Arturia announced some big news at NAMM: In addition to unveiling its Roland Jupiter-8 emulation—Jupiter-8V (Mac/Win; $249)—the company pulled the curtain on its first hardware synth, the Origin ($2,999). MORE.
The company formerly known as Sonic Implants, SoniVox, announced its new LoopLine collection of loop libraries this week. Titles in the line include Bent Circuits, Dirty Drums, Brushed Beats, Melted Hits, and more. LoopLine is part of the company's new Get Heard campaign, which will allow users to submit tracks created with LoopLine products to be posted on the SoniVox Web site.
Sony Oxford is releasing AU versions of its signal-processing plug-ins. Native versions of EQ, Dynamics, and Limiter will be available immediately, with Inflator, Transient Modulator, Reverb, and Restoration Tools to follow shortly. Prices start at $207, and those who purchase the Native versions will also receive RTAS licenses for Digidesign Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered.
In other NAMM news, Tapco has introduced the Thump TH-15A ($449.99) active loudspeaker with two-way bass reflex. In addition to Class D circuitry and a 15-inch woofer, the Thump TH-15A features a 3-band EQ with sweepable mids and a polypropylene enclosure. Units will be available in February 2007.
The Axon AX 50 USB ($549) guitar-to-MIDI controller from TerraTec Producer also made its debut at NAMM this week. Designed for guitar, bass, and violin, the controller packs a USB port with four virtual MIDI ports, a 32-bit processor, a software editor (Mac/Win), a built-in tuner, and 128 programmable sounds based on Native Instruments Kontakt.
New EM Cast!
The January 2007 issue of EM's monthly podcast offers a feature interview with New York-based producer/engineer Bob Power (Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Me'shell N'degeOcello, the Roots, etc.), as well as product news, a preview of the February 2007 issue of EM, and much more.
Required Reading—New in Mixbooks
Modern Recording and Mixing, formerly titled The Basics of Modern Recording and Mixing, is now available. This two-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. MORE.
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