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Introducing HypeMiC, Apogee’s next-generation studio-quality USB condenser microphone with built-in analog compressor. HypeMiC’s unique and easy-to-use compression mode brings recording studio magic to vocals, voice-overs, acoustic instruments, percussion, and podcasts – anything you record! The compression feature makes pro recording fast and easy, reducing the need for extensive processing and mixing after you record. HypeMiC also features the same great sound quality and headphone output features found in Apogee’s MiC+. And with HypeMiC you get accessory upgrades like a premium desktop stand, custom pop filter and carrying case as well as all the cables you need to connect HypeMiC to your iOS device, Mac or PC.

A Legacy of Sound, Simplicity and Portability
In 2011, the award-winning Apogee MiC was introduced in Apple stores worldwide as the first studio quality digital USB microphone made for GarageBand on iOS devices and Logic Pro on Mac computers. HypeMiC builds on this legacy by integrating an all-new analog compression circuit with Apogee’s enhanced PureDIGITAL circuitry for the greatest true-tone audio resolution and portable recording experience.

One Mic to Rule them All – What you can Record with HypeMiC

Singing and Vocals
HypeMiC’s unique analog compression enhances vocals like no other microphone. The three compression settings available in HypeMiC give you a truly balanced and “mixed” recording, reducing the need for extensive processing and mixing. Capturing your perfect take has never been easier.  

 

Acoustic Instruments – Guitar, strings, horns, upright bass, drums, piano
HypeMiC brings a new level of smoothness and warmth to acoustic instrument recording. Varying compression levels allow you to capture the fullest tone of your instrument without compromise. Built for high SPL levels, HypeMiC provides greater clarity and detail when recording loud acoustic instruments from drums to horns to choirs.

Voice/Audio for Video – Podcasts, Voiceovers, Interviews, YouTube Performances, Live streaming
Ideal for live streaming, podcasts and broadcasts, HypeMiC balances audio dynamics for greater clarity resulting in better ‘broadcast ready’ recordings. HypeMiC is compatible with any Mac/PC and iOS app that allows you to select an audio device so you’re never without a pro studio when you are on the go. 

Record Through HypeMiC’s Analog Output
HypeMiC is an awesome way to introduce new sounds into your recordings and mixes.  You can send audio out of the HypeMiC stereo output into a mixer, audio interface and stand-alone recorder to capture the unique and bold sound of HypeMiC’s compression settings.

HypeMiC Compression Settings

Shape It
The minimal amount of compression, great for shaping the vocals and instruments in your music recordings

Squeeze It
The middle setting, great for podcasts, interviews and streaming when you want to squeeze a little more pop out of your voice

Smash It (High)
Maximum compression, great for voice recording when you really want to smash it for that big broadcast sound

HypeMiC Highlights

  • Studio-quality analog compressor 
  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Premium cardioid condenser microphone capsule
  • Headphone output with Blend feature offers zero latency recording
  • Premium accessories kit includes tripod, pop filter and carrying case
  • No configuration required, just plug in and record with any audio app
  • Works with iOS, Mac and PC
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Waves Audio, developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, introduces Waves Submarine, a two-octave subharmonic generator plugin. 

Sub frequencies are the backbone of modern music production. To really feel the music, you need beats, basslines and entire mixes to hit hard below the subsonic belt. Yet, many producers struggle to craft massive sub bass content that remains crystal-clear on large sound systems, without muddiness, artifacts or excess rumble. Submarine adds bigger, deeper sub bass to your tracks, with unprecedented clarity and low-end accuracy. Powered by Waves’ Organic ReSynthesis technology, Submarine’s two subharmonic generators deliver well-balanced subsonic results on any large sound system. 

Submarine’s two sub generators process your source – kicks, bass, even full busy mixdowns – and cleanly adds new subharmonic frequencies up to a full TWO octaves below the precise frequency range you’ve selected. The plugin’s innovative Organic ReSynthesis engine strips the original signal down to its core elements – carrier, pitch, formant, and envelope – processes them individually, and then reconstructs the audio to create brand new sub frequencies which retain the exact pitch and time of the original signal. The result is deep subharmonic content that is clean and musical and naturally blends with your source. The plugin’s pinpoint-accurate RANGE slider lets you zero in on the exact frequencies from which you want to generate your sub sounds, anywhere between 20–240 Hz – perfect when you want to add subharmonics to a full mix, or to an old-school drum break sample, but only surgically to the kick, not to the snare or to other instruments. 

Use the DRIVE control to saturate the added subs and easily glue them into the rest of the mix. Use the DYNAMICS knob to go from short transient sub sounds, to heavier compression for longer sustained sub notes.  

Submarine features:

  • Subharmonic generation plugin powered by Organic ReSynthesis technology
  • Two subharmonic generators (Sub -1 and Sub -2) add subs ONE and TWO full octaves below the selected frequency range of your source
  • High-precision Frequency Range slider (20–240 Hz) to target precise frequencies
  • Drive saturation control to easily glue the added subs into the mix
  • Dynamics control to go from short sub transients to longer sustained sub notes
  • Selectable Mono/Stereo control
  • Dry/Wet control for parallel mixing
  • Zero latency for real-time mixing; SoundGrid-compatible
  • Presets by Grammy-awarded producers & mix engineers

Waves Audio: www.waves.com
Australian Distributor: sound-music.com

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Apogee FX plugins run in AU/VST/AAX formats in any compatible DAW on macOS (Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, etc.) with no Apogee hardware required. This release includes all of Apogee’s current plugins; Pultec EQP-1A, Opto 3-A, ModEQ 6, ModComp and the new Pultec MEQ-5.

Superior Sound Quality – From Modern to Modelled Vintage Hardware
Crafted by the same team that designs all Apogee hardware and software products,  Apogee FX plugins offer serious sound quality and performance. From visually modern interfaces that allow you to precisely shape and contour your sound to meticulously modelled vintage hardware that is so accurate it has been endorsed by our partner Steve Jackson of  Pulse Techniques, maker of Pultec hardware.

Apogee FX Plugins, FX Rack and DualPath Monitoring
Apogee FX plugins offer unprecedented flexibility when processing at any point of your workflow. Open individual Apogee FX natively in your DAW, without your Apogee interface connected. Create your favourite Apogee FX signal chains in the FX Rack for powerful and lightning fast mixing. And if you are using an Apogee Ensemble or Element series interface, link Apogee FX Rack in your DAW to hardware DSP FX in your Apogee interface while recording to experience near-zero latency and simple operation with DualPath Monitoring.

Apogee: apogeedigital.com
Australian Distributor: www.ambertech.com.au

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Novation are incredibly proud to announce the release of Summit, their new flagship synthesiser for studio and stage. Built on the same innovative foundations as the critically acclaimed Peak, Summit’s deep sound design capabilities, 16-voice two-part multitimbral engine and intuitive, tactile workflow add up to a synth that’s far more than the sum of its parts.

With its multitimbral architecture and 16 voices of polyphony, Summit is like two Peaks in one instrument, enabling two completely independent patches to be split or layered across the keyboard, or switched between on the fly. But that’s by no means the end of the story: the addition of dual filters, greatly extended front panel controls, audio input and, of course, the same premium-quality five-octave keyboard introduced in the SL MkIII MIDI controller, put Summit in a creative league of its own.

At the heart of Summit is the digital New Oxford Oscillator, three of which are employed by every one of its 16 voices. They’re hosted on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, which not only helps to generate authentic analogue waveforms at incredibly high resolution (24MHz), but also facilitates FM and wavetable synthesis for rich, complex and highly textural raw tones.

The FPGA feeds into a true stereo analogue signal path, comprising dual 12dB/octave filters (switchable between six paired combinations of low-pass, high-pass and band-pass modes), analogue VCAs and three stages of distortion (pre- and post-filter, and post-VCA). It’s the union of flawless analogue-emulating oscillators with genuine analogue filtering and saturation that make Summit sound so fabulously warm and fat.

Summit also boasts a wealth of modulation sources and assignment options, three stunning effects, audio input for routing external sources into those effects (while still using the other multitimbral part as a synth), and an auxiliary output. And the front panel expands greatly on Peak’s layout with the addition of dedicated controls for FM, all LFOs, effects and more.

Quite simply the best sounding, most versatile synth Novation has ever made, Summit gives the serious producer or performer everything they need to design and play stunning basses, leads, arps, pads, effects, soundbeds and beyond.

Novation: www.novationmusic.com
Australian Distributor: www.innovativemusic.com.au

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MAGIX Software announces ACID Pro Next, a next-generation series of DAWs that redefines music production. A world-first for any DAW is the integration of audio source separation directly into the creative process – zynaptiq STEM MAKER technology splits songs neatly into different tracks for the ultimate sampling, remixing, mash-up and beat-making workflow. Together with the new MIDI Playable Chopper, ACID Pro Next turns into a powerful MPC-style performance sampler that delivers unprecedented creative possibilities to beat producers.

ACID Pro Next: The future of production, remixing and performance

At its core, ACID Pro Next utilises ACID’s innovative audio loop production workflow. With the addition of other advanced features such as Melodyne Essential, exclusive instruments, and gigabytes of ACIDised loops for composition across many genres, ACID Pro Next takes its place as the premiere DAW in the ACID range, delivering next-level music production technology for everyone.

Torsten Heise, ACID Pro’s Product Owner says: “We are excited to announce ACID Pro Next. Being able to isolate your favourite audio vocals and beats in industry-leading quality with the groundbreaking technology of our partner zynaptiq, and mix them into your favourite tunes is next-step thinking. With all of its extra MPC-style features, ACID Pro Next is not only the ultimate production and remixing tool, but becomes a piece of performance software in its own right!”

Denis Gökdag, zynaptiq CEO adds: “We are thrilled to license STEM MAKER to MAGIX Software’s ACID Pro Next. We see ACID as a perfect match for our mission of pushing the boundaries – ACID has a long history of innovating how music is made. In that regard, the direct integration of our STEM MAKER into the creative workflow represents a quantum leap – and opens up the benefits of state of the art artificial intelligence signal processing technology to a huge creative audience.”

MAGIX is also offering flexible subscription options to their new DAW. ACID Pro Next 365 comprises all features of the perpetual license with the added advantage of instant updates, new features and patches, plus exclusive bonus content in the form of extra plug-in instruments and effects. Subscriptions to ACID Pro Next 365 start at $19.99 per month. With the ACID Pro Next Suite MAGIX adds a wide array of extra content to the software such as the Independence Pro Plus Suite with 12 GB of sounds and 500 presets, ten exclusive Vita instruments, nine exclusive effects and two extra packs of loops.

ACID Pro 9: New performance features, same great ACID workflow

ACID Pro 9 is the latest incarnation of the legendary DAW renowned the world over for its innovative audio looping technology, powerful multitrack recording and high-end audio and MIDI features – all set within an easy-to-use interface. The new version 9 includes the new MIDI Playable Chopper plus all the performance enhancements and most of the additions in the all-new Next version except for the source separation. ACID Pro is also available on subscription starting at $7.99 per month.

Main features of ACID Pro Next and ACID Pro 9:

Exclusive in ACID Pro Next: zynaptiq source separation technology
ACID Pro Next includes zynaptiq STEM MAKER source separation technology. Split full mixes into vocals, drums, and music – then use the results in your own music and remixes!

MIDI Playable Chopper
The all-new MIDI Playable Chopper allows splitting a file into beats and samples and then playing them, just like a classic MPC-style sampler. Performing with audio, playing a complete tune in real time, and recording everything as new events for instant remixing has never been easier.

Exclusive in ACID Pro Next: Celemony Melodyne Essential
Melodyne Essential offers a very fast and natural way of correcting pitch and tone errors in audio recordings, working especially well on vocals – for precise edits and incredibly authentic results.

Exclusive in ACID Pro Next: All-new mastering tools
Both versions comprise advanced features for professional mastering – including new loudness metering tools – allowing audio to be monitored with ultimate precision.

All-new ACIDized loops
ACID Pro Next and ACID Pro 9 come with a huge range of fresh loops, covering an array of music genres including Hip Hop, House, Grime and Trap. Load them in, mix them with ease by key and tempo, add effects and your music is made.

Dozens of instruments and effects
ACID Pro Next features 22 incredible instruments, 19 plug-in effects and tons of ACIDized loops worth over $1,500 when sold separately. ACID Pro 9 comes with instruments, effects and ACIDized loops worth over $1,000.

32-bit VST Bridge
The new 32-bit VST bridge allows to load in older plug-ins and run them in the new, sleek 64-bit ACID environment. 

Magix: www.magix.com

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Native Instruments unveils the second generation KOMPLETE AUDIO 6. Following the release of KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2 earlier this year, the AUDIO 6 rounds off Native’s new generation of audio interfaces. Perfect for small bands, duos, or solo producers, KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 comes with pristine, pro-grade sound and a flexible set of connections for studio or stage.

The new KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 follows the sleek, all-black design of its smaller siblings, this time featuring a glass and aluminium housing – refreshing its look and feel while adding extra durability. An improved layout places essential controls, connections, and visual feedback – including new LED VU-meters – exactly where they’re needed, for intuitive use. 

Featuring a marked upgrade in sound quality over its predecessor, AUDIO 6 comes with high-definition recording at up to 192 kHz / 24-bit, ultra-low latency, and all-new preamps with improved gain range and higher dynamic range for lower noise floors when recording. 

Six inputs and six outputs let musicians and producers bring their whole setup together: 4 analog in/out (with DC coupled ¼” TRS outputs for controlling modular analog synths), 2 digital in/out (SPDIF), and MIDI in/out. They can connect mics, guitars, and other instruments, control external gear via MIDI or CV, create send and return loops with effects, and more, with the convenience of USB bus-power – perfect for modern producer or performer setups. 

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 now comes with two high-power headphone outputs, making it easy for musicians, singers, and producers to create together. With latency-free direct monitoring, playback can be blended with monitored audio to the desired level using a dedicated knob, to hear exactly what’s being recorded, in real-time. Headphone output power has also been doubled from the previous generation – great for stage use or high-impedance headphones.

Like KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2, AUDIO 6 comes with all the software needed to record and build tracks, plus synths, effects, and more. AUDIO 6 additionally comes with Native’s acclaimed MOD PACK – a set of three innovative modulation effects, as well as TRAKTOR LE 3 – a lightweight edition of the flagship DJ software, TRAKTOR PRO 3.

Native Instruments: www.native-instruments.com
Australian Distributor: www.cmi.com.au

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KRK Systems, part of the Gibson family of brands, is now shipping the ROKIT G4 – its fourth generation of the world’s best-selling studio monitors. The ROKIT G4 product range, which includes 5-, 7-, 8- and 10-inch models, are competitively priced and have been completely reengineered and re-designed from the ground up. The G4 monitors incorporate many of the advanced features of KRK’s professional-grade V Series 4 monitors, improving and enhancing the ROKIT line. The new G4s are the perfect solution for turning project studios into professional music-creation environments.

The ROKIT G4s feature an on-board DSP-driven Graphic EQ with 25 settings to help condition any acoustic environment while offering new levels of versatility in a studio monitor. They are also the only monitors in their class with an LCD screen to display DSP-driven EQ settings. Additionally, all system elements of the ROKIT G4 monitors are cohesively designed and engineered to work perfectly with its advanced drivers made with Kevlar, efficient Class D power amplifiers and front-firing port, which collectively extend accurate and tight bass reproduction, and improve audio integrity while minimising listening fatigue.

“Our team put a great deal of time, energy and research into developing this product that has the power to transform any environment into a professional project studio,” says Jimmy R. Landry, Global Director of Marketing, Pro Audio Division, Gibson Brands, Inc. “If you compare the KRK G4 monitors with the G3s, you will instantly hear the difference between the two, especially on the low-end accuracy—it’s dimensional with a lot of detail. The high-end is more open and detailed as well.”

The KRK ROKIT G4 Studio Monitors feature a systematically designed low resonance enclosure for minimal distortion and colorisation, and a high-density ISO foam pad that decouples the speaker from the surface, which minimises vibration transmission for improved clarity.

The bi-amp G4 range includes RP5 (5-inch), RP7 (7-inch) and RP8 (8-inch) models for pristine near-field monitoring. An additional tri-amp RP10-3 (10-inch) version incorporates a 4.5-inch mid-range woofer and one-inch tweeter for mid-field monitoring. The RP10-3 can also be arranged in horizontal mode by allowing the user to rotate the mid-range woofer and tweeter by 90 degrees for more precise listening accuracy and versatility. All G4 models feature a built-in brick-wall limiter, which automatically engages at maximum amp-level to maintain a balanced sound, protect the system and offer better and wider dynamics. In addition, KRK is working on a standalone “KRK Audio Tools App,” which will soon be available for download in Google Play and iOS app stores. The app will assist with monitor placement; level matching; subwoofer level and crossover setting assistance; polarity; and EQ for all KRK monitor lines.

KRK: www.krksys.com
Australian Distributor: www.jands.com.au

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Manley Laboratories is proud to announce a special Limited Edition run of their classic Dual Mono Microphone Preamplifiers with special blue & black cosmetics, in honour of the company’s 30th Anniversary. The company first began building these units nearly 30 years ago, when the Pro Audio division of the company was born.

Though Manley’s current equipment lineup is designed with more modern, efficient manufacturing techniques in mind, the Dual Mono Mic Preamp comes from an era where products were painstakingly built in a decidedly old-school fashion. “There are a tremendous number of American labor-hours required to hand-wire each Dual Mono Microphone preamplifier,” says company President EveAnna Manley. “But because we are in the audio business – always listening! – we have decided to celebrate our 30 Years of Manley pro audio  production with a run of these classic cornerstone products.”

These Limited Edition units are available now through select Manley resellers worldwide with an MSRP of $3,300 USD.

Manley Labs: www.manley.com
Australian Distributor: www.audiochocolate.com.au

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Native Instruments introduces SUPER 8, a new instrument that brings together vintage analogue polysynth sounds with an intuitive modern interface. With more than 200 presets, SUPER 8 provides fast access to a diverse array of classic sounds and textures. The instrument also makes it simple to customise sounds while always keeping users within the instrument’s sweet spot. 

Extensive presets

With SUPER 8, users can start creating right away by choosing from 200+ presets – including rich analogue strings, ethereal pads, deep basses, biting leads, electronic percussion, and unusual effects. Patches were inspired by iconic analogue synths, but SUPER 8 has a character all its own. Modern presets provide combinations of oscillators, filters, and modulation settings that wouldn’t have been possible on original hardware.

Designed for tweaking

SUPER 8 makes it fun and easy to tweak sounds through a clean, next-generation interface. Simple sliders enable users to blend up to four waveforms for each of the two oscillators. They can mix the oscillators, sync them, and add FM oscillation for a digital edge. Users can also adjust low-pass, band-pass, or high-pass filtering, then move ASDR sliders to make quick changes to filter and amplifier envelopes.

The interface’s modulation section lets users easily add motion to sounds. They can choose one or more mod waveforms, then dial in speed and phase. For maximum creative flexibility, users can capitalise on mod routing to map almost any source to any destination. 

Built to be played

Users can explore the full creative possibilities of SUPER 8 by controlling the instrument with a MIDI controller. Driving the SUPER 8 pitch wheel, mod wheel, and touch strip from a controller can produce expressive leads, shifting soundscapes, and evolving textures. Users can set parameters directly from the interface’s front page – or take advantage of automatic parameter mapping with a KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard. Flexible mod routing enables users to adjust pitch, modulation, filtering, keytracking, and other parameters in real-time.

Native Instruments: www.native-instruments.com
Australian Distributor: www.cmi.com.au

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RØDE Microphones announces the next major firmware update to the RØDECaster Pro, the world’s first fully integrated podcast production studio.

Following on from the first update back in February which introduced multitrack recording via USB, the 1.2.0 update expands the RØDECaster Pro’s multitrack capabilities, enabling multitrack recording direct to microSD, and other useful upgrades.

The RØDECaster Pro’s new functions featured in the 1.2.0 firmware update include:

  • Multitrack recording to the on-board microSD card: polyWAV file format, stereo live mix + individual sources
  • Updated companion app: offering more user-friendly file handling
  • The option to pause during a recording
  • Updated colour-coding on the record button: green – armed, red – recording, amber – paused.

So how does all this work? The RØDECaster Pro will record 14 tracks to the on-board microSD card. These tracks are the same as if you were recording multitrack via USB to a DAW:

  • A stereo ‘live mix’ track
  • A mono track for each of the 4 microphone inputs
  • Stereo tracks for the USB, 3.5mm TRRS, Bluetooth and sound-effects-pad channels.

Multitrack to SD recording can be activated in the ‘Hardware’ > ‘Advanced’ section of the RØDECaster’s menu, alongside the existing multitrack to USB feature.

The RØDECaster Pro also now offers the option to pause a recording at any time by pressing and holding the record button for two seconds. Tapping the button will resume the recording, while pressing and holding again will end the recording.

To make this process as simple as possible, we’ve updated the colour-coding on the record button:

  • Green means the RØDECaster is ready to record
  • Red means it is recording
  • Flashing amber means it is paused.

RØDE Microphones: www.rode.com

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