The 2017 NAMM Show was recently staged at the Anahiem Convention Centre from January 19th to 22nd.
Steve and the lads were in attendance and have brought back a number of the Music Industries latest and
most innovative products for the Australian Market. Here is some of the latest news from NAMM 2017.
Digiface USB - The Optical Box
This compact, portable and lightweight audio interface (only 220 g /0.49 lbs) transfers digital audio data in SPDIF and ADAT format to Windows and Mac computers.
The latest Plug and Play technology guarantees a simple installation, even for the inexperienced user. Numerous unique features as well as RME's robust drivers enable a quick, efficient and comfortable operation of the Digiface USB.
The Digiface USB is an extremely compact & portable digital audio interface with 4 optical ADAT / SPDIF I/Os, and an analog high-quality line/phones output via 6.3 mm TRS jack.
Continuing the legacy of RME‘s famous HDSP Digiface, a triple ADAT I/O interface with phones and PCI interface, Digiface USB simplifies connection with USB 2, does not need an external power supply, and even adds another optical I/O, resulting in 32 channels input and output each when using ADAT optical.
The analog output hosts channels 33/34, and can be used freely thanks to TotalMix FX, RME‘s routing and monitoring solution that knows nearly no limits in routing and mixing (the Digiface USB does not include FX).
Each single optical port can use either ADAT (up to 8 channels) or SPDIF (stereo). While the inputs adapt automatically to the received signal format, the outputs can be individually switched between ADAT and SPDIF operation. Supported are SMUX and SMUX4. Therefore at 192 kHz either 8 channels via 4 x SPDIF or ADAT are possible on both inputs and outputs. Its small size, weight and bus-powered operation make the Digiface USB extremely versatile and useful. It could even serve as simple headphone amp for mobile use.
Like all the latest RME interfaces, the Digiface USB also includes the powerful digital real-time mixer TotalMix FX. It allows for practically unlimited mixing and routing operations, with all inputs and playback channels simultaneously, to any hardware outputs. The Digiface USB does not have a DSP, so there are no FX available. Still it includes a dedicated Control Room section with Talkback, Main/Phones, fader groups, mute groups, complete remote controllability via Mackie or OSC protocol, and much more.
Here are some typical applications for TotalMix:
Every single input channel, playback channel and hardware output features a Peak and RMS level meter, calculated in hardware. These level displays are very useful to determine the presence and routing destinations of the audio signals.
Inputs:4 x ADAT/SPDIF
Outputs:4 x ADAT/SPDIF / 1 x Phones TRS Stereo 6.3 mm
Clock modes: Internal, ADAT In, SPDIF In
Sample rates: 28 kHz up to 200 kHz
Jitter: < 1 ns, internal and all inputs
Jitter sensitivity: PLL operates even at 100 ns Jitter
TotalMix: 2244 channel mixer with 46-bit internal resolution
TotalMix: latency-free submixes and perfect ASIO Direct Monitoring
Interface: USB 2.0, bus-powered
Comes with DIGICheck, RME's ultimate measurement, analysis and test tool
Windows 7/8/10 (Multi-Client operation of ASIO and WDM)
Mac OS X (10.6 or up, Core Audio)
The unique Fireface UFX II is the premier solution to transfer analog and digital audio data directly to a computer from practically any source.
Numerous unique features, well thought-out configuration dialogs, an industry-leading mixing engine and monitoring solution, professional DSP effects and class-leading analog circuits with latest digital converters put the Fireface UFX II at the very top of the range of computer-based audio interfaces.
With exceptional flexibility and compatibility, the inclusion of DURec (Direct USB Recording), and RME’s famous low latency hardware and driver designs, the Fireface UFX II delivers a rich feature set that will appeal to users in both high end home studios and commercial audio production facilities.
With capacity for 60 audio channels (30 input and 30 output), support for sampling frequencies upward of 192 kHz, and the flexibility provided by USB connectivity, the new Fireface UFX II is an ideal solution to a wide range of recording, mixing, and monitoring applications.
The Fireface UFX II offers excellent flexibility that enables the interface to fit seamlessly into a myriad of production environments. Analog, ADAT, AES, SPDIF, and USB 2 are all standard on the Fireface UFX II. Equally impressive is the unit’s channel count: 12 analog, 16 ADAT, and 2 AES for 30 channels input and 30 channels output.
Further, with support for USB 2 connectivity, the new Fireface UFX II can integrate with RME’s optional ARC USB remote controller.
RME’s Fireface UFX II incorporates premium AD/DA converters, optimized analog I/O circuits, as well as improved SNR and THD values to guarantee pristine, crystal clear and transparent audio. A new PAD-free mic circuit design with +18 dBu maximum input level and 75 dB gain range provides trouble-free operation for the most demanding recording environments.
Further, new low impedance, high power phones outputs (2 Ohms) with +19 dBu maximum output level provide ample output power and volume on any headphones - high or low impedance.
The Fireface UFX II also includes DURec (Direct USB Recording), which is available on the front of the interface.
It now offers second generation hardware with improved USB functionality and compatibility - providing greater reliability, even with slower or multi-partitioned USB thumb drives.
The ARC USB connects to your computer via USB, and talks to TotalMix FX directly. It has 15 freely assignable and illuminated buttons, one encoder wheel, and a TS jack to connect a foot switch.
The ARC USB is a USB 1.1 MIDI remote control for the Fireface UFX II. Thanks to operating as a UAC 1 class device, it is natively compatible to Windows and Mac OS X.
As soon as it is present in the operating system, TotaIMix FX will automatically detect the ARC USB, and communicate with it via simple MIDI remote commands to control the UFX II.
Since 2001, TotalMix has added unlimited routing and mixing to RME audio interfaces. Its unique capability to create as many independent submixes as output channels available, turned it into the most flexible and powerful mixer of its kind.
With supported hardware, TotalMix FX includes a complete effects system, which not only adds flexibility to the recording chain, but also makes latency saddled software solutions obsolete.
TotalMix FX can completely replace an external mixer, enabling the creation of multiple latency-free monitor mixes with EQ, Dynamics, Reverb and Delay for any outputs, incl. main monitors and headphone mixes for musicians.
TotalMix FX for iPad™ adds full control over hardware mixer and DSP effects for Fireface UFX+, UFX II, UFX, UCX, 802, Babyface, Babyface Pro and MADIface Pro when in Class Compliant Mode, and lets you create, store and load complete mixes directly from the iPad™
The new STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ is the first ULTRA compact, high power guitar amplifier with a built in preamp allowing direct interface with small signal foot-pedals.
The STEALTH ULTRA-LITE provides 180 watts Peak, 90 watts RMS output power into a 4 ohm load.
The STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ is based on ISP Technologies patented Dynamic Adaptive Amplifier Technology and delivers nearly 60 volts peak to peak output signal swing from a 19 volt DC power supply by use of stored energy.
The built in preamp is designed to allow instrument level pedals to directly drive the STEALTH ULTA-LITE to maximum output level plus you have the added tone shaping capability of +/- 10dB bass and treble control providing up to 47db of composite signal gain.
The flexibility of the STEALTH ULTRA-LITE built in preamp also allows direct interface with professional +4dB rack mount signal levels.
The STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ offers efficiency close to that of a Class D amplifier but has the great tone and overdrive clipping characteristics of a Class A/B analog power amplifier.
The STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ weighs less than one pound, but packs the performance of a true 90 watt guitar preamp / power amplifier all in a package size of 1.73 inches tall by 4 inches deep and only 4.9 inches wide.
Drop the STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ on your pedal board and end up with a true compact rig with enough power to play with a drummer on stage.
The STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ will deliver a true 90 watts RMS 180 watts peak into a 4 ohm load (60 watts RMS 120 watt peak into 8 ohms) and comes with a universal switch-mode power adaptor that will operate on any line voltage between 100 and 240 volts worldwide.
Tour with confidence knowing that the STEALTH ULTRA-LITE™ will operate anywhere in the world, on any AC mains, with the included universal power supply.
ISP has also designed in Pop free operation with protection against shorts, open circuits and thermal runaway.
mighty. portable. sounds great.
The Numa Compact 2 is completely redesigned from the base. In a very compact size and lightweight cabinet we have integrated a totally new technology directly derived from high quality and professional keyboards. The Numa Compact 2 is a big step forward in terms of sound quality, digital post processing effects and full MIDI controller features.
Thanks to the built-in speakers and the internal digital amplifier, the Numa Compact 2 is suitable and flexible in any musical environment. Start from a training session at home and be the king of the stage.
The Numa Compact 2 grows with your demands. You can either use it with the high quality built-in speakers in a training session, practice at home with your headphones and plug it to the PA system when playing with your musician friends or performing live on stage. Loud music everywhere.
Expressive performance with ergonomic metal stick controllers. The programmable sticks and the Aftertouch add to the performance a complete musical control, never found before in any instrument of its category.
Creative challenges in endless combinations.
New OLED display for a clear view. New sound bank section with a wide selection of professional sounds, based on a 1 GB flash memory. New professional FX processor, which allows to perform up to 6 effects simultaneously. Power becomes Compact.
… is the little brother of the award-winning Torpedo Reload. Captor is an easy to use reactive Loadbox perfect for unleashing your favorite tube amp in a variety of modern applications and venues.
If you just require attenuation from your amp to your cab, Captor has you covered. And if you want an easy and modern way to record your tube amp, Captor is simply “load” and record
You love the sound of your amplifier pushed right to the magic sweet spot where the best tones are. Until now, the only available option was blasting your sound through a 4×12″to properly excite a microphone. Enter Torpedo, the simplest and most realistic way to get your sound to your audience. Use the amp you love!
Everything that makes a real amp rule over all the other alternatives is retained. You can even record silently late at night. Gone is the backache from the loadout, complaints from neighbours, venue staff or even bandmates and the frustration of not being able to sound at one’s best trying to reduce the volume.
Torpedo Captor was designed to cover the needs of direct recording or miking any kind of guitar or bass amp, in a live or studio situation.
Playing silently or at low volumes is often a requirement, especially at home but more and more on stage or in the studio. To play your amp without a cabinet you need a Loadbox. Two notes is known for the most accurate and feature rich Loadboxes in the world, using the reactive technology, in other words mimicking perfectly the impedance of a speaker. Your amp will absolutely believe it’s connected to a real cabinet.
When using the Captor on stage to feed a PA, you will need to polish the sound coming from your amp. The analog speaker sim is derived from the acclaimed Le Preamp series. You will be able to get a detailed and focused sound for your monitor or the front of house while keeping a low volume on stage. Add a Torpedo C.A.B. with its large collection of IR Cab Sims for the ultimate direct solution.
The Captor is the size of a large DI box, so you can conveniently place it on your pedalboard or on top of your amp. The Captor comes in 4, 8 or 16 Ohm versions, make sure to get the one that matches with your amp.
If you wish to keep a cabinet on stage, the Captor features a direct speaker THRU or ATT output. It allows for full volume or a fixed – 20dB attenuation. Keep your amp in its sweet spot while at manageable volumes.
Wall of Sound III (WoS III) is a speaker and miking simulation plugin. A plugin is a software you can load on a track of your sequencer, such as Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Reaper, inside your Digital Audio Workstation.
With your Torpedo Captor and WoS III you have the best configuration to record amazingly good guitar or bass tones for all your musical projects.
The Torpedo Captor comes with a 16 virtual cabinets usable with the WoS III and all Torpedo hardwares (C.A.B., Live, Studio, VB-101). To download your 16 cabinets, register your product on the Two notes Website, download and install the Wall of Sound III (WoS III) plugin. You will be guided step by step through the process.
Once you have become familiar with the sound and operation of the Wall of Sound III plug-in, please feel welcome to explore the in-app Two notes Boutique which will allow you to audition and have the option to purchase additional cabinets.
The Torpedo Captor is all you need to mic an amp on stage without the hassle of using a microphone. The Torpedo Captor is an amplifier DI box, designed to be used between the amp head and the speaker cabinet. This doesn’t involve any changes for the guitarist or bassist, who can play his amp as usual, while the PA gets a speaker simulated signal, directly usable for the FOH. The speaker simulation can simulate a guitar or bass cabinet. The Torpedo Captor can be powered with 48V phantom power, suppressing the need for an additional power supply.
The Torpedo Captor can help reducing the sound level on stage. By use ot the power attenuated speaker output, the guitarist or bassist can play his amp loud, while keeping the direct feedback from his speaker cabinet at a more manageable level.
The Torpedo Captor can suppress the need for a speaker cabinet, allowing silent playing and lighter setup. The internal 100W reactive loadbox allows to play the amp without any speaker cabinet. Monitoring can be achieved with the embedded speaker simulation, through a dedicated stage monitor system.
The Torpedo Captor can be used to directly connect an amplifier to a sound interface or a mic preamp. Miking can be achieved through the Torpedo WoS III plug-in software, allowing for a simpler and faster recording process.
The Torpedo Captor adds an amplifier input to your sound interface. You can mic your amplifier without the need of a specially designed miking room. Miking can be achieved through the Torpedo WoS III plug-in software.
The Torpedo Captor can be used for power attenuation or silent playing of your amplifier. Monitoring can be achieved through the embedded guitar or bass speaker simulation, or through the Torpedo WoS III plug-in software
Reactive, 4, 8 or 16 Ohms
Line Output – Without speaker simulation
XLR DI Output – With or without speaker simulation
Guitar or Bass, analog, based on acclaimed Torpedo virtual cabinets
Power is required only for the XLR DI output and speaker simulation.
Phantom power or DC jack, 2.1×5.5mm, negative center.
Current : 5mA
Expand your QCon Pro X DAW controller up to 32 channels using up to three QCon Pro XS units from Icon Pro Audio.
Each QCon Pro XS houses eight touch-sensitive motorized channel faders with 10-bit resolution, eight dual function encoder knobs, and a 12-segment LED level metering bridge in a robust metal casing.
Large dual backlit LCD displays show channel names and different control parameters for each channel.
The QCon Pro XS utilizes Mackie control for Cubase, Nuendo, Samplitude, Logic Pro, Studio One, Bitwig, Reason and Abelton Live while Mackie HUI protocol powers Pro Tools.
Download the new ICON Pro Audio QCon Pro XS Product Flyer - (2599K)
Seize control of your productions with the Platform M DAW Controller, adding true tactile control via USB2.0 to your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and production system. The all-new Platform M is a MIDI control surface designed for producers, engineers and musicians who want the hands on control of a mixing console and the flexibility of modern “in the box” digital music production within a smaller physical workspace.
With nine (9) full sized motorized faders, eight (8) rotary dual-function encoder knobs, backlit buttons for Mute, Solo, Automation and Transport control, a jog wheel, and access to your entire mix by banking across tracks in groups of 8 or 1 channel at a time, all the primary functions of your DAW are now at your fingertips.
The Platform M integrates with most popular Digital Audio Workstations. Mapping presets for Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, ProTools, Logic, Reason, Studio One, Bitwig, Samplitude and Reaper are loaded at our factory. Mackie Control or HUI protocols provide seamless interfacing with your DAW’s functions. But even if your preferred DAW is not on this list, you can still map its functions with our intuitive MIDI learn mode.
The compact size (40cm x 20cm x 4.5cm) of this DAW controller means it should fit comfortably into any studio setup. But, the Platform M is also designed to be the nerve center of your very own scalable, customizable, modular audio production system. Add the Platform D Backlit LCD Display Module to keep track of every parameter, channel and control value in your mix. A variety of additional expansion modules will be available soon, adding more faders, knobs and pads; providing even greater power, versatility and creativity. With Platform M, you can build the control surface that suits your needs.
Download the new ICON Pro Audio Platform M Fact Sheet - (2573K)
Platform D is the modular display unit for the Platform M control surface. The huge backlit LCD display helps your keep track of each parameter, track and control value in your mix.
Download the new ICON Pro Audio Platform D Fact Sheet - (2773K)
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is now included for free with
all Novation controller keyboards or the Launchpad Pro, and is available for existing
customers as well as new customers.
One full license per account gives you one Addictive Keys instrument.
Pick from Modern Upright, Studio Grand, Electric Grand or Mark One.
Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters. With its
unique approach to sound creation, smart workflow, fast loading times and high-
quality presets, Addictive Keys is perfect for any production style or music genre.
To redeem this offer, our customers simply need to log into their Novation account,
and as long as you've registered an eligible product, you’ll see a key in your account page.
XLN Audio is the latest company that Novation hasworked with to offer high-quality
With an original approach to sound creation, smart work flow, fast loading times and high quality
presets, Addictive Keys is a powerful tool. It supports VST, AU and AAX (32 and 64 Bit) plugins
formats too, so can be used in Pro Tools, SONAR, Cubase,Logic, Live and more.
With an original approach to sound creation, smart workflow, fast loading times and high-quality presets, Addictive Keys is a powerful tool.
It supports VST, AU and AAX (32 and 64-bit) plug-in formats too, so can be used in Pro Tools, SONAR, Cubase, Logic, Live and more.
Addictive Keys also works standalone, making it easy to load an instrument, find an inspiring preset and start playing.
FL Studio 12 allows you to detach all windows of the program.
Step sequencer can be detached from main window.
Menu bar can be hidden.
Use FL Studio 12 with a multi-touch monitor and do more with your fingers. Why not replace your mixer controller with a touch screen.
Use the Dashboard plugin to create your own customized controllers on the fly.