Yamaha Adds ST2110-30 Support to RIVAGE PM



Yamaha regularly updates its software to improve user convenience and to provide high-quality, user-friendly functions. At the same time, Dante networking has been adopted in a wide range of professional audio systems with its flexibility and efficiency, contributing greatly the improvement of connectivity between devices. With the latest firmware update of the RIVAGE PM series digital mixing system, SMPTE ST2110-30 is now supported in combination with standard Dante functions.

SMPTE ST2110-30 is a set of standards for Media Over IP that is rapidly expanding in the professional broadcast market, and ST2110-30 defines the audio part of these. RIVAGE PM Series, which has already been adopted by many broadcast stations, includes optional Dante modules that each support up to 144 audio channels in and out.

In combination with Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager software package, these modules are now able to operate in “SMPTE mode”. In this way, simultaneous compatibility between ST2110-30 devices and all regular Dante devices is not only maintained, but system setup is simplified and security enhanced. Together with the CL/QL series digital mixers and R series I/O racks, the RIVAGE PM series expands the user’s options and contributes to the construction of a more flexible and comprehensive system.

Furthermore, RIVAGE PM systems allow multiple networks to be bridged, with each DSP engine hosting up to 4 audio networking HY cards. The HY144-D-SRC card provides sample-rate conversion, allowing additional connectivity options. For example, the system could interface between a standard Dante system running at 96kHz for a live performance, and a broadcast ST2110 network operating in a separate clock domain at 48kHz.

“We are very pleased to announce that the RIVAGE PM Series now supports SMPTE ST2110-30,” comments Chihaya “Chick” Hirai, Yamaha General Manager of the PA Marketing & Sales Department, “We are confident that this update will greatly contribute to the customers who are looking for systems with enhanced flexibility as well as those who are converting their existing systems into IP-based ones.”

Yamaha will continue to listen to the opinions of their customers, and work to provide more flexible systems and comfortable mixing environments.


RØDE Introduced RØDECaster Pro Firmware 2.1.2 Update



RØDE announced that they have released the next major firmware update for the RØDECaster Pro, making it even more powerful for podcasting and livestreaming. Version 2.1.2 gives you access to MIDI control for syncing the RØDECaster Pro with DAWs and streaming software, new sound pad modes, nine language options, and more.

What’s New in Firmware Version 2.1.2?

Features include:

  • MIDI control – Control the faders in your DAW or the scenes within your streaming software with the RØDECaster Pro via MIDI.
  • New sound pad modes – Including ‘Swear Button’ and ‘Trash-Talk’ mode.
  • Nine language options for the RØDECaster Pro and Companion App including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • You can download version 2.1.2 now from the RØDE website. The latest firmware update: 2.1.2 is now available to download for free.
  • Get the most out of your RØDECaster Pro with the Companion App! Follow these four simple steps to simultaneously install the Companion App and update the firmware on your RØDECaster Pro.

Download the latest Companion App software to your computer using the download button on the RØDE website.

  • Connect your RØDECaster Pro to your computer via USB.
  • Open the Companion App. You will be automatically prompted to update the firmware on your RØDECaster Pro.
  • Alternatively, you can manually update from within the Companion App by going to ‘File’ > ‘Update Firmware’.

HOFA Introduces 4U+ ProjectTime V3



HOFA introduced HOFA 4U + ProjectTime V3. It tracks your working time directly in the DAW. Right now, it is being offered at an introductory price of 20% off. That works out to EUR 39.90.

ProjectTime V3 has all the features you need to monitor the time you spend working on your DAW projects. After you have loaded ProjectTime into any plugin slot of your DAW, you can start tracking the time. The measured time is saved when you close the project and can be continued when you open it again.

The main innovation is the ability to start the timer automatically, depending on whether playback is running in the DAW or whether an audio signal is detected. In addition, you can now conveniently work with several sessions and edit them later.

As with all plugins from the 4U+ series, you can choose: there is a freeware version that can be used without any costs and a full version with a significantly extended feature set.

Features of the full version:

  • Precise work-time recording in DAW projects
  • Automatic play/pause detection
  • Hourly wage calculator
  • Time-budget calculator
  • Working on a project with several participants
  • Show duration also in decimal hours
  • Editing of sessions
  • PDF export
  • CSV export
  • TXT export
  • Price: Normally EUR 49.90, currently on sale for $39.90.

    Features of the Freeware version:
  • Precise work-time recording in DAW projects
  • Editing of sessions (limited)
  • TXT export

The freeware version can be used on any number of computers without a license. You can use the full version in a 14-day trial period. The full version can be activated with the HOFA-Plugins Manager or directly in the plugin. The plugin can be activated and used on two computers at the same time. It is possible to deactivate licenses and transfer them to other machines. HOFA plugins can be activated and used offline.


Panasonic Introduces New Full Range F1.7 Telephoto Zoom Digital Lens



Panasonic introduced a new telephoto zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH [H-X2550], which boasts a large F1.7 aperture throughout the entire 50-100mm [35mm camera equivalent] zoom range with exceptionally high optical performance clearing the stringent LEICA standards. The LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH excels at both photo shooting and video recording, satisfying professional photographers and videographers alike.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X2550) is been designed to be paired with with the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025), a currently available lens which has been highly acclaimed by creators. They both feature the full-range F1.7 high-speed aperture that provides beautiful bokeh and high descriptiveness. The two lenses cover a focusing distance from wide angle to telephoto, functioning as eight fixed focal length lenses (20mm / 24mm / 28mm / 35mm / 50mm / 75mm / 85mm / 100mm, 35mm camera equivalent) providing the same or an even higher level of descriptiveness than a fixed focal length lens can offer. They have common aperture, high descriptive performance, shape and operability, enabling creators to produce their own unique image product using these two lenses with minimal workflow.

Comprising 16 elements in 11 groups, the lens system features an aspherical lens and three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lenses that effectively suppress the axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Spherical aberration and distortion are also corrected by the aspherical lenses for stunningly high resolution. The use of aspherical lenses and the optimum design of the lens system results in a compact size and light weight while still achieving outstanding optical performance.

Compatibility with a maximum 240-fps high-speed sensor drive realizes high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the stepless aperture ring and micro-step drive system in the aperture control section help the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. A focus ring is equipped for intuitive, precise focusing and linear/ non-linear setting can also be switched with this ring. The LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing at entire zoom range.

The LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. boasts minimum focusing distance of 0.28m (at wide end, 0.31m at tele end) and the maximum magnification ratio of 0.42x (35mm camera equivalent) for superior macro photography. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design for high mobility withstands use under harsh conditions even in 10 degrees below zero. Filter diameter is in 77mm.

The LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X2550) will be available at valued channel partners for $1,799.99 at the end of August.


RØDE Connect Version 1.1 is Here!



RØDE announced that RØDE Connect 1.1 is here! RØDE Connect is a simple and powerful software solution for podcasting and live-streaming with the NT-USB Mini.

Offering the ability to connect up to four NT-USB Minis to a single computer, RØDE Connect is perfect for anyone who wants to create professional-quality podcasts the easy way. With an intuitive recording interface inspired by the RØDECaster Pro featuring broadcast-style faders, level metering, sound pads, mute button, multi-channel recording and more, RØDE Connect gives you complete control over your podcast recording.

Seamless integration of external audio sources makes RØDE Connect ideal for gamers looking for a simple way to route audio for a livestream including chat applications, gameplay sound, mic audio and more.

RØDE Connect is completely FREE to use. To get started, download the app from the RØDE website, plug in your NT-USB Mini, and get recording.

Unlock the full potential of the NT-USB Mini. RØDE Connect unlocks a hidden secret within the NT-USB Mini – powerful digital signal processing that gives you access to four different processors: a compressor and noise gate, plus the legendary Aphex Aural Exciter and Big Bottom effects that are found in the RØDECaster Pro and in the world’s top broadcast studios. All of these are accessible at the touch of a button and will make your voice shine.

RØDE Connect is only compatible with the NT-USB Mini.

Key Features:

  • Connect up to four NT-USB Minis to a single computer – no complex routing required
  • Completely free to download with versions for both Mac and Windows
  • Access to the NT-USB Mini’s powerful digital signal processing including a noise gate, compressor, and the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter and Big Bottom
  • Fully featured recording interface, complete with broadcast-style faders, level metering, mute buttons and more
  • Virtual channels for seamlessly connecting remote guests, integrating steaming applications, adding music beds and much more.
  • Automatic-mix-minus on every channel for crystal clear, echo-free audio
  • Fully equipped sound pads section with 3 separate playback styles and up to 8 banks of sound

Fender Released the Dhani Harrison Ukulele



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) released the Dhani Harrison Ukulele, marking the artist’s first collaboration with the iconic musical instrument brand. Designed for live performance, the Dhani Harrison Ukulele is built with eye-catching aesthetics from custom inlay work and unique stained finishes, to Fender electronics with a tone knob allowing players to EQ their sound.

“We’re thrilled to launch the Dhani Harrison Signature Ukulele, the latest addition to our expanding line of Fender ukuleles,” said Billy Martinez, Vice President Category Manager -Acoustic and Squier Divisions. “Dhani is a world-leading talent and we are seeing more demand for ukulele instruments than ever – so this collaboration made total sense to us. Dhani worked hand-in-hand with us to create his ideal ukulele, incorporating design elements that are deeply personal to him, which we hope will encourage people all over the world to express their own individuality and creativity.” 

Dhani has carved a unique career path as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter, with a versatility that has led to collaborations with artists as varied as the Wu-Tang Clan, UNKLE, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam and Jeff Lynne’s ELO, to name but a few. Harrison grew up playing the ukulele, which quickly became an integral tool in his songwriting. A firm believer that being a great player is about how raw the right hand is and its gusto and rhythm, Harrison was influenced musically by the likes of Gabby Pahinui, Bennie Nawahi and George Formby.  

Dhani Harrison’s psychedelic style spans an impressive career. Harrison has performed at legendary concerts and festivals around the world including Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as receiving a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the completion of his father’s final album, Brainwashed. 

“I knew that if I did a Fender signature model, it would have to be a ukulele,” said Dhani Harrison. “I’ve always played it and I write a lot of stuff on a uke. I spent a lot of time in Hawaii growing up and it was there that I really fell in love with the uke as a serious instrument. I designed it to be my ideal stage ukulele that also sounds great when you’re not plugged in. The design is very much inspired by my passions and quest to build the ultimate ukulele. I wanted to do a blue finish and I wanted a light and a dark – kind of like a blue sky day and a space black night. The blue sapphire stain finish is my nighttime mode, and the turquoise stain is my daytime mode. I hope this new Signature Series helps inspire others on their own musical journey.” 

The Dhani Harrison Ukulele is available in two different finishes, each with its own unique fretboard inlays and engraved designs on the back of the instrument. Designed for live performance, the tenor-sized ukulele features a solid ovangkol wood top, with ovangkol back and sides, providing a warm sound – as well as a ¾ depth, upgraded Fender electronics, distinctive build and eye-catching aesthetics. With a choice of daytime and nighttime finishes, the stains were developed to maintain the visual grain of the wood. Extremely lightweight yet durable, the Dhani Harrison Ukulele is built to stand the test of time. 


Strymon Introduced Conduit MIDI Hub



Strymon introduced Conduit, a premium, easily configurable, ultra-reliable MIDI interface that will work with just about any quarter-inch MIDI equipped effects pedals you have. It also offers the best USB computer connection available for any TRS MIDI pedal.

Smart MIDI Control Distribution

Each of Conduit’s four bi-directional TRS jacks are independently configurable to work with most quarter-inch MIDI equipped pedals. Built-in grounding isolation ensures the quiet operation you expect from Strymon. And for pedals that only need to receive MIDI, Dual Mode allows you to connect two pedals to a single TRS output using an optional TRS splitter cable.

USB MIDI Interface For Your Pedals

Conduit is designed to be a rock solid USB MIDI interface between your computer and your pedals. Send MIDI control change messages from a sequencer for perfectly synced pedal parameter changes. Automate pedal preset changes, load and save presets, or send SYSEX messages – all from your computer.

Easy to Set Up. Easy to Use. Easy to Plug In and Go.

Out of the box, Conduit’s 1/4” TRS MIDI jacks are configured to work with Strymon pedals – just plug and go! Other configurations are easily selectable with no DIP switches, no custom cables, and no screwdriver required. Need more TRS MIDI outputs? Just link another Conduit!

Features/Specs

  • One opto-isolated 5-pin DIN MIDI interface (IN and OUT ports)
  • Four 1/4” TRS bi-directional MIDI ports
  • Five MIDI status indicator LEDs
  • One USB Type-C to USB-A Male cable
  • Lightweight, compact anodized aluminum chassis with threaded mounting hardware
  • Weight: 5 oz (141 g)
  • Dimensions: 2.63” deep x 3.5” wide x 1.2” tall (7.2 cm deep x 9 cm wide x 3.8 cm tall)

Conduit- MIDI Hub is a premium, easily configurable, ultra reliable MIDI interface that will work with just about any quarter-inch MIDI equipped effects pedals. It is priced at $149.00 and is available for pre-order.


Haunted Labs Introduced Old Ruin Pedal



Haunted Labs has introduced the Old Ruin pedal. It delivers a broad array of distorted deliciousness, ranging from a somewhat mild overdrive all the way to higher-gain howling.

Offering a user-friendly recipe for mayhem, the Old Ruin supplies three knobs to unlock its vicious tendencies. In addition to Gain and Volume controls, it includes a specially tuned tone knob called “Texture” for dialing in the pedal’s pugnacious character. “Texture” is much more than just an earthly tone control. It summons sonic nuances from the great beyond.

Looking for something silky and stealthy? You’ll find it here. Prefer a stinging, searing experience like a fateful of lava? Twist the “Texture” knob, wake up and smell the brimstone!

Old Ruin can be purchased now for $159 US and free shipping!

Old Ruin offers true bypass switching and is designed and built in the USA using the highest quality parts available.

Specifications:

  • Three knobs: Gain, Volume, and Texture
  • Engineered and manufactured in the USA
  • Manufactured with the highest quality components
  • 9V standard DC operation (power supply not included) – no battery
  • True bypass

Orange Amplification Announces the OE-1 Guitar



Orange Amplification announced its new hand built, OE-1 Guitar. Designed by Orange’s Technical Director Ade Emsley and constructed by luthier Jason Burns at Blast Cult, each guitar is made to order in London, England.

Fashioned from solid mahogany, the OE-1 is available in two-toned gold and ivory finish or a custom finish. It has an ebony fretboard with 22 frets and a custom 12” radius fretboard. The headstock and body is completed with an eye-catching chessboard nitro binding.

The guitar features a nickel, ABM, Kalamazoo, Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stop Bar Tailpiece for each adjustment and tuning stability. The OE-1 is fitted with Grover tuners, four custom, turned brass control knobs and a robust three-way switchcraft toggle switch. A custom, clear pick guard pulls the total look and feel of the guitar together. The guitar will be supplied in a Hiscox hard case.

More Details:

Construction: This guitar was constructed using the finest seasoned lightweight mahogany into a uniquely Orange body shape with a vintage inspired V to C shape neck. The body is unchambered with a set neck.

Neck: The scale length is 24.75” with 22 Dunlop jumbo frets. The Nut is made from synthetic bone with a width of 1.696”.

Headstock: The Orange logo has been carefully hand cut from mother of pearl and embedded into the dark ebony headstock for a beautiful contrasting finish.

Components: The brass control knobs match the switch tip, perfectly complementing the ivory and golden finish of the body.

Finish: The Guitar body top has been finished with a two-toned gold and ivory paint. The rear body and neck has a dark gloss coat which teases out the rich color of the mahogany. Bound with celluloid chessboard and cream binding.

Case included: Just like the custom guitar, these Hiscox cases are built from scratch to the highest quality here in the UK. Each guitar case is lightweight, tough, and hard wearing.


PreSonus Re-Creates Retro Mix Legends with New Mix Engine Effects Plug-Ins



PreSonus is now shipping Retro Mix Legends, a collection of three Mix Engine Effects plug-ins for the company’s popular Studio One Professional DAW. Retro Mix Legends is the followup to PreSonus’ groundbreaking CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper Mix Engine FX plug-ins, significantly expanding PreSonus’ Mix Engine Effects library. The three plug-ins – Alpine Desk, Brit Console, and Porta Cassette – may be purchased individually or as a bundle and are also included in a PreSonus Sphere membership.

Mix Engine FX is a plug-in paradigm exclusive to Studio One Professional that can subtly alter or completely transform Studio One’s native mix engine. In contrast to conventional plug-ins that must be inserted independently on each channel, with limited or no interaction between channels, activating a Mix Engine Effect on any bus in Studio One will simultaneously affect and cross-process all channels feeding that bus, using one plug-in. Thanks to State Space Modeling technology and the Mix Engine FX architecture, these plug-ins deliver thorough and true-to-life emulations of real hardware behavior, including inter-channel crosstalk, noise, drive, saturation and character. Any bus, including the main stereo bus, can have its own Mix Engine FX assigned, allowing for limitless sonic possibilities.

The new Alpine Desk plug-in faithfully reproduces the complex sonic textures of one of the world’s most coveted American consoles. Its Drive control allows you to hit the console’s preamps as hard as you like, resulting in satisfying saturation and compression, while the Crosstalk and Noise controls can be used to glue your tracks together so everything sits right where it belongs in your mix. Unique to Alpine Desk is a variable output transformer that lets you switch from a 1:1 to 3:1 gain ratio for higher drive settings and a unique dark and dark tonal contours.

Brit Console lovingly re-creates the sound behind arguably more platinum-selling records than any other console. Inherent signal noise plays an important role in defining the sonic character of any analog console; the modeled analog noise in Brit Console is different on every channel being processed, making your mixes more cohesive. Brit Console features three Style options: Vintage, Super, and Modern. Vintage offers a bit of top-end roll-off and a smoother character that defined the sound of British pop in the 1980’s, while those interested in an ultra-clean sound may prefer Super. Enable Modern to switch to a more contemporary dual design with variable harmonic distortion that yields a gentle bass boost, letting you dial in everything from nuanced second- and third-order harmonic saturation to edgy transistor bite.

Perhaps the most unusual offering of its kind, Porta Cassette replicates the smooth, analog, slightly off-kilter, lo-fi mojo of the four-track cassette recorders of the 1980s and ‘90s. Its Character control functions dramatically different than that of any other Mix Engine Effect: Low settings govern the amount of coloration, while cracking it up introduces tape wow and flutter. The unique Pitch control allows you to detune or up-tune every element of your processed bus. Unlike hardware cassette machines, however, the Pitch control won’t affect your playback tempo.

The Retro Mix Legends bundle is available now at the PreSonus Shop at a U.S. street price of $79.95. Alpine Desk, Brit Console, and Porta Cassette can be purchased individually for $29.95 each. All three Mix Engine Effects plug-ins, as well as CTC-1 Pro Console shaper and every PreSonus Studio One add-on are included in PreSonus Sphere memberships.