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Introducing The Slate Digital VRS8 Thunderbolt Interface

Introducing The Slate Digital VRS8 Thunderbolt Interface

THE VRS8
The result of nearly three years of development, the new VRS8 Virtual Analog interface unifies Slate Digital’s software and hardware into a robust audio ecosystem called The Virtual Recording Studio. We used a “no compromise” design approach, resulting in a fantastic-sounding eight channel audio interface that leads the industry when it comes to components, specs, price and performance.

FEATURES

EIGHT ULTRA LINEAR PREAMPS
The start of any signal chain is extremely important, which is why the VRS8 features EIGHT high bandwidth Ultra Linear microphone preamps. These are the same ‘blank canvas’ design as the VMS-One preamp from our award-winning Virtual Microphone System, enabling you to use our modeling software to recreate the authentic sound of famous microphones and preamps. Each preamp has its own high-quality metal knob, so you can easily set levels like a regular analog preamp – instead of using single logic controller knobs and menus, as some of our competitors have chosen to do.

INDUSTRY BEST CONVERTERS
The next step in the signal chain is the converter itself. Instead of using budget components, the VRS8 offers mastering-quality conversion by incorporating the newest AKM AK5578 converter chips – offering a whopping industry-best 124db of dynamic range on all 8 inputs!

HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS
The sound of an audio interface relies on much more than the converter chip itself – all of the components in the audio circuit have a direct result on the audio quality. Keeping to our “no compromise” design aesthetic, the VRS8 utilizes high-quality WIMA capacitors for the entire audio path.

LOW LATENCY NATIVE
Part of the goal behind creating the Virtual Recording Studio was to provide a near-realtime experience when using our analog modeled plugins while tracking. In order to achieve that goal, we created a new technology called LLN, which stands for “Low Latency Native”. LLN utilizes a custom hard-wired converter chipset, which reduces managed components in the audio path and allows an incredible .7 milliseconds of latency at 96K (with a 32 sample buffer). This latency spec allows you to monitor through mic and preamp emulations while tracking, giving you the ability to hear your audio in context while still allowing you to change your mind later.

XTC AUDIO CLOCK
The audio clock is the heart of any recording interface, which is why it was important that the VRS8 had a killer clocking system onboard. We use satellite-grade XTC clocking technology, utilizing four temperature-compensated crystal oscillators for ultra-stable audio performance, keeping your audio jitter and distortion free.

DISCRETE HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS
Most engineers listen to music on headphones when working in the studio, but headphone amplifiers are the first place that manufacturers usually look to cut costs when building an interface. Instead of using typical designs that cost mere pennies, we use discrete amplifiers to ensure that your headphones sound robust and clear for all of your monitoring tasks. Not only that, we also added in two separate monitor mixes and the ability to use the VRS8 as a speaker switcher.

CROSS PLATFORM LOW LATENCY PERFORMANCE
The world of audio interfaces is rarely cross-platform when it comes to performance, meaning that Mac devices (using Thunderbolt) usually far outperform PC interfaces (using USB). While USB can be effective for two-channel designs, it requires more CPU overhead to manage, resulting in higher CPU usage and latency versus Thunderbolt – and the problem just gets worse as you add more channels. Unlike any other interface on the market, the VRS8 offers both Thunderbolt and PCIe connectivity for maximum cross-platform compatibility. The PCIe performance is the same as Thunderbolt. You can also link up to 6 VRS8’s via Thunderbolt to achieve 48 inputs and outputs.

NATIVE MIDI IO
Our “no compromise” design goal extended well into areas that other manufacturers simply ignore, which is evidenced by the VRS8’s native MIDI IO. Unlike USB MIDI interfaces (where MIDI information has to fight with your mouse, keyboard, and other USB traffic) MIDI IO on the VRS8 never touches the USB bus. You can count on hyper-accurate MIDI timing, and stuck sustain pedals when tracking keyboards and synths should become a thing of the past.

EVERYTHING BUNDLE – FREE FOR ONE YEAR!

The Slate Digital Virtual Recording Studio Ships With A Year License Of The Everything Bundle. The Everything Bundle includes all of the award-winning Slate plugins, worth thousands of dollars. Using the VRS8 and VMS Microphones, you’ll be able to track through world-class microphones, preamps, equalizers, and more in real time.

THE VRS EXPERIENCE
Now you can experience the Slate Virtual Recording Studio including all of our microphone models. Click below to go to the VRS Experience page where you can download all the Slate plugins including demos of our VMS microphone plugins, as well as a multitrack session recorded with VMS mics through our VRS8 interface. When you download the plugins and the session, you can load up a track, and experiment with different world-class virtual microphones from the mic locker. Hear the vintage FET47F, 414, and ribbon 121. Try the vocals through the vintage tube 67s, 251, 47s and more.

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Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal (Limited Time Only)

Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal (Limited Time Only)

Get a pair of amazing Focal SM9 Studio Monitors for $5999.00, when you trade ANY eligible model from brands including  ADAM, DYN-AUDIO, KRK, EVENT, GENELEC, EVE, BAREFOOT, QUESTED, FOCAL, MACKIE, PMC, UNITY AUDIO, YAMAHA.*

These professional studio monitors normally retail for $12,398 A PAIR!

Call Awave on 03 9813 1833 or email sales@awave.com.au to organise you trade in deal today, before stock runs out.

*All monitors traded must be in pairs. Subject to full working & cosmetic condition – offer is limited while stocks last

 

 

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Dave Smith Instruments Introduces the Prophet X

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet X

Dave Smith Instruments Introduces the Prophet X

Samples Plus Synthesis!

Dave Smith Instruments today announced the Sequential Prophet X, a new, bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) synthesizer that combines samples and synthesis. At the heart of its sound is a newly developed engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.

Dave Smith commented: “The Prophet X is a powerful evolution of the Prophet series. Musicians have been asking for samples through real analog flters for a long time. We’ve given them not only that, but also all of the synthesis capabilites and awesome sound you’d expect from a Prophet.”

For sample content, Dave Smith turned to acclaimed sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling,” a detailed approach to sampling that aims to capture all of the nuances and idiosyncracies of a particular sound or instrument. 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann put it this way: “We’re known for going anywhere and everywhere with sounds. We embrace all sounds as music and feel that if you can capture the musical soul of a sound, you can make it into an instrument. The Prophet X gives musicians a very immediate and responsive way to access this expressiveness.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet X also provides 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Several sample libraries will be available from 8Dio at launch. Support for user-created sample content is planned for December, 2018.

A dual-effects engine provides multiple reverbs, two delays (standard and BBD), a chorus, flanger, phase shifter, rotating speaker, high-pass filter, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply two different effects to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the mod matrix as can the samples themselves. A polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step, per layer. The Prophet X features a premium-quality, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, USB support, and three OLED displays.

Dave Smith summed up the new instrument: “Composers will love the Prophet X for soundtracks and synth geeks will love it for its sound mangling potential. But it’s really for everyone because it covers such a wide range of sounds. The new analog filter design we’re using is not only fantastic for synth sounds, but also does something special for the samples.” Added 8Dio co-founder Tawnia Knox: “The Prophet X has almost infinite posibilites. But more importantly, it has a soul. It’s alive. You can touch your sounds in a different way than you ever could.”

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Undertone Audio In Stock at Awave

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Undertone Audio In Stock at Awave

There are a few limitations of the original Fairchild that we set out to address. First, we have made careful adjustments to the circuitry that greatly improve the lifespan and reliability of the tubes. Additionally, we’ve added a whole host of exciting new features that have never before been available on a Fairchild. The UnFairchild sports 6 original preset Time Constants and 4 variable Time Constants (attack and release), MS function, side chain processing, a true bypass, fine adjustment of left/right balance, user adjustable “DC Threshold”, and “Feed-Back” vs. “Feed-Forward” functionality. With the UnFairchild, we’ve made this extraordinary circuit flexible enough to handle pretty much every compression task on any style of music.

Checkout the Unfarichild 670M II and more below.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BAE Audio

In The Spotlight BAE Audio

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BAE Audio

Based in Southern California, BAE build hand-wired transformer-balanced outboard recording gear faithful to classic English and American designs.
We stock all BAE Audio’s extensive product range here at Awave which you can view here:

https://awave.com.au/brand/bae-audio

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Sequential Prophet 12 Limited Edition – 1 of 100 ONLY!

Sequential Prophet 12 Limited Edition – 1 of 100 ONLY!

Sequential is pleased to announce a special numbered, limited edition of our acclaimed Prophet 12 Analog/Digital Hybrid synthesizer — the Prophet LE. It features a custom, arctic white finish with maple end caps, making it a visually striking contrast to the standard Prophet 12.

The Prophet 12 LE will be strictly limited to 100 instruments worldwide and will commemorate the last of these synthesizers that Sequential will create. After that, the Prophet 12 will no longer be available.

Dave Smith had this to say about the Prophet 12 LE: “It’s nice to give the Prophet 12 a proper send-off with this special edition. The P12 was a real milestone for us in terms of pushing the synth envelope. As a hybrid instrument, it gave us a chance to explore the interaction of digital oscillators and analog filters and see how far we could take that idea. It’s still a great instrument and has found its way onto a lot of stages and studios, and into a lot of music.”

Sequential product designer Andrew McGowan recalled the genesis of the Prophet 12: “We’d just released the Tempest analog drum machine after several years of development, and we were turning our attention back to synths for the first time in a while. It gave us the opportunity to look at things with a fresh eye. Interestingly, when Dave and I sat down to draw up a spec, it was immediately apparent that we’d each been sort of designing the same instrument in our minds during our ‘time away’ — a hybrid synth with digital oscillators, dual analog filters, and new modulation possibilities. The Prophet 12 came together quickly after that and turned out really well for us.”

The Prophet 12 LE has the same combination of features as the original Prophet 12 — a bi-timbral, 12-voice architecture, with each voice boasting four high-resolution, multi-waveform digital oscillators, a sub-oscillator, analog low-pass and high-pass filters, analog VCAs, four envelopes and four LFOs, and a set of unique Character Effects for sound shaping. Linear FM capability was later added to the Prophet 12 as a software enhancement, giving the instrument even greater depth and making it one of Sequential’s most versatile poly synths.

The Prophet 12 LE will be available in December of 2018.
A limited number of standard-finish black Prophet 12s are available while stock lasts.

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Steven Slate Drums 5 is Finally Here

Steven Slate Drums 5 is Finally Here

Dear Slate Customers,

Fifteen years ago, there was no Slate Digital, No Virtual Analog-Modeled Plugins, and no touchscreen consoles.

There was just Drums. Steven Slate Drums.

My drum samples became a staple for pro mixers around the globe and launched my career in pro audio. And that’s why I’m so happy to finally announce the release of our new flagship Virtual Drum Instrument, SSD5.

SSD5 has been built from the ground up. It’s so easy to use you don’t even need to read the manual. But most importantly, we have a new state-of-the-art drum physically-modeled playback algorithm that recreates the sound of real drum parts. Simple round robin is a thing of the past… now each drum dissolves into the next just like a real acoustic drum kit.

Click above to check out the SSD5 launch video, which features six new Deluxe 2 kits in all styles.

SSD5 is debuting at a special price until November 30th when it goes back to its normal price.
Don’t miss this offer to get one of the most versatile and best sounding Drum VI’s in the industry!

Here’s a Full List of Every New Feature and Update in SSD5:
  • New Deluxe 2 drum library with more than 50 new instruments including 10 new kicks, 10 new snares, and even a few percussion instruments. All the drums are unique and have two stereo room layers each
  • New SSD5 physically modeled drum playback algorithm ensures that each drum part sounds extremely natural, authentic, and real
  • Classic Slate Drums, Deluxe 1 Drums, and ALL Expansion pack drums (CLA, Blackbird, etc) have been re-done using the new SSD5 physically modeled drum playback algorithm
  • New GUI with a better layout and better functionality. Easy to understand and navigate, even without the manual.
  • Using Drum Kit view, or Pads/Cells View you can now load up to 32 drum instruments simultaneously along with up to 32 user one-shots.
  • Super powerful and easy routing to your DAW with AUX channels, routing manager, and routing presets.
  • Group selection of mixer strips to adjust parameters of different mics simultaneously
  • New solo/mute logic in Mixer with hotkeys for instant un-solo and unmute.
  • Phase now can be flipped not only on selected mics but also on a whole instrument. Gives you the possibility to flip all mics in the instrument, but, for instance, subsequently flip the close mics
  • Reworked mapping. Everything in the kit preset is easily mappable and remappable plus there is an input converter to load mapping presets for popular formats
  • New groove library with more than 1000 new grooves.  Grooves are unique and come in a lot of styles played by great drummers. New grooves are played by the new groove player, where you can adjust the dynamics and speed of grooves and ‘drag and drop’ modified grooves into your DAW
  • Drums audition has been greatly improved. Audition just by clicking on a drum instrument
  • Now you can change the balance of direct mics vs ambient mics for sample audition in the browser
  • Master volume for plugin output added
  • Resampling quality is improved
  • Retina support added
  • VERY BIG – new shaping section. ADSR, where you can adjust A, D and R curves and S volume. Allows you to emulate transient shapers and compressors. Also gives endless possibilities for sound design

CLICK HERE TO GET OVER 100 NEW DRUM KITS FOR YOUR STUDIO

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COMPETITION – Manley Labs Celebrate 30 Years!

COMPETITION – Manley Labs Celebrate 30 Years!

To celebrate, we are giving one lucky Manley fan a piece of gear that has been in constant production since the earliest days:
The Manley Enhanced Pultec Equalizer.

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It’s our longest-continuously-in-production piece. Way back in the day, we were given the blessing of one Mr. Eugene Shenk (the Pultec’s original designer) to use the Pultec name and produce our own updated version, and we never stopped making them. From drums to vocals to guitars, people seem to love the Manley Pultec on just about everything.

So how do I win it, we hear you ask?

Simple: if you’ve used a piece of Manley gear over the last thirty years, we want you to tell the world what you love about it.

All you have to do is review at least one of your favorite Manley product(s) on at least one of your favorite websites. Write your review, copy the URL of the review page, and upload that URL via the form on this page (scroll down) to enter to win. And if you REALLY want to win, multiple entries are possible…check out the rules below for more details.

The winner will be announced during the 2019 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. GOOD LUCK!

ENTER HERE!

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Is It Fender or The True Spring Reverb?

Is It Fender or The True Spring Reverb?

Can You Tell Which is a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb Amplifier and Which is The True Spring Reverb?

Our man Andy Martin over at Reverb.com just dropped an outstanding True Spring Reverb video. The video offers a blind comparison between the spring reverb and opto tremolo effects of our new True Spring Reverb pedal and those of a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb amplifier. Do you think you can tell which is which? Please go to the YouTube comments section and let us know what you think.

Andy Compares The True Spring Reverb with A Fender Deluxe Reverb

Also be sure and check out the Reverb.com blog for a brief history lesson on the development of spring reverb and where it stands today. We took great care in preserving the amazing qualities of vintage spring reverb tanks and the classic forms of guitar amp tremolo during the development of True Spring Reverb. We couldn’t be happier with how the pedal sounds, and the reaction we’ve heard from the first wave to True Spring owners has been amazing. Huge THANKS to all of y’all!

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API 1608 Console at Center of Westlake Pro’s New Nashville Location

API 1608 Console at Center of Westlake Pro’s New Nashville Location

COTOBER 2018; JESSUP, MD: API is pleased to announce the installation of a 16 channel 1608 demo console at our longtime dealer Westlake Pro’s new Nashville location.

“API & Nashville go back many years to when Chet Atkins managed RCA Studio B,” says Westlake Pro’s Chad Evans. “That combination resulted in hundreds of hit records so it was a no-brainer to place an API 1608 console at the center of Westlake’s facility!”

Westlake Pro Nashville, which carries API’s full product line, celebrated its grand opening last month and, according to Chad Evans, the company’s new Nashville base has been a long time coming.

“Everyone at Westlake Pro is excited to open the doors of our cutting edge showroom to the Nashville market,” says Evans. “Westlake’s 50 year history of designing studios and selling equipment is exactly the kind of experience the professionals in Music City deserve.” 

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Sequential Announces Prophet XL Synthesizer, Featuring 76-Note Keyboard & Expanded Polyphony

Sequential Announces Prophet XL Synthesizer, Featuring 76-Note Keyboard & Expanded Polyphony

Sequential today announced the Prophet XL, a 76-key version of their flagship Prophet X samples-plus-synthesis hybrid synth. The new instrument provides the same powerful combination of high-fidelity samples from 8Dio and full synthesi s capabilities that has earned the Prophet X critical acclaim — but makes the concept even more compelling for studio and stage by adding a semi-weighted-action, 76-key, premium-quality Fatar keybed and a new performance mode that allows 32-voice polyphony when using a single sampled instrument and a single oscillator.

At the heart of both the Prophet XL and the Prophet X is a sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbra l, 8-voice-stereo, or 16-voice mono operation.

Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. We’re making 32-voice mode available on the Prophet X, as well, so that all of our users will benefit.”

Sample content for the Prophet X series was created by sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” Regarding the new instrument, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann said: “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept because it gives artists more room to breathe. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet XL and Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet XL and Prophet X also provide 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Support for user-created sample content is planned for December, 2018.