This week at Musikmesse 2007, Behringer unveiled some new toys: the Truth B3031A and B3030A two-way active studio reference monitors; and the U-Control UMA25S, a 25-key USB MIDI controller keyboard. MORE.
In keeping with Musikmesse news, IK Multimedia made several announcements: AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix will ship in April 2007; Sonik Instruments is the new series of virtual instrument plug-ins from IK and Sonic Reality; and SampleTank 2.5, with new auxiliary and master insert effects, will be available in May 2007. MORE.
New from JazzMutant is the Dexter DAW Controller—a Lemur-style, multitouch control surface that mimics the look of your DAW's mixer and lets you control the DAW on Dexter's screen. In addition, Jazzmutant has also announced version 1.6 for the Lemur multitouch surface controller. MORE.
Native Instruments has announced Kore 2 ($499), which now includes its own sound library, a revised user interface, a better sound browser for faster searching and auditioning, and an improved hardware controller. MORE.
The nio 2 | 4 is Novation's latest interface. At a glance, the nio 2 | 4 features Direct FX technology, allowing all effects to be used in real time; a multi-effects engine that includes guitar amp simulations, filters, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, distortion, EQ, reverb, tremolo, and more; two headphone outputs; two inputs; two monitor dials and independent switching between monitor mixes; MIDI I/O; Mac/PC compatibility; and USB connectivity. Novation expects to ship the interface sometime this spring.
Skip the prelude and move on to Steinberg's Sequel (Mac/Win; $99), a "one-window" music studio that includes the basics for creating and performing music on a computer. With Sequel, you get 3.5 GB of loops, sounds, and effects; over 600 instruments; a virtual mixer, and more. According to the manufacturer, a Sequel song can be rearranged and remixed live, making it ideal for performing songs live from a laptop.