Audio-Technica has announced three new Artist Series vocal microphones: the ATM410 ($169) cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, the ATM610 ($249) hypercardioid dynamic vocal microphone, and the ATM710 ($299) cardioid condenser vocal microphone. Frequency response ranges from 90-16,000 Hz for the ATM410; 40-16,000 Hz for the ATM610; and 40-20,000 Hz for the ATM710. All of the microphones feature a Hi-Energy neodymium magnet; output via a low-impedance, three-pin XLRM-type connector; and an all-metal design.
Line 6 is also shipping GearBox Plug-in Silver ($384.99) and Gold ($699.99) bundles, both of which feature a collection of programmed presets and the TonePort DI USB guitar interface with ToneDirect monitoring. Both packages include AU and VST plug-in support; RTAS support is planned for Summer 2007.
MakeMusic, Inc. has released NotePad 2007 (Mac/Win), the latest version of the free music-notation software. New features include Universal Binary support, full compatibility with Finale 2007, and speed and redraw enhancements for Mac users.
Precisionsound has released Greek Lira ($49) for Steinberg Halion and Native Instruments Kontakt. This collection presents the Lira, a traditional three-stringed instrument used in the Mediterranean, in a non-traditional way. According to the manufacturer, the Lira was sampled to sound more like an "ethno violin" (with pizzicato and staccato articulations, for example) than a lira. The sample set contains 254 24-Bit WAV files divided into 28 programs for Kontakt and 25 programs for Halion.