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.


Line 6 has Scorching Summer Software Sale



Line 6 is having a Scorching Summer Software Sale. You can save 30% off all Line 6 software and model packs in the Line 6 store including Helix Native, POD Farm, Echo Farm, and Model Packs. Use the Coupon Code SUMMER30 at checkout. The sale ends on July 14, 2019.

Helix Native offers the authentic sounds of 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.

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

Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit Native Plug-In for Any DAW lets you bring a legendary collection of vintage delay and echo effects to your studio. 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 unites such as the Roland RE-101, Space Echo, Boss DM-2, Electo-Harmonix Memory Man, TC Electronic 2290, and Maestro Echoplexes, plus Line 6 original.


Eventide has a 4th of July Savings Event



Eventide is having a 4th of July Savings Event that will last through July 8, 2019. You can get Blackhole, UltraTap and MangledVerb for $29 each while the sale is on.

Blackhole is a reverb plug-in that breaks the rules by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality. At large sizes, its soft attack and lingering, harmonic tails allows it to really shine on guitars, strings and pads. At small sizes, those very same qualities can add an angelic sheen to vocals or turn a simple drum track into an otherworldly rhythm section.

UltraTap is a unique multi-tap effect capable of rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells and extraordinary modulation. It’s the perfect tool for creating drum fils, vocal choruses, swelling guitar chords and other evolving effects – everything from reversed reverbs to a massed church choir singing a Gregorian chant in Notre-Dame Cathedral!

MangledVerb is a unique effect combining reverb and distortion. Ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer, MangledVerb is capable of creating lush reverbs, ripping distortion leads and sound-sculpting musical chaos. Guitarists have used it for years to create signature sounds and now you can have it for your favorite DAW.


BOSS Introduced 200 Series Effect Pedals



BOSS has introduced the 200 series effect pedals. This all-new stompbox lineup delivers premium sound and features in space-saving designs.

With the 200 series, BOSS introduces a new generation of pedals, delivering advanced sound and versatility in a streamlined footprint. The four models in the 200 series feature premium audio quality with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate, plus support for additional control via external switches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.

Grab-and-go controls and multi-function footswitches make operation fast and intuitive, while onboard memories allow users to store multiple setups for instant recall.

The DD-200 Digital Delay brings together sounds inherited from the flagship DD-500 into an even smaller package. Twelve modes offer delay colors from modern digital to classic analog, providing everything from basic echoes to rick ambient pads and everything in-between. There’s also an independent looper that’s always ready to use, plus a selectable carryover function for seamless transitions between memories.

The EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer is a precision tone-shaping tool for guitar, bass, and other instruments, offering two wide-ranging 10-band EQ channels and a graphic display that shows the current EQ curve at a glance. Channels can be configured for stereo, parallel, or series operation, and it’s possible to patch in external pedals for pre and post EQ shaping. The frequency centers of all 10 bands can also be set to three different types, optimizing performance for different applications.

The MD-200 Modulation provides an array of world-class mod effects in one small, convenient pedal. There are 12 modes to choose from, with direct panel access to rate, depth, and level plus up to three parameters tailored to each mode. Using the versatile insert function, players can patch in drive pedals and other effects for selectable pre or post processing.

The OD-200 Hybrid Drive brings next-level tone, feel, and flexibility to overdrive and distortion. Combining decades of BOSS tone expertise with innovative technologies, the OD-200 offers 12 unique modes, hybrid analog/digital circuitry, three-band EQ, and powerful pre and post boosts for detailed gain shaping. There’s also an advanced gate circuit built in, ideal for eliminating noise and adding tightness to high-gain drive tones.


Enter the HOFA Song Contest



HOFA announced the 2019 HOFA Song Contest. The contest is live now. More than 800 musicians and producers uploaded their songs last year to present their music – and to get the chance to win great prizes.

HOFA is a German manufacturer of audio plugins and acoustic modules as well as a provider of audio engineering courses and a recording studio since 1988. The annual HOFA XMAS Mix Contest is now complemented by the Song Contest in the summer.

The HOFA Song Contest is for songwriters and producers. HOFA’s declared goal is the provision of a common platform and the promotion of outstanding talents.

Any solo artist, team, band, etc. can join in with a song of their own. Each participant can submit one track; remixes and coversongs excluded. Send us your song if you believe it’s a brilliant piece of songwriting and production. The participation is free!

In each of the six categories (genres) there is a main prize donated by HOFA. In addition, many attractive special prizes will be awarded (donated by HOFA’s partners). HOFA will also raffle 100 HOFA song analyses among the participants.

The genres are: Pop; Electronic Music; Hip-Hop, R’n’B & Soul; World & Miscellaneous; Rock & Heavy; and Traditional. Songs can be uploaded to the contest until August 5, 2019. From August 6, 2019, a jury listens to the songs and rates them. The announcement of the winners and awardees will be on September 2, 2019.

For more details, HOFA recommends you visit their HOFA Song Contest Facebook page.


Canon is Developing New CMOS Sensor



Canon notes that the high demands of complex lighting and harsh environments require sensors capable of delivering high-dynamic range (HDR) and high-image quality in adverse temperature conditions. To answer this application need, Canon Inc., is pursuing development of the 3U3MRXSAAC, a 2.8 megapixel, 1/2.32-inch CMOS sensor ideal for HDR imaging.

The 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS, sensor being developed will be equipped with an HDR function that can achieve a wide range of 120 dB at low noise levels. This HDR function will reflect a greater ability to extract usable information even when there is a substantial difference between the lightest and darkest parts of an image. Even during normal drive operation, the sensor can achieve a dynamic range of 75 dB – greater than the sensors on many conventional digital cameras.

Additionally, the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will also be capable of operating in environments with extreme temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 105 degrees Celsius. Typically, in high-temperature conditions, the increase in dark current noise (noise that occurs due to heat, even when no light reaches the sensor) can affect the quality of the image.

However, the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will be equipped with functionality that helps correct black levels (the luminance level of the darkest portion of an image) in real-time to help maintain high image quality.

With a diagonal size of 1/2.32 inches (7.75 mm), the 3U3MRXSAAC CMOS sensor will feature approximately 2.8 million effective pixels (1936 x 1456), a pixel size of 3.2 μm x 3.2 μm and a frame rate of up to 60 fps (30 fps during HDR drive operation). The sensor will be compatible with the MIPI CSI-2 interface used by consumer-oriented cameras for a wide variety of purposes.


Yamaha Introduced STORIA Acoustic-Electric Guitars



Yamaha unveiled STORIA, a series of three acoustic-electric guitars that are as fashionable as they are enjoyable to play. Designed with beginning and potential players in mind, inviting their body contours, slim necks, comfortable string height, and smooth fingerboard edges, make them easy to pick up and play when inspiration arises, while at the same time their stylish color combinations make visual statements that enhance any living space.

STORIA Series guitars are more than simply attractive instruments for beginners, however. In addition to their appealing finishes, tasteful inlay work, and champaign gold turners, they feature suburb workmanship, solid tops, brass bridge pins, and Yamaha SRT passive undersaddle pickups, which provide a warm and natural-sounding acoustic tone when the guitars are amplified.

All three STORIA models have FS (Concert) body shapes with mahogany backs and sides, nato necks with walnut fingerboards, urea nuts and saddles, and 25” scale lengths. Complementary inside colors and sound hole inlays complete the designs.

STORIA I has a solid Sitka spruce top with an off-white semi-gloss finish and ivory body binding. The mahogany back and sides have a natural finish, the inside is light blue and the rosette is inlaid with ivory and mahogany. The guitar has a clear yet rich sound,

STORIA II has a solid mahogany top with a natural semi-gloss finish and a 3/16” (5mm) beveled edge. The mahogany back and sides also have a natural finish, the inside is ultramarine and the rosette is inlaid with ivory and abalone. The mahogany top, sides, and back give the guitar a warm yet well balanced sound.

STORIA III has a solid mahogany top with a chocolate-brown gloss finish and black body binding. The mahogany back and sides also have a chocolate-brown finish, the inside is wine red and the rosette has ivory, red wine, and black inlays. The mahogany top, sides, and back give the guitar a warm yet well-balanced sound.

All STORIA guitars include a one-month subscription to FourChords, a guitar-learning app for iOS and Android that offers chord charts, lyrics, backing tracks, tutorials and a tuner. STORIA guitars are priced at $653 (MSRP) and are available now.


Accusonus Introduces ERA 4 De-Esser Pro



Accusonus introduced the ERA 4 De-Esser Pro. It is a sophisticated, yet fast and easy to use de-essing plug-in. It offers precision-grade de-essing and customizable audio repair functionality. Based on the multi-patented accusonus algorithms, De-Esser Pro simply works and allows for efficient sibilance removal from audio recordings.

Don’t let those sharp esses pierce your eardrums. Harsh sibilance can be very annoying in both dialogue and vocal recordings. Getting rid of those noisy high-frequency consonants can be a complicated, time-consuming task. This is why we developed an easy-to-use, fast and powerful tool that requires minimum effort but offers great results.

In most cases, all you’ll have to do is tweak the large white knob until those sharp and shrill esses are gone. But ERA D-Esser Pro offers some extra controls to give you the granularity you need to really dive in and fine-tune the settings for when you’re fixing up a really bad recording.

Features include:

  • FOCUS control: Fine tune the engine processing by spotting problematic frequency region, without affecting any other frequencies.
  • FOCUS range audition button: Preview the selected FOCUS range without any processing applied onto it. This way you can spot any problematic region much easier.
  • SHAPING control: Another parameter to fine tune the processing. Moving the slider toward SHARP side, a more steep curve is applied onto the sibilance region, leading to a tighter result.
  • DIFF button: Listen to what is being removed from your recording during processing.
  • Real-time Processing Display (waveform view): Visualize any detected sibilance.