American Audio’s VMS4 – sneak peek

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January – the month of snow, detox and extra zeros on the plastic bill. But for us gear geeks, it’s Winter NAMM – well as wintery as Anaheim gets anyway. And thus the PR starts to trickle in from the various companies all hoping that we’ll soil ourselves at what is going to be shown to the select few thousand trade visitors to the show.

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American Audio’s VMS4 – sneak peek

SSL to Traktor with some gentle persuasion…

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Standards – they’d be nice right? When vinyl was the standard, you could be sure that it would work on any deck you put it on. But since the digital age got a grip, much like the rest of the world were computers are used, each system uses its own proprietary file formats meaning that data wasn’t as transportable as you would like.

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SSL to Traktor with some gentle persuasion…

Ion Makes a Music Keyboard Dock for the iPhone; Would You Want One?

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A 25-key MIDI keyboard? Really? You’re telling me you did that before making a nice Accordion Dock

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Shure Applauds Efforts to Protect Wireless Mic Users In ‘White Spaces’

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Shure Incorporated President and CEO Sandy LaMantia today lauded the efforts of Representative Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) to help protect several classes of wireless microphone users from possible harmful interference resulting from the use of new devices in radio frequencies used by wireless microphone systems and known as the “white spaces.”

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Tree Audio Announces New Pricing, Products for 2010

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Tree Audio in West Hills, Calif.—which developed the world’s first customizable 500 Series console, the Tree Audio 500—is offering new pricing and direct sales, and introducing two new consoles to its product line: the Tree Audio Branch ($12,495) 8-channel rackmountable console (with an 11-channel expander chassis available for $9,995) and the Tree Audio 500 ($24,995) 16-channel console, with two 500 Series tiers and a meter bridge.

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PSPaudioware Updates PSP sQuad Bundle

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PSPaudioware has re-released its PSP sQuad bundle, which includes four EQ plug-ins, and is available in Audio Units, VST and RTAS formats for Mac OS X (Universal Binary); and in VST and RTAS formats for 32- and 64-bit Windows systems. PSPaudioware is offering PSP sQuad bundle as a free update for registered PSP sQuad users, while prospective users can try a fully operational 14-day demo.

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Preview: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion, Robotic Ensemble from Upcoming Album

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Legendary artist Pat Metheny has gone to robotics for his next album, and you can finally see a first glimpse at what the results look like. The Orchestrion is a project by the musical robotic specialists LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots). That’s all I’ll say for now, but I definitely will be working to cover this story in more detail.

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Preview: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion, Robotic Ensemble from Upcoming Album

REVIEW: Magma DJ Controller Bag

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As technology miniaturises the DJ scene, it’s less about cramming several flightcases into the back of a minivan and doing 1 gig, and much more about throwing your DJ crap in a bag and taxiing (or even flying) from gig to gig in the same night. But that bag must keep your crap safe, and Magma’s DJ Controller bag will most definitely do that.

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REVIEW: Magma DJ Controller Bag

Tablets, Slates, Multi-touch Everywhere, But Details Scant; Round Up of New Offerings

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Could your next music controller be a tablet or slate? Dell’s “concept” points the way to what that might look like, but the wait continues for more shipping products

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SM Pro Audio, Violet Audio Open U.S. Office

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Australia-based Sound and Music—parent company of the SM Pro Audio and Violet Audio brands of music and audio equipment for the recording, live and installed sound markets—has opened a new U.S. office. The move is intended to provide North American retailers with prompt and convenient order fulfillment, direct communication with sales and support personnel, and easy access to a broad range of training programs.

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SM Pro Audio, Violet Audio Open U.S. Office