NetworkSound Releases Mamba XLR Patch Bay

mambaNetworkSound has released their 16 Point Reversible XLR Combo to XLR Patch Bay, designed to allow for a simple solution to patching 16 XLR connections within one rack unit.

The solution provided by NetworkSound and their Mamba 16 Point XLR Patch Bay is aimed at audio engineers who have had their fair share of headaches dealing with XLR connector access on equipment, or lack thereof. The Mamba 16 Point XLR Patch Bay attempts to fix this problem and provide some relief for such engineers with the ability to connect all XLR inputs and outputs to the patch bay on the rack. These can all be patched in any array and method that the user’s heart desires.

The Mamba XLR utilizes gold plated contact Neutrik parts all enclosed in 1 RU box. The 16 point XLR combo patch bay comes in at $199. Below are further specifications to sate your interest.

* 16 channels of XLR F/TRS (Combo) on front
* 16 channels of XLR Male on back
* Reversible in group of 8 or 16
* Custom configurable (12 F and 6 M etc)
* Compact 1U rack mount chassis & solid steel
* Neutrik XLR quality, gold plated and durable connectors
* Modular approach with reversible options
* Only 2″ depth
* Mount the unit front or rear on the rack
* Enclosed box to shield any outside interference
* All connectors are mounted on PCB
* All connections are routed on board (No wires)
* No interference and clean analog pass thru
* Very affordable

Source: Networksound.com

Genelec Debuts Tri-Amplified Active Monitoring System

genelecGenelec has debuted their new 1038CF Tri-Amplified Active Monitoring System. Featuring loudspeaker drivers within a slick enclosure that checks in at only 9.25″/235 mm, the device is made for medium-sized control rooms and is custom-built to adhere to the rigors imposed by music recording environments and film and video post-production tasks.

Based on the Genelec 1038B 3-Way Monitoring System, the 1038CF sports dual eight-inch long throw bass drivers, low level crossovers, and a number of power amplifiers. The 1038CF is the brain-child of Genelec engineers who have realized that modern audio production rooms can often be tiny and that multichannel environments usually utilize a combination of bass management and subwoofers to cover LF and LFE content and signals. The larger 1038B is not optimal for such environments, but the 1038CF is designed from the ground up to accommodate for them.

Specifications for the 1038CF include a bass response down to 55 Hz, a built-in tri-amplifier unit, a 5.12″ (130-mm) proprietary Genelec driver, one-inch (25-mm) metal dome tweeter, and a total of 420 watts of amp power that pump into dual 8-inch (210-mm) bass drivers. The 1038CF can also optionally be paired with a subwoofer in both multichannel and studio applications,

For more specifications and information, visit the official site.

Source: Harmony-Central

In-Ear Monitoring Gets Jump Audio Treatment

inearJump Audio today is releasing the RXM In-Ear Monitor System, a remote volume control for a headphone amp that is designed to operate in both studio and live situations. Whether you are a drummer or a choir singer, Jump Audio believes their in-ear monitor system can cater to your needs.

The RXM In-Ear Monitor System is comprised of two base pieces, the RXM Cable and the RXM Bodypack. The RXM Cable is eighteen feet long and is a TRS to XLR unit that interacts with the RXM Bodypack. The TRS connector goes into the headphone output, while the XLR connector meanwhile gets notched directly into the Bodypack. The Bodypack is designed to operate as a belt pack sporting a single-knob for full volume manipulation. The RXM In-Ear Monitor System adjusts to both live/studio situations via a ¼ inch headphone jack and 3.5 mm headphone jack for studio and live conditions, respectively.

The RXM In-Ear Monitoring System requires no batteries. The 1/4inch and XLR connectors are Neutrik connectors. Further information is available here.

Source: Jumpaudio.net

Classic Video Game Sounds Find a Home

sonygameSony has dropped news on their classic video game and micro-computer sound collection, 8 Bit Weapon: A Chiptune Odyssey.

8 Bit Weapon: A Chiptune Odyssey is a true throwback that is sure to please video game aficionados and those with a strong sense of history, whether they spent their days playing coin-op machines in the ’80s or simply understand how far the industry has come and where it originated. A Chiptune Odyssey features the synth solos and lo-fi basslines so many worldwide have come to love, all available in royalty-free samples that are guaranteed for seamless playback via your DAW.

For more information and free mp3 downloads, visit here. 8 Bit Weapon: A Chiptune Odyssey will run you $39.95. The Download edition also comes with the seven-track EP, 8 Bit Weapon: Electric High, for free.

Source: Sonycreativesoftware.com

Lick Library Unleashes Learn to Play AC DC DVDs

acdcAre you ready to rock?

Known for their enormously popular rock anthems, AC DC is famous worldwide and has legions of fans. Thus, Lick Library thought it only appropriate that they provide a set of AC DC DVDs designed to allow beginners to learn how to play the group’s music. When going about selecting songs to include, Lick Library decided that only a set of three would do.

Learn to Play AC DC Volume 1 focuses on the classics with Back in Black, Highway To Hell, Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, Let There Be Rock and Whole Lotta Rosie. Volume 1, like each following, features in-depth on-screen tutorials to lead greenhorns along in their music playing endeavors.

Learn to Play AC DC Volume 2 headlines with Thunderstruck, followed by Shoot To Thrill, Sin City, The Jack and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

Finally, Learn to Play AC DC Volume 3 features the famous Hell's Bells. Also including in the note-by-note break down tutorials are You Shook Me All Night Long, For Those About To Rock, T.N.T. and Who Made Who.

Also offered from Lick Library is a 2 DVD+CD format Jam with AC DC volume that features live-recorded backing tracks for real-time practicing. For more, visit the official site.

Hudson Reveals eBook Collection

ebooksHudson is announcing their latest entry into the world of music education with the proliferation of their Hudson Music eBooks via their new inclusion within a number of their more popular drumming DVDs.

“Books have always been an important part of music education,” explains Hudson Music co-founder Paul Siegel. “eBooks modernize and advance this system by bringing printed books into the electronic realm. Integrating established forms of media with new ones gives a student the opportunity to absorb lesson material on multiple levels; enhancing the educational process and turning both books and DVDs into more powerful teaching-and learning-tools.”

Hudson’s eBooks will flesh out the features available with their standard DVDs. Now, these eBooks will act as bonus drum books that ship free with specially marked Hudson Music DVDs. The PDF documents are book-like documents that feature exercises, transcriptions and notated musical examples. The bonus is that these eBooks can be shared and viewed on any computer, and offer up demonstrations and discussions on the player that is touted within each specific DVD set. Full integration of the DVDs and the eBooks occurs thanks to PDF icons that pop up during the DVD program, to indicate direct compatibility between the two mediums. Anyone remember VH1’s Pop Up Videos?

The following DVDs come with the eBooks:

– Antonio Sanchez: Master Series
– John Blackwell: Master Series
– David Garibaldi: Breaking the Code
– Steve Smith: Drum Legacy
– Benny Greb: The Language of Drumming
– Russ Miller: Arrival/Behind the Glass
– Jason Bittner: What Drives the Beat
– Modern Drummer Festival 2008

For more information, visit the official site.

Source: Harmony-Central

Arteffect Announces ArtCAR Potentiometers

artcarToday Arteffect dropped a small press release concerning their new ArtCAR potentiometer. We wish we had more to share on this one, but the press release left us with little to work with, so we’ll share what was provided. The scant details are following.

Arteffect’s ArtCAR comes about from a self-reported hefty load of R&D aimed at recreating the tone shaping capabilities and vintage feel of classic wah potentiometers. Concurrently, Arteffect aimed to draw out and expand the wah’s responsive range further than previously thought possible. They claim they have achieved both endeavors with the ArtCAR, which is a custom manufactured potentiometer used in Arteffect‘s own Bonnie wah pedals. Fitted with a molded dust cover, the ArtCAR potentiometers fit all Dunlop & Vox wah pedals.

Source: Harmony-Central

S4 Studio Production Computer Gets Production Boost

musicxpcToday MusicXPC has announced their intention to boost production of their Professional S4 Studio Production Computer. Effective immediately, the production will boost will make more of the Production Computers ready for shipment, a device which is designed from the ground up to accommodate for audio tracks and virtual instruments.

The Professional S4 Studio Production Computer sports a 2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor, complete with a 12MB cache and 1333 MHz front side bus. Also featured is a 20x dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, 4GB DDR3 Dual Channel 1333MHz RAM, and a quad setup of SATA II 7200RPM hard drives for over 4 terabytes of possible storage (SSD also available). Not too shabby a lineup of features, eh? Pretty beefy.

The Professional S4 Studio Production Computer sells for $2,799.00.

The full slate of features is as follows:

– Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83 GHz 12MB cache CPU
– Chipset: Intel P45 + ICH10R
– 1333 MHz Front Side Bus
– 4GB DDR-II Dual Channel 1333 Mhz RAM
– 20x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive (Dual Layer)
– DDR2 512MB nVidia Geforce N9400GT Graphic Card
– HDMI, DVI, VGA output
– SATAII 4 x 1TB 7200rpm 32MB cache System Drive
– Realtek ALC1200 HD Audio
– 600W Power Supply
– 1 Headphone output,
– 1 Microphone input
– 8 USB 2.0 ports
– 2 E-SATA port
– 2 IEEE 1394 [TI Chipset]
– 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN port
– Black Aluminum chassis
– Temperature Heat-Pipe technology
– Microsoft Windows XP Pro®
– Dimension [211x486x494.5mm] [WxHxD][8.3×19.1×19.5″]
– Gross weight 15.4Kg [33.95 lbs]

Total Control DJ in a Box

totaldjCompatible with Mac and PC computers, Total Control DJ in a Box from Numark features a full package for those looking to get in on the DJ mixing and scratching fun. The Total Computer DJ includes the Total Control DJ controller, HF125 DJ headphones, DJ|iO audio interface, and Native Instruments' Traktor 3 LE DJ software.

Working like a CD player or DJ mixer, the Total Control is designed as a jumping off point for DJs looking to get their feet wet before adopting further DJ systems. The Total Control is compatible with a variety of existing DJ software, features pre-mapped controls, and sports simple USB powering. Other inclusions are a set of thirty-one buttons, 20 knobs, five faders, and CD-grade, 24-bit audio supplied by ASIO drivers.

“There’s nothing that makes us happier than introducing the world of DJing to new people,” said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Numark. “Total Computer DJ in a Box enables anyone to DJ, right now, with the music that’s already on their computer.”

Total Control DJ in a Box is now available at professional audio retailers nationwide. It carries a $649.00 retail price.

Source: Harmony-Central

Alfred Introduces Diana Krall Songbooks

dianakrallAlfred Music Publishing is back packing more songbook goodness, this time focusing on the Grammy Award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall.

The first of three new Diana Krall songbooks is based on her twelfth album. The “Quiet Nights” songbook from Alfred features an album-matching piano/vocal/chords folio for the following hits: The Boy from Ipanema; Este Seu Olhar; Every Time We Say; Goodbye; Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry; How Can You Mend a Broken Heart; I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face; Quiet Nights; So Nice; Too Marvelous for Words; Walk on By; Where or When; You’re My Thrill. A bio and interior photos are also featured.

Also on tap is the songbook for the eleventh album from Diana Krall, “The Very Best of Diana Krall”. Released in 2007 and hitting No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, the songbook features these songs: ‘S Wonderful; All or Nothing at All; East of the Sun (And West of the Moon); Fly Me to the Moon; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Let’s Face the Music and Dance; Let’s Fall in Love; Little Girl Blue; Only the Lonely; Peel Me a Grape; Pick Yourself Up; The Frim Fram Sauce; The Heart of Saturday Night; The Look of Love; You Go to My Head.

Finally, the songbook for Krall’s tenth album, “From This Moment On”, is also available. The following songs are featured: Come Dance with Me; Day In, Day Out; Exactly Like You; From This Moment On; How Insensitive; I Was Doing Alright; Isn’t This a Lovely Day; It Could Happen to You; It Was a Beautiful Day in August / You Can Depend on Me; Little Girl Blue; Willow Weep for Me.

All three songbooks are now available for $19.95 each. Each songbook can be found in retail music stores or via alfred.com.

Source: Alfred.com