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Jan 18 - 11:01 PM, by Nonoiseman Audio Hardware > Tascam
Audio Hardware : New Products from Tascam - macmusicTascam has announced several new products at NAMM including:

- 2488 : a 24 bit, 24 tracks, 36 channel Portastudio with CD-Writer and USB2.0 interface.

- US-2400 : a DAW controller interface with 25 100mm motorized faders, 24 rotating encoders, joystick for surround, HUI emulation....

- 2 news DJ-oriented double CD-Players with a new option, an add-on for your turntable to use it as a controller for the two new CD player.

Just enough informations to give you a good reason to read the rest...
Jan 18 - 01:30 AM, by lepetitmartien Computer Hardware > Behringer
Computer Hardware : Behringer Takes Control: USB Control Surface - macmusicBehringer has announced the B-CONTROL FADER BCF2000, a fader-based USB control surface for MIDI hardware or software, and the ROTARY BCR2000, with rotary controls.

The BFC-2000 has eight 100 mm programmable faders, 8 programmable encoders, MIDI 1 In/2 Out/1 Thru (read carefully the manual about these, it doesn't seem to be a full fledged MIDI interface, and the Thru eats a MIDI Out). 4 virtual groups and 20 buttons also assignable to MIDI, syssex, MMC, transport functions are possible.

The similar ROTARY BCR2000 features 24 rotary controlers, plus the same buttons and 8 top rotary encoders.

Unfortunately the editing software is PC only but profiles will be available shortly, both units are supported under OSX and should work with all MIDI software. Announced compatibility is for Cubase and Logic, check the Behringer site for more.

All products are due second quarter of 2004
BCF2000: $249.99, BCR2000: $189.99
Jan 18 - 01:10 AM, by clouvel Virtual Instrument > VirSyn
Virtual Instrument : VirSyn Cube version 1.5 - macmusicCUBE by VirSyn is a software instrument that gives you the power and flexibility of additive synthesis together with easy editing and morphing capabilities. The 1.5 release adds additive resynthesis capabilities with new features: decomposition of samples into 512 partials and a special "Formant" Analyzer that enables automatic extraction of the sound characteristic.

Cube is a standalone app and a plugin VST and AudioUnit support. Minimum requirements: PowerPC G4 400 Mhz with 128 MB RAM on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X version 10.2. CUBE version 1.5 will be available January, 21th. Registered Users of CUBE 1.0 will get the downloadable upgrade for free
Jan 18 - 12:05 AM, by k2500 (translated by ptilou)Music Hardware > Kurzweil Music
Music Hardware : NAMM: Kurzweil VA1 - macmusicKurzweil has announced the VA1, a new instrument (61 keys, 16 polyphonic notes and 4 multi voices). The kind of synthesis is "virtual analog". Each note allows 7 audio sources with no reduction of the polyphony. The VA1 has a large FX module (from the famous KDFX and DSP8), and a 48-band Vocoder (with a stereo preamp and phantom power supply to process external tone).
Jan 17 - 11:00 PM, by clouvel Music Software > Emagic
Music Software : A New Logic Line - macmusicAt Namm, Emagic announced its new Logic line with two products :

- The Logic Pro 6 includes Logic Platinum 6 music production software plus the complete Apple/Emagic DSP and audio instrument product line ( ES1, ES2 and EVOC20 software synthesizer, the software sampler EXS24 mk II, the EVB3, EVD6 and EVP8 Vintage Collection and Space Designer). Logic Pro costs 999 euros.

- The Logic Express includes a 48 tracks Logic software, plus the EXSP24 sample player, the EVP73 Vintage Piano and the ES1 Synthesizer. Logic Express costs 299 euros.

Ed: also check out my analysis of what this means. We'll be covering this story as it develops. -PK
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