Taylor Guitars has a Fall Giveaway

Taylor Guitars is doing a Fall for Ovangkol Giveaway. Now through November 2, 2018, someone will win a new 414ce acoustic-electric guitar featuring Taylor’s V-Class bracing.

One (1) winner from the U.S. and Canada and one (1) winner from the Netherlands, Germany, France, or the United Kingdom, will each receive a Taylor V-Class 414ce guitar, valued at an approximate retail value (ARV) of $2,399.99 (€2,054.69).

The 400 Series has always offered players reliable, professional-grade guitars with premium features and a workmanlike aesthetic. This year’s 414ce, a Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar, boasts a solid Sitka spruce top over back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood that is prized by Taylor Guitars for its sonic versatility and balance.

This particular tonewood combination produces a bright response with clear highs and a warm, resonant low end, with enough mid-range presence for a truly balanced sound across the frequency range.

The addition of V-Class bracing transforms the 414ce into a working musician’s dream – the new internal design provides stability along the center axis plus a flexible, orderly top vibration, producing greater volume and unmatched sustain. Even better: the new bracing helps resolve the clashing overtones that cause imperfect intonation in traditionally braced guitars, creating a perfectly tuneful experience all the way down the neck.

Visit the Taylor Guitars website for more details about their Fall Giveaway.

Roland Unveils AX-Edge Keytar

Roland unveiled the AX-Edge Keytar, a performance synthesizer designed to be played in a standing position with a shoulder strap.

Building on decades of refinement and input around the world, the AX-Edge features 49 full-sized keys and a professional sound set crafted specifically for keytarists. It also offers a sleek, modern design with the unique ability to interchange Edge Blades and customize the instrument’s look. Compact and battery operated, the AX-Edge is a powerful mobile instrument that enables performing keyboardists to take center stage and put their music in the spotlight.

The AX-Edge delivers a striking presence that makes any live player stand out. Models are available in black or white finishes, and the black model features an all-black keyboard for a dark, sophisticated appearance. Each AX-Edge model comes with an extra Edge Blade in the box (a silver Edge Blade for the black model and a gold Edge Blade for the white), allowing the player to create a fresh look that complements their personal performance style.

The AX-Edge is a carefully curated sound set driven by Roland’s latest sound technologies. Optimized for stage performance, the sounds are designed to cut through even in loud bands. Dedicated buttons provide instant access to effects that provide polished, studio-quality tone in any venue. And thanks to the Tone Remain function, players can switch sounds seamlessly without notes or effect tails being cut of prematurely.

When powered with rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, the AX-Edge provides up to four full hours of mobile playing time. The instrument can also be powered via an AC adaptor.

Fujifilm to Launch FUJIFILM X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

FujuFilm will launch FUJIFILM X-T3 (X-T3) as the latest model in the X Series known for superior image quality with proprietary color reproduction technology. The camera will be launched on September 20, 2018.

Compact and lightweight X-T3 packs newly-developed back-illuminated 26.1MP Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine, which boasts the processing speed approx. 3 times faster than that of current models, to achieve the highest level of quality and AF accuracy in the history of the X-Series.

The ability to track a moving subject has also been improved with blackout-free burst-mode capability. It’s extended video recording capability meets the needs of professional videographers, supporting 4K/60fps 10-bit video recording for the first time in the world with rich and smooth tonality.

Some Specifications Include:

  • Number of effective pixels: 26.1 millions pixels
  • Image Sensor: 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter
  • Sensor Cleaning System: Ultra Sonic Vibration
  • Lens Mount: FUJIFILM X mount
  • LCD Monitor: 3.0 inch aspect ratio 3.2 approx. 1.04 millions dots touch screen color LDC monitor (approx. 100% coverage)
  • Dimensions: (W) 132.5mm x (H) 92.8mm x (D) 58.8mm (minimum depth 35.4mm)
  • Weight: Approx. 539g (including battery and SD memory card); Approx 489g (excluding battery and SD memory card).
  • Starting up period: Approx 0.3sec

Yamaha Brought New Products to IBC 2018

Yamaha brought new products and updated firmware at IBC 2018. Yamaha has a digital mixing solution suitable for every type of broadcast need, from the biggest event to the most compact studio or broadcast facility.

Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems have rapidly become the new byword for excellence in the large format market. The facilities, audio quality, high channel counts and ease of use are all proving a hit with engineers across the world. IBC sees the launch of updated firmware and two new interface cards for RIVAGE systems, which add features especially relevant to the broadcast market.

The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect with a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts.

The HY144D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected. Meanwhile, the latest Version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.

New Version 5.1 firmware update for Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixers directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital receiver – used extensively in both broadcast and live production environments – significantly enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters.

In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the idea solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.

Adobe Joins the Netflix Post Technology Alliance

Netflix announced the Netflix Post Technology Alliance. It is a program for manufacturers of products that generate or manage any kind of sound data, image data, or metadata from production through post. Any product that meets this criterion is a candidate for the Netflix Post Technology Alliance logo.

As an artist, it’s important that your needs drive the technical innovation in the tools you use. The Netflix Post Technology Alliance will act as a conduit for Netflix to support creatives and technology partners on new feature sets for tools, so artists can spend their creative energy on what matters most – the storytelling.

Adobe announced that they are excited that Adobe will be joining Netflix’s new Post Technology Alliance. Adobe Premier Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC will receive a Post Technology Alliance product designation. Together, Adobe and Netflix will work hand-in-hand to solve the challenges currently faced by post-production professionals and push the boundaries of technology so creativity can flow freely.

The Netflix Post Technology Alliance includes the industry leaders in four categories: cameras, creative editorial, color grading, and IMF packaging, with products from Adobe, Arri, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Colorfront, Fraunhofer IIS, Filmlight, Marquise Technologies, MTI Film, Ownzones, Panasonic, Red Digital Cinema, Rohde & Schwarz, and Sony.

Netflix has launched a new logo program to help people identify the products that are partners. When you see the Netflix Post Technology Alliance logo, you’ll know the product meets Netflix’s technical and delivery specifications today, and will continue to do so in the future.

Revolver Magazine is Giving Away a Shuriken Variax Guitar

Revolver Magazine has teamed up with Line 6 to do a giveaway. One person will win a brand new Shuriken Variax guitar. To enter, you must sign up for the Revolver newsletter. At the time I am writing this, there are 12 days left to enter.

Shuriken Variax guitars resulted from a collaboration between Shuriken Guitars, Line 6 and Yamaha Guitar Development. They are modern, high-quality instruments featuring unique body shapes with contoured edges, Indian ebony fretboards, custom mid-gain humbucking pickups, and all of the sonic versatility provided by Variax HD technology.

One winner will receive 1 Shuriken Variax guitar from Line 6 and a one-year subscription to Revolver magazine. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.

As always, it is a good idea to read the Terms & Conditions of any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ends on September 23, 2018, at 11:59pm PST. This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Residents in Alabama and Nebraska must be 19 years of age or older.

Entrants must supply their full name, email address and zip code and join Revolver’s email newsletter. Entrants may also share the contest to earn additional entries (but this is not required to enter).

One winner will be selected by random drawing on or about September 24, 2018, from all eligible entries received during the sweepstakes period. No cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize is not transferrable. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

iZotope RX7 is Coming Soon!

iZotope announced that RX7 is coming soon. To celebrate, iZotope is has a sale where you can save up to 50% off RX6 and get a free upgrade to RX7 upon its release.

Since it was first released in 2007, RX has helped music and post production specialists push the barriers of what’s possible in audio repair. With RX7, we challenged ourselves to fix the unfixable.

Soon, you’ll be able to reshape the intonation of a dialogue performance, rebalance musical elements in a mix, isolate or remove vocals from a song – and all in multi-channel audio up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2.

What is coming in RX7:

  • Automatically reduce noise, clipping, clicks, and more
  • Reshape the intonation of dialogue to rescue or improve a performance
  • Remix vocals, bass and percussion
  • Isolate or even remove vocals from a stereo mix
  • Tackle audio issues that appear with multichannel support up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2

Starting September 1, buy any version of RX6 and get the equivalent version of RX7 when it’s released later this month. Choices include:

RX6 Advanced: Perfect for post production professionals and facilities.

  • Everything in RX Standard and Elements
  • Dialogue Isolate
  • De-rustle
  • De-wind
  • EQ & Ambience Match
  • 13 component plug-ins
  • Includes free upgrade to RX7 Advanced
  • Regular price $1,199 USD – On sale now for $799

RX6 Standard:

  • Everything in RX Elements
  • De-bleed
  • Breath Controller
  • Mouth De-click
  • Spectral Repair
  • Composite view
  • Includes a free upgrade to RX 7 Standard
  • Regular price $399 USD – On sale now for $299

RX6 Elements:

  • Stand-alone audio editor
  • Voice De-noise
  • De-click
  • De-clip
  • De-hum
  • Includes a free upgrade to RX7 Elements
  • Regular price $129 USD – On sale now for $99

TASCAM Unveils Model 24 Digital Multitrack Recorder

TASCAM has unveiled its Model 24 digital multitrack recorder/mixer/interface. Whether used for rehearsal, live shows, or studio production, this triple-function recording console perfectly meets the needs of today’s working and recording musician.

An excellent choice for live applications, TASCAM’s versatile new Model 24 digital multitrack recorder offers 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit’s onboard SD Card recorder.

The SD Card recorder offers quick, easy one-touch recording and includes transport controls, auto and manual punch in/out, and overdub capability. With color-coded knobs, faux-wood sides, and a retro design, the Model 24 is reminiscent of vintage TASCAM products but it’s based on the company’s industry leading digital Portastudio technology, as evidenced by its LCD screen and digital recording and Bluetooth input features.

Features Include:

  • All-in-One, Multitrack Recorder with 22 channel Mixer and USB Audio Interface
  • WAV 48kHz/24-bit, 24 channel multitrack recording to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  • Built-in USB Audio interface to send/receive audio data to/from DAW
  • 22 Inputs (20 Balanced, 12 Monaural, and 4 Stereo)
  • 16 TASCAM Microphone Preamps
  • Input Mode switch on every input channel
  • TASCAM Ultra-HDDA Mic Pre-amp (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range frequency (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 100kHz Low-cut Filter (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 7-band Graphic #EQ
  • 16 Pre-set Effects
  • 100mm Long-throw Faders for precise adjustment
  • Mute, Main/Sub, PLF switches on every input channel
  • Bluetooth input supporting both AAC and SBC codecs
  • SUB Outputs via XLR Balanced and RCA Unbalanced connectors
  • LINE Inputs via RCA Pin and 1 /8” Stereo Mini jacks
  • 3 AUX Outputs (Monitor 1, Monitor 2, FX)

Blue Microphones Introduced Yeti Nano

Blue Microphones has introduced Yeti Nano. It is the perfect compact mic for streaming and content creating. It is currently priced at $99.99 on the Blue Microphones website.

Yeti Nano is a premium USB microphone designed for broadcast-quality podcasting, YouTube productions, game streaming, Skype/VoIP and voiceover work. Inspired by the #1-selling Blue Yeti microphone, Yeti Nano features 24-bit sound quality, a compact design, and plug ‘n play operation for instant streaming with your PC or Mac. The premium finish looks great on camera and on any desktop. With a no-latency headphone output for headphone volume, mic mute and pickup pattern, Yeti Nano is the essential mic for today’s broadcasters.

Yeti Nano Polar Patterns:

Cardioid Mode: Perfect for podcasters with a single host, game streaming, Skype calls, vocal performances, voiceovers and instruments. Cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, delivering rich, full-bodied sound.

Omnidirectional: Record or stream sound equally from all around the mic. Omnidirectional mode is best used in situations when you want to have a conference call with multiple participants in the same room, or a multi-person interview on a podcast.

Features include:

  • Legendary Blue broadcast sound quality
  • Cardioid and Omni pickup patterns
  • Supports sample rates up to 24-bit/48k-Hz
  • No-latency headphone output, headphone volume and mic mute
  • Perfect for podcasting, game streaming, Skype calls, YouTube or music recording
  • Plug ‘n play – Mac and PC compatible
  • Standard threading for optional Radius III shockmount and/or Compass boom arm
  • Blue Sherpa companion app for streamlined control and firmware updates

Nikon Introduces the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6

Nikon introduced the full-frame Nikon FX-format mirrorless cameras Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount.

The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.

The Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide range of ISO 100-51200 standard sensitivities. With superior performance at high sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs such as shooting in dimly lit environments, and movie recording.

Primary features of the Z 7 and Z 6 include:

  • Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase detection AF pixels
  • A hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area
  • The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creative imaging expression
  • An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view
  • An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive operation
  • Movie functions such as 10-bit N-Log that captures a wide dynamic range, and timecoding, responding to professional needs
  • Nikon’s first in-camera vibration reduction with approx. 5.0-stop effectiveness

In addition, Nikon also released three new lenses compatible with the Nikon Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which a new larger-diameter mount has been adopted, as well as the Mount Adaptor FTZ.

The three new lenses are the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8S, and the standard NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8S.

They are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control.