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Audio Impressions Releases “70-Piece Orchestra — London”70-Piece String Orchestra — London is the first commercially available library to license DVZ Realtime Orchestrator technology. This process automatically divides chords into correct instrument sections no matter where notes are played on the keyboard, and cures the unrealistic volume build-up (organ effect) generated by playing string chords with conventional libraries. www.audio impressions.com
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Sony MDR-7509HD Professional Headphones

The MDR-7509HD headphones introduce new HD driver units capable of 80kHz ultra-wide range reproduction, and eliminate pressure on the ear during periods of extended use. www.sony.com

Alesis Control Pad

This USB/MIDI percussion pad controller is designed to serve as both a performance instrument and MIDI programming tool for studio recording. It features eight velocity-sensitive pads and two trigger inputs for connecting external pads. www.alesis.com

Line 6 Gold and Silver GearBox Plug-In Bundles

The Mac AU/PC VST GearBox Plug-In Silver Bundle ($419.99) includes 18 guitar amp and 24 cab models from POD xt, 5 bass amp models from Bass POD xt, 6 vintage and modern mic preamps, and 30 studio and stompbox effects. The Plug-In Gold Bundle ($699.99) adds many additional plug-ins. Both packages include the TonePort DI USB guitar interface. www.line6.com

Audix VX-5 Hand Held Condenser Mic

The VX-5 ($299) features a 14mm gold vapor diaphragm, supercardioid polar pattern, –10dB pad and bass roll-off filter, steel mesh grill screen, and black satin finish. It handles sound pressure levels of 144dB (in the pad and roll-off position) without distortion and also provides over 20dB of ambient noise rejection for feedback control. www. audixusa.com

Sony Next-Generation Hi-MD Recorder

The Hi-MD MZ-M200 ($439.95) includes USB 2.0 for high-speed uploading to Windows/Mac computer and a high-quality stereo mic. The MZ-M200 accepts removable 1GB Mini Discs for up to 94 minutes of uncompressed recording time, and up to 34 hours in ATRAC3 plus format. www.sony.com

Steinberg WaveLab Studio 6

WaveLab Studio 6 ($399) is a streamlined version of its industry-standard WaveLab 6 audio editing/mastering application. Tailored for project studios and professional musicians, WaveLab Studio 6 offers stereo and multi-track editing along with CD burning features. www.steinberg.net

Ableton Live 6

The latest version of Live ($599) offers Quicktime video support, an 8GB multisample library, customizable racks of instruments and effects, multicore support, enhanced project management tools, the ability to edit “frozen” tracks, and improved MIDI control. Sampler, Ableton’s new optional multisample instrument, is also available. www.ableton.com

Yamaha GO46 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

The bus-powered GO46 ($449) features two front mounted combo inputs (with independent phantom power and gain), two inserts, headphone out, and a total of 4 ins and 6 outs with recording resolution up to 24 bit/192kHz. A bundled cross-platform PC/Mac software suite includes Cubase LE, Groove Agent SE, HALion SE, Sample Tank SE, Sonic Synth 2 SE, Amplitube LE and T-Racks EQ. www.yamaha.com

New Book on Home Studio Acoustics

Acoustic Design for the Home Studio, by former EQ editor Mitch Gallagher, is a guide to making any space sound better. Whether bedroom, garage, basement, bonus room, or closet, this book shows how to optimize the space acoustically. It’s jargon-free, easy to understand, and helps improve your studio regardless of your budget. www.courseptr.com

Line 6 TonePort KB37 Audio/Keyboard Interface

The cross-platform compatible TonePort KB37 audio interface ($414.99) delivers Line 6 guitar, bass, and vocal tone via GearBox software, with the added convenience of an integrated 37-note keyboard controller (including expression pedal input) for controlling GearBox’s wah and volume pedal effects. www.line6.com

CME Bitstream 3X 3-Axis MIDI Controller

This compact desktop controller ($399.99) for virtual instruments, DAWs, and other MIDI hardware is the only 3 axis (X,Y, and Z) controller on the market. It includes 35 knobs, 8 sliders, 16 buttons, joystick, crossfader, and infrared controller. The joystick controls the X and Y axis while the infrared beam controls the Z axis. www.cme-pro.com

ADAM Sub8 Powered Subwoofer

The Sub8 compact subwoofer ($699) extends the low end of any near field monitoring system. It houses an 8" woofer with a large 50mm voice coil and is driven by a 160W ICE power amp. The front baffle features two remote-controlled, motorized knobs that tailor input level and crossover frequency settings; the unit also provides onboard 2.1 bass management. www.adam-audio.com

ALTO Digan Series Digital Equalizers

The Digan Series of digital equalizers consists of the Digan 2.7 (2 x 7 bands, $149), Digan 2.14 (2 x 14 bands, $189), and Digan 2.30 (2 x 30 bands, $269). All models work like traditional analog equalizers; for further convenience, a USB port provides digital interfacing and the unit ships with a Windows PC Editor, so you can edit the curve from your laptop and save your settings in one of the resident memory presets. www.altoproaudio.com

Audio-Technica Next-Generation Artist Series Mics

A-T has added new mics to the line, while upgrading classic models for a comprehensive selection of vocal, instrument and drum mics. The series consists of the ATM410 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Mic ($169), ATM610 Hypercardioid Dynamic Vocal Mic ($249), ATM710 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic ($299), ATM250 Hypercardioid Condenser Instrument Mic ($329), ATM250DE Dual-Element Instrument Mic ($549), ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-on Instrument Mic ($449), ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Side-address Instrument Mic ($369), and ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Mic ($169). www.audio-technica.com

DUY Magic Spectrum Mastering Tool

Available for TDM, RTAS, Audio Units, VST, and MAS/MOTU for Mac, DUY Magic Spectrum is a mastering tool that allows spectrum matching (where the spectrum of one song can be superimposed on another), but also offers an advanced mode that allows graphic editing of a song’s spectrum. www.duy.es

CEntrance Releases Free ASIO Latency Test Utility

CEntrance’s ASIO Latency Test Utility (LTU) is available as a free download. This precision Microsoft Windows tool measures the true round-trip latency of your computer audio setup, from input to output via an ASIO driver. You can use the LTU to test different hardware, drivers, and applications. Accuracy is within 0.5 ms. www.centrance.com

Cakewalk Releases Free Expansion Packs

Rapture Expansion Pack 1 and Dimension Pro Expansion Pack 1 are available now to registered customers at the Cakewalk website. Each pack includes 350 new programs and hundreds of new samples and wavetables. www.cakewalk.com

Sonic Reality Releases Sonic Reality Rex Paks

Offering different combinations of drum and percussion grooves, fills and variations, instrument riffs, construction kits and other production elements, Rex Paks ($79) are designed to be easy to use and universally compatible. Initial releases are Vintage Soul Grooves, Hip Hop: Dirty South, Electronic: Drum n Bass, Sixties MTown Grooves, Vintage Rock Grooves, and Nashville Pop Grooves. www.sonicreality.com

AudioSkin Cable Organizer

The AudioSkin ($16.99, distributed by FMI Wholesale) collects loose cables and zippers them into one snake with a twist of the wrist. Great for both studio and stage, you can say goodbye to spaghetti cable messes. www.audioskin.net

Crest Performance CPX 2.0 and CPX 3.0 Power Amps

With power ratings up to 3,000 watts, the Crest Performance CPX Series combines high-power ratings and MI-style value. CPX amps feature a variable crossover on each channel, plus variable low-pass filters and an amp function switch that selects high, low, or full-range operation. www.crestaudio.com