Today Presonus is making a big announcement of a new version of their DAW – Studio One 5 and brand new midi controller/step sequencer – Atom SQ.
The PreSonus ATOM SQ is a versatile hybrid MIDI keyboard/pad performance and production controller that’s ideal for creating hip-hop, EDM, or any other style of music. Quickly and easily craft beats and melodies with the remarkable staggered pad layout that’s familiar and intuitive to both keyboard players and step sequencer fans.
The touch strips can be assigned to control any parameter from filter cutoff to panning, while the 32 pressure- and velocity-sensitive pads support polyphonic aftertouch. The context-sensitive LCD screen provides easy feedback for common functions and the eight endless rotary encoders control are readily assignable to any control parameter.
Additional features include navigation and transport controls, an onboard arpeggiator, and a constrain-to-scale function that prevents wrong notes. This complete music production package includes Studio One Artist, Ableton Live Lite, and two loop packs and custom kits for Impact XT. The ATOM SQ is USB bus powered and ships with a USB cable.
A complete music production package with hybrid MIDI keyboard/pad performance and production controller and Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite (both included)
32 velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads in a unique, staggered layout; intuitive for keyboard players and step sequencer fans
Context-sensitive screen displays valuable parameter information including CC assignments, swing, and much more
Eight endless rotary encoders can be easily configured to control nearly any software parameter
Deep integration with Studio One’s Pattern editor for intuitive step sequencer programming
Expressive arpeggiator for dramatic, easily-performed melodies
Includes custom-curated content libraries for ATOM SQ
Constrain to Scale feature puts an end to wrong notes forever
USB bus-powered for easy connectivity and maximum portability
Studio One 5 – new version of Presonus DAW (feature details to be provided later today)
Crystals combines twin reverse pitch shifters with reverse delays and reverb. This iconic H3000 Harmonizer® effect can be used to create out-of-this-world climbing and cascading pitched delays or unique sounding reverbs. It features two reverse granular delays that can be manipulated by length and pitch. Crystals excels at adding life to synths, guitar, and vocals, making them sound huge and majestic. From sound design to otherworldly solos, Crystals will spark inspiration.
Crystals is a not a one-trick pony. The plug-in is also capable of huge sounding reverbs. Tweak the pitches a full octave down for a quick “drunk vocal” sound. Fit snares in the mix by pitch-shifting down an octave. Set really long delay times (up to 4 seconds per voice) with high feedback to use it as an ambient looper! The effect can be made musical by micro-pitching each voice around the 4th (500 cents), 5th (700 cents), or octave (1200 cents).
Eventide’s dynamic and fluid Ribbon control lets users sweep Crystals’ effect between two completely different settings of any combination of controls. Creative users might manipulate pitches to play Crystal like an instrument or slowly increase feedback to make a signal explode into infinity. A host of available presets allows easy configuration of parameters, with preset selection facilitated by the Mix Lock function that keeps the wet-dry mix constant while auditioning presets.
Crystals’ two pitch-shifters each offer a four-octave range from two octaves down to two octaves up. Two independent delays of up to four seconds allow smoothing of delay grain and each delay has independent feedback control. Reverb with up to 100 seconds of decay is built into Crystals.
LUXE is an effect plugin that compress and saturate an audio signal in a subtile but musical way. It’s very useful for making a track “fit in the mix” and can be used on anything from a drum bus to a vocal track.
Its only continuous user parameter intelligently controls a set of internal (non-visible) parameters which makes LUXE an easy tool to use for quick results.
LUXE is available as Audio Unit, VST and AAX plugin for macOS, Windows and (soon) as an AUv3 plugin for iPad and is currently on sale ($14.99 for the desktop version).
Waves has released a new plugin OVox Vocal ReSynthesis
Description from Waves website:
Transform your vocal productions with the next-generation voice-controlled synth and vocal effects processor. Create a limitless palette of vocal morphing, tuning, harmonizing, vocoder & talkbox effects and beyond, with depth, clarity, and intuitive control. Available as a plugin or standalone app.
Limitless Vocal Palette
Producers, mixers, songwriters: Say goodbye to boring vocals. OVox gives you an unprecedented menu of vocal synthesis and reshaping options, from the Daft Punk-style vocoder sounds you know and love, to inventive vocal effects as endless as your creativity.
The Magic Under the Hood: Organic ReSynthesis®
OVox is powered by Waves Organic ReSynthesis® (ORS) technology to deliver its unmatched vocal synthesis sound quality.
ORS takes the original vocal signal and breaks it down to its core ‘DNA’ elements—amplitude, pitch, and formant. It then re-synthesizes these elements to create the new vocal sound, which is free of unwanted artifacts and preserves the expressiveness of the original vocal.
OVox is instant: no routing required. Simply insert it as a plugin or fire it up as a standalone app – sing, hum, speak or beatbox into it, and hear the magic happen.
MIDI control is optional. You can use OVox with a keyboard or MIDI controller, or with any instrument (for example a guitar) as the ‘carrier.’ Or you can simply use your voice (or a recorded vocal track) to trigger automatic chords, harmonies or scales, using OVox’s automatic Note Mapper.
Pick from Hundreds of Presets – or Dive Deep
Start with hundreds of satisfying presets, then tweak them using the most crucial controls displayed in OVox’s Main View.
Want to dive deeper? Open up OVox’s Expanded View, which unlocks a world of vocal morphing possibilities, including detailed Formant Filter control; nine LFO, ADSR and ORS modulators that can modulate any other control in the plugin; on-board FX; and much more.
The Ultimate Instrument Is You
The human voice is the original instrument—the richest in expression and the fullest in color. OVox turns your vocal—any vocal—into an even more limitless musical playground for you to express your creativity.
Today on NAMM show Moog Music has announced a stripped down version of their Subsequent 37 synth – Subsequent 25.
Subsequent 25 is a 2-note paraphonic analog synthesizer that melds the hands-on analog soul of classic Moog instruments with the convenience and workflow of a modern sound-design machine. Moog’s most compact keyboard synthesizer, the Subsequent 25 delivers all of the rich sonic density that Moog synthesizers are known for.
Subsequent 25 integrates seamlessly with your favorite DAW and lets you manage and share presets, manipulate powerful under the hood features, and more.
Attain instant gratification with immediate access to expertly programmed preset patches that will have you creating right away, then explore the knob-per-function front panel to create something completely unique. Set yourself apart by designing your own library of signature analog sounds then save and recall an infinite number of patches with the free Subsequent 25 Editor/Librarian Software.
Dial-up ground-shaking analog bass by stacking all 3 Oscillators in Unison Mode, or engage the new Duo Mode to split Oscillators 1 & 2, opening new doors of musicality by playing 2 different notes at once. Trigger the Subsequent 25’s analog sound engine any way you like – by integrating with other voltage controlled analog gear via 4 onboard CV inputs, by interfacing with your favorite DAW using DIN & USB MIDI, or go fully manual with the ultra playable fast-action keybed.
Subsequent 25’s analog filter section contains the transformative Multidrive circuit, a unique combination of OTA distortion and FET drive – a key sparkplug for the compact synthesizer’s powerful sound. Through the creative use of the Mixer Section (with expanded headroom), Ladder Filter, and Multidrive circuit, a wide range of classic analog colors and aggressive modern tones can be achieved.
Designed for portability, Subsequent 25 is the most agile full-size Moog synthesizer, equally reliable moving from stage to studio and every stop in between. Subsequent 25’s compact footprint fits into any situation and won’t overtake your studio desk – yet still fills any room with powerful synth bass, dynamic analog percussion, and harmonic-rich leads.
Balancing classic analog sound design with seamless integration into modern digital workflows and DAW environments, the Subsequent 25 features a full MIDI implementation, allowing MIDI automation and recall of all front panel and under-the-hood synthesis parameters.
Subsequent 25 is a versatile new instrument for unique sonic expression and realizing artistic vision. With its streamlined interface and dynamic sound design flexibility, this dynamic synthesizer fuses a revolutionary connection between human and machine, opening portals to new musical experiences.
Universal Audio announces today a new DAW – LUNA Recording System that will be available for free for Apollo and Arrow interface owners.
Luna is a full-featured creative suite for recording that follows an analog-style production system. Additionally, the DAW will feature built-in Neve summing, tape emulation and new software-based instruments!
As Luna is tightly integrated with Apollo and Arrow interfaces, audio routing is extremely easy.
full featured DAW w/unlimited tracks
available only for MacOS.
works only with Apollo (any thunderbolt version) or Arrow. LUNA will not open sessions without an Apollo/Arrow connected
easy audio routing and audio setup for Apollo and Arrow users
access UAD plugins with no noticeable latency thanks to Accellerated Monitoring Feature (no audio buffer settings, everything is set automatically to get the minimal latency)
built-in Neve summing mixer based on Neve 80-Series consoles
mixer that remotely controls Apollo (gain on input and outputs, Unison preamps)
multitrack tape emulation based on Oxide plugin + Apollo and Arrow users can purchase an optional A800 Tape Recording Extension (extensions run natively, not using UAD DSP)
Virtual instruments designed by UA: Moog Minimoog, Ravel Grand Piano (Steinway Model B), Shape toolkit (a wide range of sampled instruments). Instruments are native (NOT using UAD DSP)
Support of third party AU plugins – both instruments and effects
Timestretch (2 proprietary algorithms developed by UA) and pitch shift audio in real time
DAW will be available in Spring. Free for Apollo and Arrow users.
requires iLok (honestly, I don’t understand why they use iLok, as it still requires UA hardware connected)
Press release by Universal Audio:
Universal Audio has introduced Luna Recording System, a full-featured music creation, recording, and analog-style production system shaped by over 60 years of analog audio exploration.
Luna transforms UA’s Apollo interfaces into a fully integrated recording system. Luna Recording System consists of a UA Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface, the Luna Application, Luna Extensions, and Luna Instruments.
Key Luna Recording System features include its deep Apollo interface integration, built-in Neve Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, and all-new Luna Instruments — UA’s long-awaited foray into software‑based instruments.
Deep Apollo Integration — Fast, Natural Workflow Unlike traditional DAW software, Luna Recording System’s tight hardware-software integration allows quickly routing and recording audio through DSP-powered UAD plug-ins with no discernible latency via the new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature. Accelerated Realtime Monitoring is poised to be a major revelation for those unaccustomed to working on a $10k+ DSP-assisted recording system; music production will instantly seem more robust, dependable, and intuitive, without latency or monitoring hassles.
Built-In Neve Summing — Instant Classic Console Sound Luna Recording System offers precisely emulated audio summing circuitry from the Neve 80-Series audio mixing consoles designed by Neve Electronics in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring the harmonically rich sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier. Far beyond a “summing plug-in,” Neve Summing is a Luna Extension built-in to the fabric of Luna’s mixer — and can instantly transform a clean technical mix into a classic-sounding recording filled with energy and life.
Integrated Multitrack Tape — Warmth and Punch on Demand Luna’s audio transport features integrated Multitrack Tape emulation via the included “Oxide” Luna Extension — providing sonic qualities commonly described by audio engineers as “warmth” and “cohesion” on every desired audio or instrument track. Luna Recording System users may choose to further explore various magnetic tape sounds with the optional Studer A800 Tape Recorder Extension (sold separately).
All-New Luna Instruments — Incredible Realism to Fuel Inspiration Luna is further distinguished by all-new software-based Luna Instruments — bringing Universal Audio’s expertise in electrical and acoustic modeling, sampling, synthesis, and signal processing to virtual instruments for the first time ever. The resulting software instruments are ultra-realistic, responsive, and “alive” with inspiration.
At launch, available Luna Instruments will include:
Moog Minimoog — developed in partnership with Moog Music, the Moog Minimoog is an accurate emulation of the archetypal 1971 Moog synthesizer.
Ravel grand piano — a model of a Steinway Model B grand piano based on UA’s proprietary sampling, physical modeling, and new Ultra-Resonance technology — providing all the sonic nuance of this studio classic.
Shape — a complete creative toolkit with vintage keys, drums/percussion, guitar/bass, orchestral content, and realtime synthesis, courtesy of Universal Audio, Spitfire Audio, Orange Tree Samples, Loops de la Creme, and more — included free in Luna.
Luna will be available as a free download for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and Arrow audio interface owners for macOS systems and is shipping in Spring 2020. Luna is not compatible with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB.
Legendary console manufacturer Solid State Logic (SSL) has launched their first-ever dedicated audio interfaces as part of their new personal studio range: the SSL 2, and SSL 2+. Both are USB-powered and include class-leading mic preamps, legacy 4K analogue enhancement mode inspired by classic SSL consoles, studio-quality monitoring, and an SSL Production Pack software bundle.
SSL has been designing cutting-edge mixing consoles and processing tools for the world’s finest recording studios for over four decades, and the new SSL2 and SSL2+interfaces takes this technology and know-how, and places it in the hands of today’s creatives and aspiring professionals. Designed to be at the heart of a project or personal recording set up, the SSL 2 personal studio is perfect for individual singers, songwriters, or media producers, while the SSL 2+ collaborative studio provides expanded I/O for musicians working and recording together.
“When SSL’s founder, Colin Sanders set about making his first mixing console in the early 70s, he did so because every other console at the time fell short of his expectations and needs,” comments SSL Director of New Products, Niall Feldman. “Fast-forward 40 years, that same philosophy has inspired the team to create the SSL 2 and SSL 2+ for the personal studio market, and share some of that amazing technology in a new format.”
The 2-In/2-Out SSL 2 packs in two classic analogue mic preamps together with pristine 24-bit/192kHz conversion to capture and hear every detail, a single high-grade headphone output, easy-to-use monitor mix control for critical low-latency monitoring tasks, and balanced monitor outputs with an impressive dynamic range. In addition, the ‘Legacy 4K mode – inspired by the studio favorite, hit-making SSL 4000 series consoles – gives you the ability to add extra analogue character and sparkle to your input sources. The included ‘SSL Production Pack’ software bundle, which includes some of SSL’s own studio-grade Native plug-ins, gives you an incredible arsenal of tools for refining your recordings.
The SSL 2+ feature set builds in a production hub for those wanting to collaborate, with an additional headphone output with independent monitor mix, MIDI I/O, and additional un-balanced outputs for DJ Mixers.
Andy Jackson, SSL Studio Product Manager, enthuses “We focused on developing the best sounding and performing audio interfaces at this price point, and then raising the bar again with features and add-ons that make a significant difference when creating. Our attention to excellence even goes down to the use of Neutrik connectors and Alps pots throughout, because anything else is a compromise. We are fortunate to have a phenomenal heritage of product, technology and successful artists to draw on during development, so if you’re starting out in recording music, why wouldn’t you start with the best?”
The SSL 2 is available priced: £149.99 + VAT, $229.99 + Tax, €179.99 + Tax
The SSL 2+ is available priced: £199.99 + VAT, $279.99 + Tax, €239.99 + Tax