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February 27, 2009

Video Demo: Vox Virage Guitar

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Sorry we were unable to upload this video to youtube, but if you want to check out the new Vox Virage semi-hollow body electric guitar, check out video demo below:

Vox Virage Guitar

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Video Demo: Lexicon I-Onix FW810S

Randy Garrett from Lexicon presents the I-Onix FW810S external firewire audio interface.

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February 26, 2009

Video Demo: Cakewalk Sonar V-Studio 700

A detailed presentation of the Cakewalk Sonar V-Studio 700 control surface, audio interface and software sequencer package.

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February 25, 2009

Video Demo: Electro Voice PL Microphone Series 1/2

Filed under: Microphones, namm 2009 — Tags: , , , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 9:03 am

Rick Belt from ElectroVoice presents the new PL microphone series, starting with those dedicated to voices.

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February 24, 2009

Video Demo: Dangerous Music ASS

Presentation of Dangerous Music’s Additional Switching System ® (ASS).

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February 23, 2009

Review: Digidesign Transfuser

Sample Transfusion
Digidesign Transfuser: The Test

A.I.R., Digidesign’s virtual instrument division, continues to provide creative tools for users of their Pro Tools software. This time, it’s a sequencer within a sequencer, dedicated to loops of all kinds and their unlimited use. Let’s take a look…

Presentation

Ouverture

There’s a big box, a DVD, an activation number. Download the iLok license key, install the sound bank (requiring 1.65 GB of disk space) and RTAS plugin, nothing complicated, it’s Mac and PC compatibility, but you must (still …) have Pro Tools (LE, M-Powered or HD, from version 7) and it’s done. Then all you have to do is open the instrument in a session. Let’s take a look at its interface and how it works.

The idea is to create Tracks within Transfuser. These tracks, which bring together several modules, read audio files (according to various processes). On the left, there’s a browser pane that can be used to load Tracks (complete ensembles) or audio (separate sounds to build your own loops), whether factory or user-created. You can preview a sound by clicking on the file, preview lasts as long as you hold down the mouse, or, if Latch is enabled, for the duration of the file. A sync option synchronizes preview to the Pro Tools session tempo. There’s also a pitch and volume setting which can be adjusted as you preview. And lastly there’s a filtered search field that searches for all items in the list that match the typed-in criteria.

At the top there’s the area to which you drag and drop complete Tracks and audio files from the browser, Pro Tools region list, Pro Tools audio tracks, or the desktop (or a folder) of your computer. Either you import Tracks, in which case the modules are directly positioned, or you import audio, which opens a window offering the choice between three types of recognition/import: Sliced Audio and Slice Sequence, Time-Stretch Audio and Trigger Sequence, or Drum Kit and Drum Sequence (we’ll come back to these three types of Tracks later on). Corresponding modules will be opened in this section. Note that you can also use an external audio signal (more on this later).

Now let’s take a closer look…

Conclusion

Gater

Though Structure, Hybrid, Velvet or Strike may do their jobs perfectly, there’s nothing revolutionary about them (sampling, synthesis, emulation of electromechanical keyboards and Drumstations). Transfuser, without being completely revolutionary, does have a real concept, and can claim to be the first totally original VSTI by AIR. It’s definitely the most complete instrument geared at loop-based music at present. The number of tracks and effects available let you do almost everything necessary solely within it. To get the most out of it nevertheless requires a certain amount of learning time. The use of external controllers is also particularly well thought out.

Beatcutter

This opens up new horizons within Pro Tools, particularly for live settings. This may seem strange, to say the least, since Digidesign software is largely studio geared. But you can also see a pattern (or strategy) developed for live musicians and DJs that started with the Mbox Micro, both of which are also being offered in bundles.

Pro Tools on stage? Is it possible? The competition is fierce, from Live to Mainstage, Usine to Reason, Receptor to SM Pro … Digidesign’s version would really have to deliver, seeing how it’s Pro Tools exclusive. There’s no problem recognizing that Transfusion, which is extremely comprehensive and powerful (you’ll need a powerful computer for prolonged use) is up to the challenge. Especially since it’s use in the studio is equally handy for working with loops.

Its concept
Its three modes
Comprehensive Drum Machine
Pitch and time stretch Algorithms
Worlfkow despite its power and complexity
Midi Learn and automation everywhere
Well adapted for live settings
Audio
Drag’n’Drop Audio and Midi
Internal audio recorder
20 quality effects included
Effects are applicable just about everywhere
Numerous presets, Sequences with effects
Loop library

Info is sometimes difficult to read
Slice screen is too small
Doesn’t import MP3, AAC, CAF, Apple Lossless
Resource hog
Pro Tools only …

To read, the full detailed article see:   Digidesign Transfuser Review

February 22, 2009

Video Demo: BeyerDynamic Opus 600

Mario Gebhardt from BeyerDynamic shows us the new Opus 600 series of wireless microphones.

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February 21, 2009

NAMM 2009: Video Demo BeyerDynamic Head-Worn Microphones

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Presentation of BeyerDynamic’s new head-worn microphones.

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February 20, 2009

NAMM 2009: Video Demo Numark HDMIX and DDS

Filed under: Control Surfaces, DJ, namm 2009 — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 9:31 am

Rob Bachi, product specialist for Numark, presents the Numark HDMIX and DDS.

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NAMM 2009: Video Demo New Products from Shure

Filed under: Microphones, namm 2009 — Tags: , , , , , , , , — audiofanzine @ 9:23 am

Short presentation of Shure new products for the Winter NAMM show.

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