Product News for August 3, 2006

Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog Session, Audio-Technica interactive online demo, Digidesign Pro Tools HD 7.2 software, iZotope free record player simulator, Vinyl, new version and more

Applied Acoustics Systems has released Ultra Analog Session (Mac/Win; $99), a virtual instrument based on the synth engine of the Ultra Analog VA-1. It runs as a standalone application and supports DXi, VST, AU, and RTAS plug-in formats.

Audio-Technica has launched the "40 Series: Unmasked" interactive online demo, which allows you to access technical specifications while auditioning Audio Technica's 40 Series side-address condenser microphones.

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Digidesign has shipped Pro Tools HD 7.2 software (Mac/Win; $199; download version: $175). The update includes an enhanced automation package, extended video capabilities, and built-in dubber/stem recorder functionality. It also comes with the new SignalTools suite.

iZotope has released a new version of its free record player simulator, Vinyl. The updated version includes Universal Binary format for Intel Macs, X64 support for 64-bit host applications under Windows, and Pro Tools 7 support. Download Vinyl for free at iZotope's Web site.

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M-Audio has announced a new firmware update for the MicroTrack 24/96, available on M-Audio's Web site. PC users can get the update here, and Mac users can get it here.

Kid Nepro Productions has added a large inventory of used music equipment to its Web site. Now listed at are hundreds of hardware items for sale, including keyboards, computers, drum machines, sequencers, guitars, basses, and much more. All equipment is checked out by expert service technicians before being put up for sale, and most items come with a three-month warranty.

Read about the SE Electronics Z 5600 A multipattern tube condenser microphone in Electronic Musician's latest Product Review Spotlight.