Universal Audio ships UAD-2 Live Rack MADI effects processor

Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is pleased to announce UAD-2 Live Rack for live sound engineers.

UAD-2 Live Rack is a 16-channel MADI effects processor, allowing users to apply Realtime UAD Processing with MADI-enabled digital consoles. UAD-2 Live Rack provides a hardware and software system for integrating the entire library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins into a live sound environment — all at near-zero latency.

Users can combine up to four Live Rack units to process up to 64 MADI channels. Each UAD-2 Live Rack hardware unit features four UAD-2 DSP SHARC processors for running UAD plug-ins at sub-2 milliseconds latency.

With the included Live Rack application, front-of-house engineers can take advantage of intuitive features such as drag and drop, copy and paste, keyboard navigation, plug-in zoom, and the ability to store and recall channel strip presets and/or complete setup configuration snapshots.

Live sound engineers can choose between Core and Ultimate plug-in bundles for their UAD-2 Live Rack, both of which include the UAD Antares Auto-Tune Realtime plug-in, enabling low latency pitch correction during live performance.

UAD-2 Live Rack Core includes a generous suite of UAD plug-ins right out of the box, including the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176LN compressors, Pultec EQs, among others. UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate includes over 90 UAD plug-ins, with exclusive titles from SSL,® Studer,®Neve,® Manley,® Lexicon,® API,® Fender,® Moog,® and many more.

UAD-2 Live Rack is now shipping worldwide with an estimated street price of $2,999 USD for the UAD-2 Live Rack Core bundle, and $5,999 for the UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate bundle.

UAD-2 Live Rack — Key Features:

  • 16-channel MADI effects processor with Realtime UAD Processing
  • UAD-2 QUAD DSP processor allows access to full library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins at near-zero latency
  • Combine up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units to process 64 MADI channels
  • Includes purpose-built UAD-2 Live Rack application for fast operation of Realtime UAD Processing and session snapshot management
  • Includes studio compressors, EQs, channel strips, pitch correction emulations, and more as part of either the Core or Ultimate plug-in bundles
  • Dual-redundant internal power supplies ensure audio processing will continue if one power supply fails

Learn more about the UAD-2 Live Rack:
www.uaudio.com/uad-accelerators/uad2-live-rack

About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.”www.uaudio.com

Porter & Davies launch BC-X

Porter & Davies, world renowned for their tactile monitoring systems are delighted to announce the launch of the new BC-X, a super-mini version of their highly sought after BC2 and BC Gigster. This new, pint-sized version comes with simplified professional standard features and a price as streamlined as its size.

Four years in the making, the BC-X has the same quality build, identical response time and many of the same superior components as the BC2 and BC Gigster. It packs a serious punch, despite its diminutive size!
The BC-X features the company’s brand new, unique TT1 Precision Devices Transducer built into the top of the patented throne. This uses bone conduction to deliver a potent, accurate reproduction of what is being played, without sound. The new transducer allows the BC-X to deliver seventy-five to eighty percent of the power and performance of the BC2 and Gigster systems.

At less than a third of the weight of the BC2 and more than ten percent lighter than the BC Gigster the new engine is highly portable. It is supplied with a comfortable, all vinyl, 13” round throne. Both fit comfortable into a bespoke All-In-One Hardcase which is available as an optional extra.

All this has enabled the company to significantly reduce the stage footprint of the unit and reduce the price to £479 plus VAT. The BC-X is available now, exclusively fromhttps://www.porteranddavies.co.uk/shop.
As with all Porter & Davies tactile monitoring systems, the BC-X enables drummers to connect with their kit whilst playing in a totally tangible way, allowing them to feel and experience their bass drum as well as hear it. The ultra-compact BC-X punches way above its weight, making it suitable for touring, gigging, studio work as well as at home.
US Drummer, Scott Persson recently bought one of the new BC-Xs and is touring with it now. He says ‘……. the BC-X in action last night. Felt amazing! Thanks for a great product. And the seat feels great… Top notch’
To find out more about the BX-C and the other Porter & Davies products, go to https://www.porteranddavies.co.uk/products/, or to buy one please go to https://www.porteranddavies.co.uk/shop.

Symetrix announces release of SymVue for Control Server

Symetrix,  manufacturer of high performance audio hardware and software for the installed sound market, has announced the release of the highly anticipated SymVue software for their Control Server hardware.

Awarded Best Of Show at this year’s ISE show, SymVue is a server-based application designed to control Symetrix DSPs. SymVue enables custom GUIs authored using Symetrix’ Composer running on the Symetrix Control Server hardware. Application-specific control screens can be designed and tested in minutes, without writing any code.

With SymVue deployed on Symetrix Control Server hardware, Symetrix DSPs can respond to commands from any browser-enabled device – laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. SymVue’s WYSIWYG designs render in all popular web browsers and adapt to screens of different sizes, resolutions, and orientations. Parameter changes remain in sync across all networked devices including Composer, ARC Wall Panels and ARC-WEB, third-party controllers, and SymVue clients on Windows PCs.

Cost-effective server-based Control Server hardware distributes SymVue, along with existing and upcoming Symetrix apps, to one or multiple users across a wired network or via built-in Wi-Fi, hosting a virtually unlimited number of users and configurations. Multiple users can operate SymVue, each with a unique username and password. Each installation of SymVue for Control Server also includes five available configurations of the application, as well as five available configurations of the Mixer application, enabling users to quickly create intricate and complex systems right out of the box. SymVue for Control Server virtually eliminates device and operating system compatibility issues. There are no app stores to deal with, no updates to enforce, or out of date network applications running loose on the network. Security and user access is centrally managed and enforced, enabling administrators to quickly and easily deal with changes and reconfiguration.

“We’re truly excited about the release of SymVue for Control Server,” remarked Symetrix Senior Product Manager Trent Wagner. “We’re particularly honored to receive a Best of Show award, with so many great products and technologies at this year’s ISE show.”

For more information, please visit http://www.symetrix.co/products/symvue-software/

About Symetrix

With unrelenting focus, Symetrix delivers high-performance audio DSP hardware and software backed by the highest caliber of customer care. Early-stage implementation of Dante™ network audio is just one of many ways Symetrix continues to lead with innovation in the commercial AV industry.

Halter Technical introduces Scene Monitor – a premium comfort headphone

Halter Technical LLC, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer of audio products for the broadcast and video production industry are excited to introduce the Scene Monitor headphone. Designed to fill the gap in the market for an inexpensive, quality headphone, the Scene Monitor is comfortable enough for producers, directors, script supervisors, loggers, and editors to wear for an entire workday without fatigue.

While there are thousands of headphones on the market, the new Scene Monitor offers many features that professionals working with sound have previously never had all in one package. Scene Monitor has a quality build and is easy to repair.  It features a single, straight 3-foot cable that won’t kink or catch like coiled cables.  It is compatible with IFB receivers from Comtek, Sennheiser, Zaxcom, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom, and ALL devices with a stereo 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Halter Technical Scene Monitor accomplishes all of this and more.  Best of all, the Scene Monitor is available at an affordable enough price that it can be purchased on a per show or project basis.  Included in the package is one headphone, one set of leather earpads, and one set of silicone earpads.  Now, customers have the option of using the earpads they find best for their client, and have a spare set at their disposal.

Scene Monitor is available in two different SKU’s.  Customers may purchase a single Scene Monitor  (Model No. HTSM1) or as a 10-Pack (Model No. HTSM1-PACK).  These options offer a convenient and cost effective way to outfit an individual, or a show or facility with the perfect work headphone solution.

Both the HTSM1 single Scene Monitor and HTSM1-PACK Scene Monitor 10-Pack are now available from all of Halter Technical’s retail partners.

About Halter Technical LLC

Located in Los Angeles, CA, Halter Technical is a manufacturer of high quality audio equipment for the world’s broadcast and video production markets. Founded by Doc Justice, an experienced veteran Production Sound Mixer and Audio Supervisor, Halter Technical’s mission is to scrutinize the production audio marketplace to discover inefficiencies, and to reinvigorate the industry.

Halter Technical: Never Settle For Standard.

For additional information, visit the company online at www.haltertechnical.com.

Logitech agrees to acquire Blue Microphones

Logitech has announced plans to acquire Blue Microphones—and we are super excited about it! Blue’s mission is to help our users find and amplify their voice by making the coolest microphones on the planet, and we’re going to keep doing exactly that.  With Logitech’s vast resources behind us, we can be supercharged. We can be better, stronger, faster…

We have a lot in common with Logitech. Our products are all about the marriage of great design and stellar performance, and so are theirs. We both have strong brands in the gaming market. We make the most popular streaming mic, they make the most popular streaming cam. And we both want to put excellent, high-performance gear on every desktop.

Blue CEO John Maier:

“With Logitech’s vast resources and incredible reach, Blue will be on a much bigger stage from the beginning. The end result is fulfilling our ultimate purpose – helping as many of our users find and amplify their voice as we can!”

So here’s the deal: all of us here at Blue will keep creating cool stuff for professional musicians, gamers, podcasters, YouTubers, and streamers; Logitech will help us conquer the world. It’s a great partnership full of possibilities. And our new extended Logi family also includes Ultimate Ears, Jaybird, Logitech G and Astro Gaming. Nice.

Last but not least, we have some great new products in development, so stay tuned–there’s a lot to look forward to! As fun as the last 10 years have been, we’re just getting warmed up. Please join us in celebrating this next exciting chapter in Blue’s history!

Check out Logitech’s blog for more info.

www.bluemic.com

Pro Sound Effects releases Beautiful Bugs library

Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released Beautiful Bugs- the fourth exclusive library from their partnership with renowned recordist and film sound pioneer, Ann Kroeber. Beautiful Bugs features an expressive collection of natural and designed insect sound effects including rhythmic cicada swells, dense locust drones, mosquito cries, isolated fly buzzes and more.

Kroeber, along with her late partner Alan Splet, are celebrated for innovating the evocative use of sound effects in film. With decades of experience and material from countless projects as a recordist, sound designer, and effects editor, Kroeber created Sound Mountain – an acclaimed, extensive recording collection providing sound for many award-winning films and games.

The Beautiful Bugs library features artful insect sound effects that were recorded and designed by Kroeber and Splet while working on major feature films including David Lynch’s Blue Velvetand Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast. These masterful recordings were captured on excursions in the jungle of Belize, Alaskan wilderness, muggy summertime North Carolina, and an insect lab in Berkeley, California.

“These insect sounds are very special to me. They can really give mystery and depth to a scene,” says Ann Kroeber. “This is the first time I’ve made them widely available, and I’m excited to finally share them with the next generation of sound artists to use in their own projects.”

BEAUTIFUL BUGS KEY FEATURES:

  • 88 sound effects (2.55GB)
  • 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files
  • Descriptive embedded metadata
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • Download or flash drive delivery (+$40)

View Beautiful Bugs Library Full Features & Download Free Sampler

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Beautiful Bugs sound effects library is available now at $129 for a one-user lifetime license. A free sampler including two WAV files selected from the library is available for immediate download at prosoundeffects.com/bugs.

2+ users? Contact licensing@prosoundeffects.com.

ABOUT PRO SOUND EFFECTS®:

Pro Sound Effects® develops highly curated sound effects libraries for sound artists, editors, designers, audio engineers, media companies, schools and nonprofits. Award-winning creators and companies in film and television, video games, virtual reality, and advertising rely on PSE libraries every day to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and deliver their best sound always. Based in Brooklyn since 2004, PSE continues to push the industry forward with their comprehensive General Libraries, storied Specialty Libraries, progressive Freelancer Program, flexible multi-user licensing, and client-driven library development.

PreSonus announces major StudioLive Series III update and free plug-ins

PreSonus has released version 1.9 firmware for its popular StudioLive Series III digital consoles and rack mixers. The update includes enhanced support for PreSonus AVB networked products, including the EarMix 16M and NSB-series stage boxes, as well as improving mixer performance. All StudioLive Series III console and rack mixer owners are strongly encouraged to update their firmware to version 1.9 to take advantage of the performance improvements.

PreSonus also announced that for a limited time, users of StudioLive Series III consoles and rack mixers can download the company’s Vintage Channel Strips Bundle of Fat Channel plug-ins for free. The Vintage Channel Strips Bundle comprises four meticulously crafted emulations of highly regarded vintage audio processors: Classic Compressor, Vintage 3-Band EQ, Tube P1B Compressor, and Tube Midrange EQ.

Utilizing state-of-the-art State Space Modeling technology, engineers at PreSonus Software Ltd. in Hamburg, Germany, closely modeled the sound and response of the original hardware processors, including every circuit, harmonic, and nuance. These plug-ins load in a StudioLive Series III console or rack mixer’s Fat Channel, expanding the Fat Channel processor library much like plug-ins do in a DAW. Each plug-in comes in both StudioLive Series III format and Studio One format so you can use them in both mixer and DAW Fat Channels. There are no DSP limitations on the number of plug-in instances, and the plug-ins can be used on every input channel.

For more information on how to update StudioLive Series III mixer firmware, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKRDJgCpQQM.

To download the plug-ins, please visit https://shop.presonus.com/products/Fat-Channel-Plug-in-Bundles-Vintage-Channel-Strips-Bundle.

About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Samson launches mono passive isolation box for optimal sound stabilization

Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio products, announces today the launch of the MLI1 Mono Passive Isolation Box. The MLI1 is a line level passive isolation box designed to remove the hum and buzz caused by ground loops and to convert unbalanced signals to balanced signals for long cable runs. Combining premium sound circuitry with durable, roadworthy con­struction, the MLI1 provides high-quality signal connection solu­tions for live, broadcast and studio applications. The Samson MLI1 is now available for $39.99 at all major MI and CE retailers.

Flat Frequency Response

The MLI1 features Samson’s STL transformer that delivers an extended, ruler flat frequency response from 10Hz–35kHz (±0.2dB) with ultra-low distortion. The transformer isolates the input signal from the output signal, removing any DC noise. The Ground Lift switch disconnects the ground from the Input and Output connections, eliminating the hum caused by ground loops.

Roadworthy Construction

Housed in a 14-gauge steel chassis, the MLI1 is built to withstand the abuse of the most demanding live tours. Its rigid outer shell protects all the MLI1’s internal connections, switches and solder joints from failure, ensuring quiet, reliable performance.

Product Features:

  • Mono line isolation box eliminates hum and buzz caused by ground loops
  • Samson STL transformer isolates input and output signals
  • Flexible connectivity with 1/4″ and XLR input and output connections
  • Ruler flat frequency response from 10Hz–35kHz
  • All-metal, impact resistant design

Product Specifications:

Type:                                      Mono passive isolation box

Frequency Response:           10Hz–35kHz (±0.2dB typical), up to 75kHz (-1dB)

Maximum Input:                     +15dBu @ 41Hz for <1% THD+N

Dynamic Range:                    >140dB

Gain:                                        +0.2dB

Rejection:                               50/60Hz 126dB typical

Equivalent Input Noise:        -115dBu

Intermodulation Distortion:  0.003%

Total Harmonic Distortion:   0.0006%

Input Impedance:                  7.7kO

Output Impedance:               600O nominal

Transformer:                          Samson STL

Ground Lift:                            Disconnects ground from input to output

Connectors:                          Input: XLR-1/4″ combo

Output:XLR + 1/4″ TRS

Chassis Construction:         Powder coated, 14-gauge steel chassis

Product Dimensions:           4.25” x 2.25” x 1.75” (110mm x 54mm x 46mm)

Product Weight:                    0.7lb (320g)

Note: All specifications are with a 50O balanced source @ 1kHz, -10dBu and 10k load, except as noted.

About Samson

Samson Technologies began in 1980 as a pioneer in wireless microphone technology. Today, Samson is an industry leader in professional audio solutions whose products are known for their fidelity and reliability. Samson products are preferred by recording artists, performers, educators and audio professionals throughout the world.

To connect with Samson, visit samsontech.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Avid’s powerful next-generation MediaCentral platform now available

Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider of software tools and platforms that power the media and entertainment industry, today announced the immediate availability of the next-generation, web-based version ofMediaCentral®,  Avid’s industry-leading media production and management platform. By streamlining the entire workflow, MediaCentral enables customers to create better content faster, deliver to more outlets and devices, and maximize the value of their media. Customers also benefit from MediaCentral | Cloud UX, Avid’s responsive and intuitive user interface that makes it easy to search, access, edit, collaborate, and publish content from the ultimate convenience of any workstation, laptop, or mobile device they choose.

MediaCentral’s groundbreaking modular design delivers a full suite of apps, services, and connectors, providing unprecedented scalability, extensibility and speed on the job for media production, including television programs, news and sports broadcasts, films, or live TV and events. Every production team member is connected in a completely integrated workflow that offers a unified view into all media assets—whether on premises, or in a private data center, the public cloud, or a hybrid environment.

At MediaCentral’s core is the next-generation MediaCentral platform engine that delivers powerful yet simple capabilities including automated content indexing, workflow orchestration, centralized administration, and streamlined software deployment. These major advancements enable customers to find and access media assets from any location, turn content around faster and deliver to diverse channels and devices, while automating their workflows.

“Our next-generation MediaCentral production suite gives creative teams across news, sports, post production and live production the power to create and deliver more content to all their media outlets in less time than ever before,” said Dana Ruzicka, Chief Product Officer, Avid. “MediaCentral’s total deployment flexibility accommodates the unique ways that our customers want to set up and manage their operations and easily supports how their teams do their work.  The platform positions content creators for increased creativity, productivity, and agility as they evolve to take command of their next opportunity.”

MediaCentral workflow modules include:

  • MediaCentral | Editorial Management: For smaller post production and broadcast teams, this affordable media management solution enables unmatched collaborative power, with folder, project, bin, metadata, and media sharing capabilities from any web browser.
  • MediaCentral | Production Management: For large broadcasters and media enterprises, this powerhouse production module simplifies and accelerates the entire media production workflow and enables greater collaboration in large scale environments.
  • MediaCentral | Newsroom Management: For news production teams, this module delivers story-centric workflows with unsurpassed efficiency that enable news teams to deliver breaking news across multiple channels faster than ever before.
  • MediaCentral | Graphics Management (planned for future release): For news and sports production, this powerful and easy-to-use graphics asset management solution enables journalists to access graphics templates and easily add compelling graphics to their stories from any device.
  • MediaCentral | Asset Management: For demanding broadcast, news, sports, and post production environments, this robust asset management module aggregates content from any source and automatically analyzes content to create a rich index of searchable metadata accessible from MediaCentral l Cloud UX, as well as from Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

MediaCentral Apps

MediaCentral offers a wide range of role-based apps that extend the capabilities of MediaCentral. Each app is optimized for a specific task in the media workflow, including searching and browsing media, researching the web and social media feeds, logging, editing, review and approval, publishing and more—all accessed from within the MediaCentral | Cloud UX interface to provide a consistent and unified user experience.

MediaCentral Services

MediaCentral Services enable a broad range of media workflows including content transformation, distribution, and social media publishing, as well as content indexing and search capabilities that leverage the latest advances in machine learning to provide deep insights into media libraries.

MediaCentral Connectors

MediaCentral connectors allow customers to easily extend their media MediaCentral workflows to many third-party applications, systems, and services from the growing ranks of Alliance partners in Avid’s certified partner ecosystem, the largest in the media and entertainment industry. Connectors are now available for a broad array of third-party solutions for archive, quality control, transcoding, WAN acceleration, CMS integration, as well as publishing to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

MediaCentral | Cloud UX

MediaCentral l Cloud UX is a redesigned, simple to use UI that provides unified access to the power of the MediaCentral platform from virtually any device anywhere, enabling tasks like search, editing, publishing, graphics, and distribution.

Avid’s next-generation MediaCentral production suite is available now. To learn more about the platform and explore the ecosystem of available modules, apps, services and connectors, please visit http://www.avid.com/products/mediacentral.

About Avid

Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, FastServe®, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram,TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

© 2018 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid NEXIS, FastServe, AirSpeed, iNews, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.

Cusack Music introduces the Resound Reverb

Cusack Music has unveiled their newest original design, the Resound Reverb pedal.  The Resound has eight reverb programs, and eight user programmable presets arranged in four banks of two.

See a Resound demo video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp7DPUWfRp4

Resound features include:

  • Eight reverb programs and eight user programmable presets
  • Large 10mm four color center LED to indicate bank, and Left and Right footswitch LEDs to indicate the preset selected within the bank
  • Dual presets allow for no loss transitions between two variants of the same program
  • Live mode for quick programming , controls can also be adjusted in the Preset mode
  • Two Parameter plus Decay controls specific for each program
  • Controls for Program, Mix, Level , Cascade, and Trails
  • “Extend” footswitch to instantly maximize Decay knob setting  during use
  • Stereo outputs , with Wet/Dry choice for second output
  • User can select Expression Pedal function as an option for the second output
  • All controls (including chosen EP function)  can save for each preset
  • 9V power supply only – no internal battery connection
  • Made in USA,  lifetime warranty

$279 MAP/street price. Go to cusackmusic.com for more info

Since 2002, Cusack Music has been a US manufacturer of high quality musical electronics.  From design and engineering to finish coat , printing, and final assembly, Cusack Music prides itself on having a “hands-on” approach to every aspect of our manufacturing process.