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May 11, 2010


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May 3, 2010

Marshall JMD Amplifiers

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April 26, 2010

[Musik Messe 2010] Two Notes Torpedo VM 202

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April 16, 2010

Celemony Melodyne Editor Video Demo

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March 31, 2010

Best of Musikmesse 2010: The Top 11

They came to Frankfurt, Germany, showed their stuff, we looked, touched and video taped. Now with everybody back home, it’s time to make sense of the best gear presented at Musikmesse 2010.

Wrapping up a trade show like Musikmesse is no easy feat.  The editorial purpose here is not to declare that such and such product is the best, because as we all know it’s comparing apples to oranges in most cases.  For us here at Audiofanzine is it an opportunity to give a congratulatory nod to the products that we felt stood out in the crowd and did something for us.

Audiofanzine’s Top 11 picks from Musikmesse 2010 is presented in no particular order.

1.  RME Babyface:

Equipped with 192 kHz AD- and DA-converters and two microphone preamps the bus-powered Babyface uses the USB 2.0 high-speed bus and has been optimized under Windows and Mac OS. The Babyface combines analog circuit design with AD/DA converter chips of the latest generation. On top RME’s SteadyClock is designed to ensure an AD- and DA-conversion. Both digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power.  The Interface allows to record multiple channels and it’s still very simple setup. It is very small and actually fits in a laptop bag. Most other small interfaces are a lot bigger…

2.  Line 6 Variax James Tyler:

james tylerThis new line of guitars is designed to ”deliver the feel of the finest boutique instruments and the optimal tonal performance of Line 6 guitar modeling technology,” the company says.

Variax guitars are designed to reproduce the sounds of a collection of 25 vintage electric and acoustic instruments, and a dozen custom tunings. The modeled instruments include solid-body, semi-hollow guitars and hollow-body electrics with a variety of pickup configurations, six- and twelve-string acoustics, and other guitar-related instruments including a resonator, banjo, and an electric sitar.  This new line of guitars will be available in three styles, said to reflect the designs of James Tyler in each curve, component and control.

3.  Roland GAIA SH-01:

roland gaiaThe triple-stacked engine of this synthesizer features a “fun, friendly and inviting” designed to attract first-timers, according to Roland. The signal flow is said to be simple to grasp, with logically arranged knobs, sliders, and buttons.

This instrument is designed for music students, songwriters, session players, and live performers of all styles and skill levels and features, among others:

  • Three virtual analog engines onboard, each with a dedicated oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelope, and LFO
  • Layer up to five simultaneous effects, including distortion, flanger, delay, reverb, low boost, and more
  • 64-voice polyphony for massive sounds without note drop-out

To see the rest of the Top 11 from Musikmesse please see: Best of Musikmesse 2010

March 26, 2010

[MUSIKMESSE 2010] Line6 James Tyler Variax GTV 69 US Guitar

For all Musikmesse news, videos and coverage see here:  Musikmesse 2010

March 25, 2010

[MUSIK MESSE 2010] – RME – Babyface

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March 23, 2010

Musikmesse 2010

Filed under: Musikmesse 2010 — Tags: , , — audiofanzine @ 9:43 am

Along with NAMM, the Frankfurt Musikmesse is the world’s leading trade fair for musical-instruments, music software, computer hardware, sheet music and accessories. Musikmesse has been an important meeting place for the musical-instrument industry for over 25 years. The Audiofanzine team will be reporting live coverage from Frankfurt during Musikmesse. Stick around for exclusive news, videos and photos.

Meet us at Musikmesse 2010 ! Stop by and say Hi at Hall 5.1 Booth D92

Musikmesse 2010 Rumors

Here at Audiofanzine we go to great lengths to give you the latest Musikmesse rumors from around the net.  Disclaimer:  these are rumors, unsubstantiated, not press releases.  Proceed with caution.

  1. Spectralis: Jorg Schaff said on the forums “…at the moment we are working on a new product that will be presented at the Frankfurt Musikmesse.  No – it’s not a Spectralis 3 and it’s not a Spectralis keyboard version. But it is a very special keyboard…”
  2. ART: is said to be unveiling a new eight-channel input / output expander, that they said would be ideal for “any ADAT light-pipe equipped audio interface, direct-to-disc recorder or DAW”.
  3. Steinberg: Wrote on their website that they will be “unveiling two eagerly anticipated applications that will create a lot of buzz”.
  4. Elektron: is rumored to be introducing new gear, having booked a booth at Musikmesse (which they did not for NAMM).
  5. Toontrack: is definitely going to release some software, there are lots of hints and cheeky teases on their site…
  6. Universal Audio: Said on Facebook “getting close to releasing one of the most jaw dropping “tone box” plug-ins (and incredibly complex modeling projects) in UAD history. Excited and tired.”
  7. Gibson: Will the eagerly anticipated Slash Appetite for Destruction Les Paul finally be unveiled?  We hope so!
  8. Taylor: Are rumored to be releasing a 12-Fret guitar as part of their standard model line-up. For the first time, they will be announcing the Dave Matthews Signature Model guitar.

For all Musikmesse news, videos and coverage see here:  Musikmesse 2010

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