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Take Advantage of the Government’s “Instant Asset Write-Off” Program

Take Advantage of the Government’s “Instant Asset Write-Off” Program

The Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) Threshold

The higher IAWO threshold provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets each costing less than $150,000. The threshold applies on a per asset basis, so eligible businesses can immediately write‑off multiple assets.

The IAWO is due to revert to $1,000 for small businesses (turnover less than $10 million) from 1 July 2020.

Eligibility

The Government is expanding access so that more businesses can take advantage of the IAWO. The annual turnover threshold for businesses is increasing from $50 million to $500 million. Expanding the threshold will mean an additional 5,300 businesses who employ around 1.9 million Australians will be able to access the IAWO for the first time.

Timing

This proposal applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second‑hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. However, these changes do not take effect until new laws are passed.

We’ll provide more information about how to access the IAWO as it becomes available.

Learn more about the instant asset write-off.

Examples of how the instant asset write-off can help your business

Business benefits from increased asset threshold

Owen owns a company, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd, through which he operates a farming business in the Central Wheat Belt of Western Australia. ON Point Farms Pty Ltd has an aggregated annual turnover of $25 million for the 2019‑20 income year. On 1 May 2020, Owen purchases a second hand tractor for $140,000, exclusive of GST, for use in his business.

Under existing tax arrangements, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd is not able to immediately deduct assets costing more than $30,000 and instead would depreciate the tractor using an effective life of 12 years. Choosing to use the diminishing value method, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd would claim a tax deduction of $3,899 for the 2019‑20 income year.

Under the new $150,000 instant asset write‑off, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd would instead claim an immediate deduction of $140,000 for the purchase of the tractor in the 2019‑20 income year, $136,101 more than under existing arrangements. At the company tax rate of 27.5 per cent, Owen will pay $37,427.78 less tax in 2019‑20.

This will improve ON Point Farms Pty Ltd’s cash flow and help his business withstand and recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Business benefits from increased turnover threshold

Samantha owns a company, Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd, through which she operates a large food processing business in Brisbane. Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd has an aggregated annual turnover of $150 million for the 2019‑20 income year. On 1 May 2020, Samantha purchases five new conveyor belts for her production facility for $40,000 each, exclusive of GST, for use in her business.

Under existing tax arrangements, Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd is not eligible for the instant asset write‑off and instead would depreciate the conveyor belts using an effective life of 15 years. Choosing to use the diminishing value method, Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd would claim a total tax deduction of $4,456 for the 2019‑20 income year.

Under the new $150,000 instant asset write‑off, Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd would instead claim an immediate deduction of $200,000 for the purchase of the conveyor belts (i.e. $40,000 for each conveyor) in the 2019‑20 income year, $195,544 more than under existing arrangements. At the company tax rate of 30 per cent, Samantha will pay $58,663.20 less tax in 2019‑20.

This will improve Sam’s Specialty Roasters Pty Ltd’s cash flow and help her business withstand and recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/instant-asset-write-off

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API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

The visionaries of Mercer University, under the direction of President William Underwood and with the hands on diligence of Larry Brumley, Mercer’s Vice President tackled an enormous undertaking to save and revitalize one of pop music’s most iconic recording studios.

Among many important decisions that had to be made was a replacement console to the original API console that lived in the studio since the 70’s, and recorded so many legendary records, including most of the Allman Brothers catalog, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels band and so many others at the leading edge of the Southern Rock music scene.

The decision was made to acquire a new API 2448 Recording Console to replace the 70’s era API console that lived at Capricorn.

With the choice of 3 different frame sizes, 24, 32 and 40 channels, Capricorn selected the largest 2448 frame built to date, a fully featured 40 channel version. With 40 Mic Pres and 40 API equalizers, each channel features two inputs, both with faders. Combining the Main Fader, the 2nd Fader and the 4 Stereo Returns gives the system an impressive 88 channels feeding the mix buses.

Rounding out the system is API’s ‘Final Touch’ motorized fader automation system, which is now compatible with Vision, Legacy AXS and 1608-II consoles, allowing projects to move seamlessly between facilities equipped with those API consoles.

Steve Ivey, a Mercer graduate and Grammy award winning producer engineer based out of Nashville was a key figure in the planning and revitalization of the studio.

“For 50 years API consoles and Capricorn Studios together have made a worldwide, profound impact in music and recording,” said Ivey. “As a Mercer University music graduate who learned to record on an API console, under the direction of Capricorn producer Paul Hornsby, I am thrilled to be a part of the team taking Capricorn Studios and API into the next era of recording great music.”

Daily management and chief engineer roles are carried by Rob Evans, another Mercer graduate. “Evans says that in 2016, when Gregg Allman was receiving an honorary degree, he told president Underwood, ‘The room is perfect. Don’t change a thing.’ He also said, ‘Get an analog console,’ so we’ve honored Gregg’s request.”

“We were honored to be a part of the Grand Opening festivities in December. It is gratifying to see the original API console from the 70’s being replaced by a new API console, keeping the heritage and legend of this studio alive,” said Larry Droppa, President of API. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to hear the new music that is going to come out of the facility. A huge thank you from the music community to Mercer University for having the vision to move forward and keep this dream alive.”

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Latitude Pay Now Avaliable at AWAVE

AWAVE provides multiple payment options from Latitude Financial Services. To read about other options from Latitude click here.

Good stuff happens now

Latitude Pay is now available at AWAVE!

Latitude pay is and exciting new way to pay. Shop at your favourite stores, online or in person. Buy the things you love to empower the life you want and pay just 10% upfront with LatitudePay.

There are zero surprises with LatitudePay. It does what it says on the box: 10 weekly payments instead of all at once. No interest, and no waiting for your new gear or great experience, just wonderful-ness.

Get set up in minutes

Sign up is super simple and if approved you can start using LatitudePay straight away.

No interest. Never ever

Latitude pay won’t charge you interest, and you won’t pay any fees when you pay on time. Payments are automated, plus Latitude will remind you.

Now’s good

No more waiting for weeks for what you want today, get it now and pay over 10 weekly payments. When you’re inspired, strike like a cobra. A shopping cobra.

 

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MOTU Introduce M2 and M4 UBC-C Audio Interfaces

MOTU Introduce M2 and M4 UBC-C Audio Interfaces

When shopping for an audio interface, singer/songwriters and podcasters oftentimes don’t need the full gamut of features. They want a reliable, easy-to-use unit that sounds great. That’s exactly what MOTU’s latest offerings give you — a streamlined design, high-level performance, and top-notch sound. This series of budget-conscious and high-quality USB-C audio interfaces includes the 2-in/2-out M2 and the 4-in/4-out M4.

Class-topping Sound Quality

When it comes to audio quality, the M2 and M4 are at the top of their class. They boast ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology (the same D/A as MOTU’s flagship 1248), delivering unbelievable clarity with 120dB of dynamic range. Both models include MOTU’s transparent-sounding mic preamps, low-noise DC-coupled analog outputs, and an ESS-driven headphone output. Their latency specs are impressive, yielding round-trip latency as low as 2.5ms at 32-bit/96kHz. Whether you’re recording, mixing, or just listening, you can expect top-level sound from these audio interfaces.

Front of M4 Audio Interface

Podcasting Made Easy

MOTU’s M2 and M4 are tailor-made for livestreaming and podcasting, thanks to their loopback function. This enables you to blend your mic and other input signals with your computer’s output and then send the blended signal back to your computer, where it can be recorded. The M4 takes this functionality to a higher level with the inclusion of a Mix knob that balances your live input with your computer’s playback.

Back of M4 Audio Interface

Zero-latency Hardware Monitoring

Recording with the M2 and M4 is a pleasure, by virtue of their 1-touch hardware monitoring capability. This feature routes all the interface’s analog inputs directly to its analog outputs, thereby granting you zero-latency operation. The result? No annoying delay between what you play, sing, or say and what you are hearing in your headphones. You can also record the interface’s inputs simultaneously, which supplies zero latency while tracking.

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Focal Trio11 Be – The Loudspeaker Dedicated to Nearfield and Midfield

Focal Trio11 Be – The Loudspeaker Dedicated to Nearfield and Midfield

As well as new speaker drivers (a 5” midrange and a 10” subwoofer) with high efficiency and power handling, the Trio11 Be monitor enjoys all of Focal’s very latest technologies when it comes to acoustics and electronics: TMD and NIC technologies; optimised vents that promote dynamic control and perfect bass definition; high excursion, enabling even more linearity of the subwoofer…

Thanks to its class G amplification, Trio11 Be delivers a high SPL (118dB at 1m) and offers a great versatility of use and installation configurations in nearfield AND midfield applications. A key asset, always coming along with an extremely precise sound reproduction and stereo image.

With an extended bandwidth (30 Hz-40 kHz), this loudspeaker is also composed of a 3-way monitor and a 2-way monitor, just like Trio6 Be, which lets you check the mix transfer sound quality thanks to FOCUS mode.

With Trio11 Be, power and versatility are waiting for you!

Feel the difference!

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Neve AMS at Awave

Neve AMS at Awave

With a reputation for creating the world’s sweetest sounding and longest-lasting analogue and digital consoles, the most discerning artists, producers and facility
owners regard our products as number one for desirability on their equipment list,
and have done for the past fifty years.

AMS Neve is a dedicated, engineering-led and privately owned Company whose continuing mission is to provide the best possible sound, capability and operational
experience for the most creative people in the world – whether it be for film,
recorded music, or TV and broadcast.

All of our products are designed and built in England in our purpose built,
integrated facility. Close supervision of the entire process by the
product designers ensures the finest performance possible.
Recognised by all the premier bodies in the various fields of music, TV and film, the products and their designers have been honoured by two Scientific and Engineering Academy® Awards, an Emmy™ and a Grammy™ amongst many others. We have
pioneered a very large number of the ground-breaking techniques in the industry
including hard disk editing, digital console technology, digital audio for film, microprocessor controlled effects units and standards such as MADI.

In the transient world of short product life cycles, AMS Neve’s products stand the
test of time. In addition to being designed and built to last, our long-standing policy
of offering continuing upgrades to take advantage of the latest technology and
techniques on many products means obsolescence is minimised. The value in your
AMS Neve equipment remains long after the alternatives are in landfill. A large
proportion of all the products we have ever made are still in daily use and many
have achieved iconic, dearly loved and valuable status.

A sound investment indeed.

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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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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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APB Royal Mu and Royal Q Plug-ins Now Shipping!

APB Royal Mu and Royal Q Plug-ins Now Shipping!

McDSP is now shipping the Royal Mu and the Royal Q APB Plug-ins.

Read the SOS review here:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/mcdsp-royal-mu-royal-q-mc-3

The Royal Mu is a dual-channel compressor and limiter. Features include analog biasing and saturation, mid/side processing, equalization, and a full featured analog compressor and analog limiter. The Royal Q is a dual-channel 4-band equalizer featuring parametric and shelving EQ, mid/side processing, and trim controls.

The Royal Q equalization is complemented by a custom analog section for a truly unique hybrid processor. The Royal Mu and Royal Q offer independent (or linked) control of the left and right (or mid and side) channels.

These are the latest additions to the growing line of plug-ins designed for the McDSP Analog Processing Box, the world’s first programmable analog processor. The McDSP Analog Processing Box (APB) combines the flexibility of software with the fidelity of premium analog processing. Each channel can be controlled by an AAX, AU, or VST3 plug-in giving true digital workflow with genuine analog performance. Processing options include compressors, mastering limiters, transient enhancement devices, multi-channel and multi-band applications, and much more.

Both the Royal Mu and Royal Q plug-ins are free to registered APB-16 and APB-8 customers.

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Solid State Logic Releases New 500 Series Modules With SiX CH And Ultraviolet Stereo EQ

Solid State Logic Releases New 500 Series Modules With SiX CH And Ultraviolet Stereo EQ

Solid State Logic has had plenty of new releases in the past few years, most notably the Fusion and SiX. These two best-selling products have garnered lots of customer feedback and SSL has heard you loud and clear. The storied pro audio brand has taken some of the essential elements of the analog processing box and desktop mixer to create two new 500 Series modules. We’re excited to introduce you to the SiX CH Channel Strip and UltraViolet EQ.

As its name implies, the SiX CH Channel Strip takes inspiration from the SiX and brings one of the desktop mixer’s channel strips straight to your 500 Series rack. The module includes the SiX’s microphone preamp, two-band low and high EQ and a single-knob compressor. The SiX CH offers a clean, ultra-low noise SuperAnalogue mic pre with your standard phase, phantom, high pass filter switches and Mic/Line options. The EQ offers an In/Out button, a knob for HF and LF and a button for each band that allows you to choose between shelving and bell curves.

For the UltraViolet EQ, SSL pulled the stereo EQ section out of the popular Fusion rackmount unit. While the original Fusion Violet EQ section utilized a two-band design with four selectable frequencies, the UltraViolet EQ offers even more control over the EQing process. We’re talking about a four-band stereo EQ with two additional mid bands that weren’t included in the original design. Let’s not forget about the new “Focus” mode, which when deployed narrows the chosen Q setting further and increases the range of gain available.

Enough talk about the SiX CH Channel Strip and UltraViolet EQ… Let’s hear them in action! We headed into the Vintage King video studio with Olivia Dear and Bryan Reilly to track through a pair of SiX CH modules and do some more detailed carving with the UltraViolet EQ during the mixing process. Check it out below!

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MOTU UltraLite MK5

MOTU UltraLite MK5

5th-generation engineering delivers unprecedented sound quality, ultra-low latency and proven performance.

Performance


Ultra-low latency

Optimized drivers for both Mac and PC deliver ultra-low latency performance. With a high-performance DAW such as Digital Performer, the UltraLite-mk5 delivers an astonishing round trip latency (RTL) of 2.4 ms (milliseconds) over USB (at 96 kHz with a 32-sample host buffer)

Versatility


Built for studio and stage

Housed in a compact, steel enclosure you can take anywhere, the UltraLite-mk5 is equally well-suited for studio and stage, with or without a computer. Connect all your personal studio gear for state-of-the art computer-based recording and production, or take it to your next gig to mix live, without a computer.

Connectivity


40 simultaneous audio channels

As an interface or mixer, the UltraLite-mk5 provides 18 inputs and 22 outputs, for a total of 40 simultaneous, independent I/O channels. You get 2 mic/line/instrument inputs, 6 line inputs, 10 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O. The optical ports alternatively support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

All the I/O you need

Connect all of your audio gear, including speakers, headphones, mics, guitars,
synths, keyboards, drum machines, effects processors and even MIDI devices.

USB Class Compliance


iOS compatibility

The UltraLite-mk5 is USB audio class compliant, giving you plug-and-play compatibility with iPad® and other Apple® iOS devices. Record on-the-go, directly to your iPad, or play backing tracks during a gig, mixed with your live inputs with the UltraLite-mk5’s built-in mixing. Control everything from the CueMix 5™ mixing app on your iPad or iPhone.

Live Streaming


Loopback

The UltraLite-mk5 provides convenient loopback channels to your host computer or iOS device, so you can easily route computer output, along with a mix of live inputs from the UltraLite-mk5 itself, back to the computer, where you can record it back into your podcasting host software or stream it live to the internet. Streaming and podcasting has never been easier and better-sounding!

Mobile recording and mixing

After recording and mixing in the studio, take the UltraLite-mk5 on the road with your laptop for mobile recording and live mixing.

Monitor Mixing with Effects


Introducing CueMix™ 5

CueMix 5 gives you simple, yet comprehensive graphic control over your mix. CueMix 5 is a completely new app with attractive graphic mixing, graphic editing of parametric EQ, and a convenient touch-friendly interface for quick access to all mixing features, digitally controlled trims and other settings in your UltraLite-mk5.

Start making music right away with included workstation software, virtual instruments and loops

Connect the UltraLite-mk5 to your Mac or PC and start laying down tracks with the included Performer Lite production
software, plus hundreds of loops, one-shots and sounds from industry leaders Big Fish Audio, Lucidsamples and Loopmasters.

Performer Lite

Performer Lite provides everything you need to record, edit, mix, process and master your own music tracks quickly and easily. Plug in your mic, guitar and MIDI keyboard and start tracking with over 100 virtual instruments, dozens of effects plug-ins, guitar FX processing and much more.

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Focal Introduces the Alpha EVO Line of Studio Monitors

Focal Introduces the Alpha EVO Line of Studio Monitors

PERFORMANCE & VERSATILITY

Alpha Evo monitors guarantee excellent sonic coherence wherever you are listening. For renewed performance, Focal has chosen an aluminium inverted dome tweeter to ensure vast sound dispersion, as well as the exclusive Slatefiber cone, acclaimed for its neutrality and dynamics.

MULTIPLE FEATURES

Evo stands for Evolution. The Alpha Evo monitors boast a new 1/4″ (6.35mm) TRS jack input, a disengageable automatic standby mode and inserts for wall and ceiling fastening: a truly versatile range (Mix, Mastering, DJ, Broadcast).

EFFICIENT DESIGN

The bass-reflex design of the Alpha Evo monitors ensures easy acoustic integration in even the most cramped spaces. As for aesthetics, the cubic shape of traditional monitors gives way to rounded edges whilst the side panels show off a sleek, robust and modern design that contributes to their performance.

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Black Lion Audio – Hear the Revolution!

Black Lion Audio – Hear the Revolution!

Revolution 2×2 // Reviews, Demos, & Audio Files

Audio files available for download! Test method: Source files were fed from each unit’s analog outputs 1/2 and recorded back in using the same unit’s analog inputs 1/2. This captures both the D/A and A/D characteristics of each interface. Careful attention was paid to level match files as close as possible. Three products were used on all songs below in this test method (Competitor A, Competitor B and Revolution 2×2).

Download Audio Files

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Mixing With The McDSP APB

Mixing With The McDSP APB

Mix With The Analog Processing Box

Product Specialist James Ivey takes us through the process of using the APB, the World’s First Programmable Analog Processor, on a Classic Rock mix that he has been working on. Check out how the mix sounds before and after 24 channels of APB processing, and don’t forget to comment what you think!

Announcing The Royal Mu and Royal Q APB Plug-ins

McDSP is proud to announce two new APB plug-ins – the Royal Mu and the Royal Q. The Royal Mu is a dual-channel compressor and limiter. Features include analog biasing and saturation, mid/side processing, equalization, and a full-featured analog compressor and analog limiter. 
The Royal Q is a dual-channel 4-band equalizer featuring parametric and shelving EQ, mid/side processing, and trim controls. The Royal Q equalization is complemented by a custom analog section for a truly unique hybrid processor. 
These are the latest additions to the growing line of plug-ins designed for the McDSP Analog Processing Box, the world’s first programmable analog processor. The McDSP Analog Processing Box (APB) combines the flexibility of software with the fidelity of premium analog processing. Each channel can be controlled by an AAX, AU, or VST3 plug-in giving true digital workflow with genuine analog performance. Processing options include compressors, mastering limiters, transient enhancement devices, multi-channel and multi-band applications, and much more.
Both the Royal Mu and Royal Q plug-ins are free to registered APB-16 and APB-8 customers.

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Nord Wave 2 at Awave

Nord Wave 2 at Awave

Nord’s Wave 2 is a 4-part performance synth. It marries together virtual analog synthesis, FM and wavetable, with an extremely accessible user interface. Take full advantage of 48 voice polyphony, real-time editing/layering and intuitive controls to craft exciting sonic landscapes. A 61-note keybed with Aftertouch ensures the playing experience here is excellent, every time you sit down to play.