Product News for August 24, 2006

E-mu Xboard 61 USB/MIDI controller, IK Multimedia Universal updates, Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1, Neumann KM D digital microphone series, Rain Recording digital media workstation, Roland, Fixed Noise, IK Multimedia and more
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E-mu has released the Xboard 61 USB/MIDI controller (Mac/Win; $249.99), which features 61 full-size keys with Aftertouch, 16 programmable real-time control knobs, and 16 patch select/program change buttons. It also comes with Xboard Control editing software and the Proteus X v. 1.5 Desktop Sound Module.

IK Multimedia has announced Universal updates for AmpliTube 1 Live and T-RackS 24. The updates are free for users who registered after April 1, 2006; however, those who registered before that date have to purchase the updates for $49.

Native Instruments has announced the Audio Kontrol 1 compact USB 2.0 audio interface (Mac/Win; $299) that features a mic preamp, a Hi-Z instrument input and a headphone amp, and four assignable controls. The Audio Kontrol comes bundled with software, including Xpress Keyboards, Guitar Combos, and Traktor 3 LE.

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Neumann has introduced the KM D digital microphone series. The modular KM 183 D, the KM 184 D, and the KM 185 D combine omni, cardioid, and supercardioid capsules with the KM D output stage. They also have integrated DSP functions (gain, compressor/limiter with de-esser, and peak limiter) that can be configured and controlled remotely via the DMI-2 digital microphone interface and the RCS remote control software.

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Rain Recording has released Event, a palm-sized digital media workstation ($1,595.95) that allows you to record, play back, edit, burn, and transport media, as well as store music, movies, and photos.

Roland has announced that the SH-201 synthesizer now supports Apple's AU plug-in format. The new feature allows the SH-201 editor to be accessed from within Logic, Digital Performer, Live, GarageBand, and other AU-compatible DAWs. The driver, which has also been updated to support Intel-based Macs, is available for download from Roland's Web site.