuts All-New Synthesizer Lineup

Roland introduces JUPITER-X, a new series of premium synthesizers that feature a diverse selection of sounds and advanced composition and performance features. Starting with the release of the JUPITER-4 in 1978, the JUPITER name has represented the pinnacle of innovation and quality in Roland synthesizers.

JUPITER-X continues this tradition, combining classic Roland design and exceptional build quality with an all-new synth engine and the finest keyboard actions to date.

Flexible and deep, JUPITER-X’s next-generation sound engine lets users tap into Roland’s long history of genre-defining sounds and morph them together to explore unmapped sonic territory. Sought-after analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, and more are authentically reproduced, as well as digital machines like the vintage XV-5080 and modern RD pianos. Also available are Roland drum machine sounds that form the foundation of electronic and dance music, including TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, CR-78, and others.

JUPITER-X’s cutting-edge I-Arpeggio feature users artificial intelligence to accompany user performances and inspire new musical ideas. I-Arpeggio takes player-created notes, rhythms, and phrases and uses them to develop complementary drum parts, basslines, chords, and arpeggiated lines in real time. It works on each of JUPITER-X’s five parts simultaneously and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to a DAW.

JUPITER-X’s sound structure includes five parts: four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8 with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. With so much polyphony on hand, users can freely create layered sounds, splits, and backing parts without limiting complex chords or musical ideas.

The flagship JUPITER-X model features a spacious, full-size control layout and a 61-note keyboard with supreme playability. Compact yet extremely powerful, the JUPITER-Xm model is a complete electronic production and performance environment with 37-note slim keyboard and support for battery-powered operation.

Yamaha Brings its Professional Audio and Sound Products to AES 2019

Yamaha announced that it will highlight its newest professional audio and live sound products, as well as the latest tools from Steinberg Media Technologies and loudspeakers from NEXO, both Yamaha companies, at next month’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention.

Attendees will experience demonstrations of the RIVAGE, CL and TF series of digital mixing consoles, the newly released STAGEPAS 1K portable PA system, the new point source NEXO P12/L15 loudspeaker system, DZR loudspeakers with expanded Dante audio networking connectivity, and the latest version of Steinberg’s Dorico 3 professional scoring software.

Firmware update V4.0 for Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers adds enhanced control and versatility through a Selected Channel View providing access to main parameters for selected input channels in a single display. A new scene fade time function for scene management is useful for engineers mixing in theatrical applications.

Support for Yamaha DZR-D and DXS-XLF-D Series speakers is added with speaker amp mute control directly from the mixer display. V4.0 expands the selection of QuickPro Presets for microphones, in-ear monitors and speakers and the TF StageMix iPad app allows control of playback and recording through a connected USB storage device.

Steinberg recently announced the highly anticipated latest version of its professional scoring software, Dorico 3. Every feature in the new version helps musicians spend less time in front of their computers and more time making music.

Also planned for the Yamaha AES exhibit are new audio interface products and the newest WaveLab mastering, editing, and refinement tools.

The Yamaha STAGEPAS 1K system an all-in-one portable PA system enabling performers to quickly transform any location into a stage. The system is driven by a high-frequency array speaker packed with 10 small-diameter 1.5-inch drivers that provide professional-level accuracy and clarity. A 1000 W Class-D amplifier gives the system a significant upgrade in power. A new 12-inch subwoofer houses the sizable speaker and improves portability with its streamlined construction and reduced weight.

Blue Introduces Yeti X Microphone

Blue introduced the Yeti X. It is a professional USB microphone for gaming, streaming and podcasting. It can be pre-ordered at Best Buy for $169.99.

The Blue Yeti X is a state-of-the-art flagship USB microphone for professional-level gaming, Twitch streaming, podcasting and YouTube productions. With an all new four-capsule condenser array inside, Yeti X delivers legendary Blue broadcast sound with greater focus and clarity than ever – in four versatile pickup patterns. An illuminated multi-function smart knob lets you monitor and adjust your voice level in real time, providing precise control over your audio stream.

Building on the #1-selling Blue Yeti’s innovative design, Yeti X features a four-capsule condenser array inside for clearer, more focused pickup patterns. Switch between cardioid for recording and streaming, omni for conferences calls, bi-directional for podcast interviews and stereo for immersive experiences like ASMR recordings.

Take control of your on-stream sound with Yeti X’s 11-segment LED meter. At a glance, you can check if your voice level is too high or too low and adjust accordingly. A game changer for live streamers, the LED meter allows you to easily maintain professional sound quality while live on camera.

The Yeti X USB microphone includes advanced Blue VOICE audio software, a suite of broadcast vocal effects that makes it easier than ever to achieve professional on-stream sound quality. With Blue VOICE, you can make Yeti X sound the way you want using presets for crisp and modern, warm and vintage, classic radio voice, or make your own unique signature sound.

Blue VOICE effects include de-popper, noise reduction, expander, gate, de-esser, EQ, compression and limiter, and presets from pro streamers to get you sounding fantastic quickly.

Fujifilm Introduced Stylish FUJIFILM X-A7 Camera

Fujifilm announced that it will launch the FUJIFILM X-A7 in Autumn 2019. It is a new addition to the X Series of compact and lightweight mirrorless digital cameras that deliver outstanding image quality with the company’s unique color reproduction technology.

Weighing just 320g, stylish X-A7 carries a newly-developed 24.24MP APS-C sensor to deliver premium image quality with the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology. The sensor uses copper wiring to enable high-speed data readout, and features phase detection pixels across the entire sensor surface to enhance AF speed and accuracy. This enables AF tracking of a moving subject as well as Face / Eye detection AF with ease. The camera also records smooth 4K/30fps video and high-speed video, catering to the ever-growing need for high-quality video for use in Vlog and other media.

The camera has a large 3.5-inch LCD monitor with the maximum luminous intensity of approx. 1,000 candelas to guarantee intuitive operability on the rear panel. Furthermore, this is the first X Series model that features a “vari-angle” monitor that users can adjust to any angles. It can be used in conjunction with the Portrait Enhancer Mode for self-portraits of advanced quality.

The X-47 is a perfect choice for those who want to upgrade their photography from smartphone pictures, offering a broad range of applications from casual snapshots of everyday scenes to travel photography and full-fledged photographic creations.

Main Features:

  • Newly-developed image sensor delivering premium image quality and outstanding AF performance
  • A stylish camera body weighing just 320g and capable of shooting approx. 440 frames per charge
  • Enhanced video recording functions
  • Bright and large rear panel LCD monitor for excellent operability
  • Diverse shooting modes to facilitate your photographic creativity
  • Reinforced connectivity and connection stability with smartphones and tablet devices

Discover Pods is Giving Away a MicPort Pro 2

Discover Pods has a giveaway for a MicPort Pro 2 from CEntrance. The contest is open to everyone 18 years or older with a shipping address in the Continental US. It will run through September 20, 2019, at 12am PT. To enter the giveaway, you must visit Discover Pods and log in to their raffle widget (either via Facebook or your email address).

The MicPort Pro 2 is a portable USB mic preamp that makes it easy to record on-the-go, with professional quality. Ideal for speech and music recording, MicPort 2 can turn your phone into a recording studio, or a live-streaming broadcast facility. Smaller than most mics, it is feature-rich, easy to use, and travel-friendly.

A built-in, rechargeable battery sets MicPort 2 apart from other portable audio interfaces, making it your idea companion for the road. Now you can record directly to your phone or tablet and leave that laptop behind. The low-noise Jasmine mic preamp, zero latency blend control and a musical, soft-knee limiter combine to create a professional vocal processor, putting MicPort 2 in a class of its own.

Audio features:

  • Low noise, high-gain Jasmine preamp delivers professional results
  • Neutrik combo XLR jack for mic, line or instrument sources
  • Analog soft limiter that stays out of the way of your vocal (optional)
  • Second channel records a safety copy at -12dB to prevent clipping
  • Custom AmpExtreme headphone amp offers clarity, detail and volume

Recording features:

  • Records to Android, iOS, Windows, Mac – almost any device you have
  • Input blend control with zero latency lets you adjust background level
  • Hi-Z input acts as a “direct box” for recording electric guitar or bass
  • High Pass Filter to cut the wind noise when recording on location
  • VelvetSound A-to-D converter records your audio in studio quality

Steinberg Announces Olympus Choir Micro for HALion

Steinberg announced Olympus Choir Micro by Soundiron. As the name implies, it’s a small yet convenient instrument with basic male and female choral samples. And as if this weren’t enough good news – Olympus Choir Micro is now also included in Dorico 3 and Absolute 4.

This lightweight, user-friendly choir instrument is the perfect tool for composers who need a simple but effective choir in their mix, without any of the fuss or options of more complex instruments. Compatible with HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3, and the free HALion Sonic SE 3, Olympus Choir Micro includes basic male and female choral samples to suit any musical need.

Features include:

  • Full male and female choirs with three articulations
  • Two full-dynamic range vowels – Ah and Ooh
  • 20 powerful presets in different styles
  • Works with nearly every DAW (AU, VST, AAX)

System requirements:

  • Operating System (Windows): Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Operating System (Mac): macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave
  • Compatible with: HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3, HALion Sonic SE 3
  • Hard disk space for: 420 MB
  • Internet connection for: license activation, installer download, account sign up and product registration

Steinberg Released Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3

Steinberg released the latest iterations of Dorico, their music notation software, Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3. The Pro edition introduces unique features for automatically producing a condensed conductor’s score while both Pro and Elements editions offer support for tablature, guitar notation and many other new features, such as support for harp pedal changes, customized playback templates and new editors in Play mode.

Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality – and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options, and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.

Proud Marketing Manager for Dorico, Daniel Spreadbury, said: “The release of Dorico 3 represents a significant milestone in the evolution of not only in Dorico but also of music notation software in general. Being able to produce a condensed conductor’s score at the click of a button will profoundly change the workflow of composers, arrangers, and editors who write for large ensembles, and together with the hundreds of other improvements throughout the application, Dorico 3 will save time for every musician.”

Dorico is available from local resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. For users of Sibelius and Finale, Steinberg has a special Crossgrade offer. They will provide an educational discount for students and teachers.

Those who have activated Dorico 2 editions and earlier versions on or after August 8, 2019, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.

Telestream to Unveil Lightspeed Live Capture and Live Stream Platforms

Telestream will unveil major new functionality in its Lightspeed Live Capture and Lightspeed Live Stream platforms at IBC 2019. They are of strategic importance for broadcasters and OTT streaming service providers seeking large-scale streaming platforms with inherent resilience combined with high channel density and optimal cost-per-channel, Telestream is introducing a new and unique platform containing 8 3G-SDI I/O ports.

Large-scale OTT service providers need efficient management and resiliency for pools of linear channels. Now, Lightspeed Live Stream provides system-level redundancy with standby channels held in reserve in case of hardware or software failures.

What makes this facility unique is its peer-to-peer implementation with no ‘eye-in-the-sky’ arbitrage system required to orchestrate a switchover. Further resilience and core system efficiency is brought to Lightspeed Live Stream by a new capability to provide dual encoder and dual publishing capabilities in concert with Unified Streaming and Akami. With this new collaborative facility, high value content is assured to reach the origin server and CDN using an active-active technique to replace missing or damaged content.

The new, high density 1RU Lightspeed Live appliance is a hardware platform supporting Lightspeed Live capture and/or Lightspeed Lite Stream products. The appliance provides a video processing platform that allows ingest of real-time video and audio from SDI and IP sources.

It supports decoding/encoding of SD/HD/UHD sources and provides parallel processing of multiple video outputs, for a wide variety of destination devices and formats under the control of the Lightspeed Live Capture or Live Stream software. The system supports up to eight SD/HD/3G input channels or two 4K/UHD channels, with eight independent 16-channel audio processing engines.

In addition, Lightspeed Live Stream for the first time integrates SRT open source video transport support and V-Nova’s Perseus Plus encoding. Also, the use of the role-based permissions makes it easy to track and audio changes, as well as tailoring permissions to user responsibilities.

A compelling new feature within Lightspeed Live Capture is Live Edit Sub Clipping, which enables lightning fast sub-clipping of content from live and previously captured media sources. The system utilizes a browser based HTML5 Live Edit user interface, providing completely frame accurate editing via a low-resolution HLS proxy, and powerful metadata support. Also, Lightspeed Live Capture is an ideal enabler for Edit@Home remote production including simultaneous auto-archiving capabilities.

Roland Unveils Next-Generation FANTOM Keyboard Series

Roland unveiled the flagship FANTOM lineup, an all-new series of professional keyboards for music production and live performance. Developed from the ground up for modern players, the next-generation FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7 and FANTOM 8 models fuse Roland’s latest synthesizer technologies with fluid operation, an intuitive color touch screen, and deep computer integration. FANTOM instruments also offer superb playability, and feature rugged, tour-ready construction to meet the demands of everyday life on the road.

A key feature of FANTOM is its modeless interface, which makes technical limitations and confusing operation a thing of the past. Players never have to worry about what features work in which mode – FANTOM is always in full-on creative mode, providing a consistent working experience in every musical scenario.

With FANTOM’s potent DSP engine, players can focus on music, not rationing processing power. It’s possible to run all 16 parts with all available effects at once, complete with full patch remain for seamless transitions. There’s never any guessing about how many effects are available, or if sounds can be changed smoothly without limiting complex patches.

FANTOM models offer exceptional playability and aftertouch support with Roland’s best keyboards ever, including the acclaimed PHA-50 on the 88-key FANTOM 8 and a brand new semi-weighted action on the 76-key FANTOM 7 and 61-key FANTOM 6. In addition to the color touchscreen interface, there are plenty of knobs and sliders for intuitive and immediate control, plus a dedicated synthesizer section with oscillator, filter, and envelope controls.

FANTOM is a complete music composition platform, filled with creative option to build arrangements fast. Available tools include RGB pads, a classic TR-REC style pattern sequencer, real-time recording with piano roll editing, and a grid for recording and launching clips.

FANTOM excels as a standalone instrument, but its powers grow exponentially when connected to computers, analog synthesizers, and other gear. DAWs and performance software like Apple’s Logic Pro and MainStage can be operated from the touchscreen and panel controls, and virtual instruments from Roland Cloud and others can be easily controlled and combined with FANTOM’s internal sounds. It’s also possible to drive modular analog synthesizes from its dual CV/Gate outputs.

Nikon Introduces NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 Lens

Nikon announced the fast, wide-angle NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S, the latest addition to the ever-expanding NIKKOR Z lineup of lenses. The 24mm f/1.8 S is optimized for capturing everything from cityscapes to environmental portraits and is built to take advantage of Nikon’s large Z-mount, delivering the ultimate combination of fast, bright, and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S joins the S-Line of high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses, giving creators an essential focal length to add to their kit of fast prime Z-mount lenses. The lens takes advantage of the most advanced NIKKOR technologies to deliver optical superiority, exceptional sharpness, beautiful bokeh and high-resolution across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.

Thanks to the advantages of the lens’ bright and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture along with the wider Z-mount, Nikon Z series users can capture exceptionally sharp images in dimly lit settings, with a lens that’s ideal for nighttime shooting and astrophotography.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S features 9 rounded aperture blades, allowing users to capture beautifully circular bokeh that adds a level of dimentionality to help capture compelling content. Users can confidently explore their creative potential in nearly any landscape thanks to the lens’ reliable dust and drip resistant design, ideal for tough weather conditions.

The lens construction also consists of four Aspherical Lens Elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coat helps eliminate ghosting and flare. The 24mm f/1.8 S is further equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, which uses two AF drives in tandem to deliver superior resolving power and active fast and accurate autofocus, even at minimum focus distance.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is also optimized for video capture. As a popular cinematic focal length, the 24mm f/1.8 S will be a welcome addition to Z series shooters’ arsenals, boasting near-silent stepping motors for ultra-quiet performance, reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture and exposure compensation and the ability to take advantage of the in-camera 5-axis VR + eVR of the Nikon Z series cameras.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S will be available in mid to late October 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95.