1/12/2010 10:55 AM
The pro audio arena at NAMM is always a veritable sea of gadgetry, lots and lots of fun stuff to see and do. Here are just a few of the things we're looking forward to checking out at this year's show:
JBL has announced the release of the new LSR2300 series studio monitors. All three models in the line were designed in line with Linear Spatial Reference Design Criteria to achieve what they're calling "an exceptional level of performance at affordable price points." We can't wait to test this claim, preferably along with the MSC1 Monitor System Controller, which features the kind of monitor-strip features found in large mixing consoles. The MSC1 includes JBL's acclaimed RMC™ Room Mode Correction Technology tunes your speakers by taking into account room acoustics.
Learn more about JBL at www.jblpro.com or swing by Booth #7800 if you're going to be at the show, and tell 'em EQ sent you!
' new StudioLive 24.4.2
digital mixer 32-bit floating-point processing designed to eliminate digital clipping, while high-definition digital converters provide 118 dB dynamic range. Mic inputs a backed by Class A XMAX™ preamps, each channel has line inputs and insert points. There are four subgroups, 10 aux buses, stereo tape sends and returns, a talkback-mic input, and S/PDIF digital output. Two additional aux buses serve a pair of programmable, 32-bit, stereo effects processors. Four stereo 31-band graphic EQs are available to the main, subgroup, and aux outputs. The proprietary Fat Channel provides a 4-band fully parametric EQ, highpass filter, compressor, limiter, and gate on every channel, subgroup, and aux bus; the main outs; and the effects returns. A dual-port FireWire 32x26 audio interface works with any ASIO- or Core Audio-compliant audio application for Windows and Mac, and it comes bundled with PreSonus Capture 1.1 recording software, Studio One Artist DAW software, and the new VSL remote-control software for Mac and Windows. As if 24 channels aren’t enough, the StudioLive 24.4.2 can be daisy-chained with another StudioLive mixer (or with any FireStudio-series interface) via FireWire.
software allows control of the StuioLive mixer from a computer, presenting a visual overview of the StudioLive settings. Manipulate and organize settings, manage your presets and scenes, store and organize a library of presets, transfer them to your mixer they're needed. And the coolest part: The control is bidirectional, so fader moves and parameter changes made on the StudioLive are reflected in VSL as well. Even though we'll )hopefully) get to play with VSL at this year's NAMM show, the software is slated for release (on Mac and Windows platforms) in the first quarter of 2010, and will be a free download.
PreSonus also recently announced version 1.1 of its Studio One DAW
software, featuring a new key-command editor with Search and Learn functions for creating and modifying keyboard shortcuts, an Undo history viewing and undoing all edits done since the file was last opened, and dynamic time stretching to change tempos within an event. An Upload as Digital Release option has been added as well, enabling users to include album and song art, and upload songs, art, and metadata to the Soundcloud Web service (http://soundcloud.com/). The PreSonus Presence virtual instrument has been redesigned, upgraded to 96 voices, and enhanced with effects; the Impact VI now includes Velocity layers, an envelope Hold parameter, and a multimode filter; and the file Browser has been outfitted with a MIDI preview player which empowers quantization of MIDI note ends (Note Off), as well as Note On messages.
Learn more about all the new PreSonus goodies at www.presonus.com
, and if you'll be joining us at the show, stop by PreSonus at booth #6800 for a hands-on demo.
When it comes to drums, we're really hyped to take a look at the Yamaha DTX900 Series Electronic Drum System
. The new DTX-PAD — i.e. the drums' striking surface — features a Textured Cellular Silicone (TCS) head that was designed with input from Yamaha's stable of drum artists. In addition to a sequencer, the DTX900 uses pro Motif and DSP effects, and can be utilized as a VST controller. The feature set looks pretty sweet:
- New 12” XP120S Snare Pad
- Two 10” XP100T and two 12” XP120T Floor Tom Pads
- Featuring the expandable HEXRACK System
- Matte Chrome finished hoops for strength and looks
- Shock-absorbing mounting system
- Updated Kick Pad with reinforced head
- 1,115 drum and percussion, 211 MOTIF GM melody voices
- Onboard sampler with dedicated effects (with optional DIMM)
- USB connectivity
- Realistic feeling hi-hat pad with HS740A stand
Check out the DTX900 online HERE.
Yahama's Motif XS is a heavy hitter in the workstation market, and with the Motif XSpand Your World promotion, Yamaha is offering over 700 MB of free instrument libraries for free download including the S700 piano from the S90ES, as well as three new premium drum kits from Ocean Way and Sonic Reality DrumMasters.
Another free download is Sonic Reality’s Drum Masters XSpand Your World 2 Style Kits, which include multi-sampled recordings of the Blues Kit and the Yamaha Jazz Birch, plus 256 Drum Arpeggios from Keyfax.
To get these downloads, CLICK HERE and use the Redeem Code PROMO-OWDXS when prompted. (Just FYI… Due to License Agreements, users must create an account at DownlodableSoundz.com to access the free downloads.)
If you’re heading to the NAMM show this year, visit Yamaha in the Marriot Ballroom.