Kickstarter Corner – July 2014

A quick look at audio products on Kickstarter brings up the REWIRE – ART x AUDIO – Exhibition, Book & Vinyl Box Set, curated by Rob Swain and Andrea Parker.

The Rewire project sees a collaboration between abstract urban artists and experimental electronic musicians, where the latter interpret the works of the former. These works are to be exhibited at Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh. The Kickstarter aims to supplement the exhibition with a book and vinyl box set, and ends on Saturday August 9th.

New AVB Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces from MOTU

MOTU have released a new line of audio interfaces each with 8 or more analogue i/o (see below), plus comprehensive digital connections:

  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0
  • AVB networking
  • Optical ADAT/SMUX I/O
  • Word clock I/O

The 1248 has:

  • 4 x XLR mic inputs
  • 2 x 1/4″ hi-Z guitar inputs (front panel)
  • 8 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
  • 12 x 1/4″ TRS line out (balanced)
  • 2 x 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone

The 16A has:

  • 16 x 1/4″ TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
  • 16 x 1/4″ TRS line outputs (balanced)

The 8M has:

  • 8 x XLR/TRS combo-style mic/line/instrument inputs
  • 8 x 1/4″ TRS line out (balanced)
  • 1 x 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone

AVB Networking: Audio Video Bridging (IEEE 802.1)

From the 1248 blurb:

AVB has been developed by the IEEE as an international standard specification for transporting high-bandwidth, low-latency audio and video over Ethernet. As a true industry standard, it is not proprietary and controlled by one company, allowing for open interoperability across devices and brands, with consistent, non-disruptive adoption of refinements to the specification, as it evolves.

MOTU have also released a 5-port AVB Switch for the networking of AVB interfaces.

Steinberg on Yosemite

Steinberg have announced details regarding support for Yosemite.

The letter as posted online,

Dear loyal Steinberg customer,

As an industry leader, Steinberg Media Technologies strive to provide the best customer experience when purchasing and using our products. We therefore have chosen to communicate relevant results that have come to our attention directly with you, results that may be of your concern in the next months.

In light of the forthcoming operating system OS X Yosemite recently announced by Apple we have unfortunately identified an issue with our software.

The issue is owing to our current installer as implemented through the entire range of our software products. If you are planning to update to Yosemite this fall or to take part in the Yosemite beta-testing program, please be aware that our software products as are cannot be installed on this operating system. Current Steinberg software installed before updating to OS X Yosemite is not affected.

The solution we offer is a small software tool currently available as downloadable pre-release version from our website which will enable a seamless installation of our existing software range on the OS X Yosemite operating system.

Again, we recognize this issue may cause some confusion. I want to emphasize that the issue has duly been addressed and you can continue to use our software products with confidence on the upcoming operating system announced by Apple.

Frank Simmerlein

There has also been a Nuendo Live 1.1 maintenance update as well. – Version 1.1 provides compatibility with Windows 8/8.1 and OS X 10.9 as well as with Yamaha’s QL live mixers.


SSL AWS 924 Network Tip

Yesterday I (SH) had the opportunity to help Alex Harker looking at a limitation involved with using the DAW control interface of the SSL AWS 924.

The manual state that the AWS must be set as the default gateway which will generally break network logins and internet connectivity even when using multiple network cards.

So a solution to this problem on OSX, with dual ethernet ports, is to add a manual routing to the network configuration.

Connect en0 to the LAN/WAN and connect en1 to the AWS.

You can test this solution in the terminal

sudo route add -net -interface en1

Note this command will require a user login with admin privileges.

This should have it working however upon reboot the routing table is reset so the simplest option to make it permanent is to add the command (minus the sudo) to /etc/rc.common .

Blend (and beyond?)

DAW project sync and share with

via Wu Tang story on CMD (which may be more hype than substance, but still, it did put me on to this Dropbox based service)

I (SF) have commented numerously on the desire to listen to music with the option to tweak it – and AJ has written/talked about the moving beyond the fixity of recorded music…

I’m also involved in a number of collaborative projects would benefit from a less clunky way of sharing session data – but is some sort of open standard for cross software transfer too much to ask for?


Audiffex ampLion Pro

Following its update earlier this month, we today review ampLion Pro from Audiffex.

I (SF) have tried it out both in its standalone and VST plugin versions and — after initially being overwhelmed by the number of parameters, and somewhat underwhelmed by some of the presets — have found it to be a convincing simulation of real-world guitar rig(at times too much so → all that hum!)… The included noise gate is invaluable!

[ more to follow after recording the podcast... ]


Spitfire Audio announces BML Trumpet Corps Volume 1

Spitfire Audio have announced the release of BML Trumpet Corps Volume 1 for Kontakt 5/4 compatible applications running on either OS10.6 or Windows 7.

The trumpets samples used within BML Trumpet Corps Volume 1 are recorded to Studer two-inch tape through Neve AIR Montserrat preamps making BML the only sample library initially recorded to tape.

The samples are available as 24-bit/48kHz KONTAKT format making them easy to use with most sample players.


Modulus.002 Now Available

UK based Modulus is pleased to announce the availability of the Modulus.002 an analogue/digital hybrid polysynth.

The Modulus.002 features a Fater semi-weighted keyboard, with 12 discrete voices of polyphony. IT features two oscillators per voice alongside two sub-oscillators with select-able wave forms. Also included is a 24dB/octave four pole to 6dB/octave one pole filter transitions and a LFO is available to each voice along with a global LFO.

What makes the Modulus.002 more interesting though is the use of a digital control service centred around a touch screen interface and interestingly Ethernet connectivity for updates and program management, though the more typical MIDI connectivity is also offered.

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