PreSonus Studio One 5.4 Update Adds Native Apple Silicon Support and Performance Improvements

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PreSonus® has released Studio One® 5.4, the latest version of its award-winning recording and production software (DAW). The third major feature update in less than six months, Studio One 5.4 introduces several performance and capability improvements.

With version 5.4, Studio One 5 Professional, Artist, and Prime now offer native support for Apple Silicon processor-based Macs®. The Universal Binary macOS® version is switchable between native Apple Silicon and Rosetta Intel®-emulation modes. Native mode offers additional CPU optimization for overall better performance but requires plug-ins, instruments, and hardware drivers to be native as well. To that end, all PreSonus plug-ins, extensions, and hardware drivers for macOS now offer full native support for Apple Silicon.

Roland Announces V-02HD MK II Streaming Video Mixer

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Roland announces the V-02HD MK II Streaming Video Mixer, a simple and affordable solution for bringing higher production values to computer-based livestreaming. Compact and easy to use, the V-02HD MK II allows users to connect and switch two high-quality HDMI cameras and send them directly to a favorite streaming platform over USB-C. It’s also possible to mix in audio sources via dedicated inputs and HDMI, apply video effects and transitions, and more.

From talk shows and live demonstrations to artistic performances and beyond, cameras that support HDMI output will elevate the image quality in livestreams and drive more audience engagement. They have much better lenses than any webcam and often have zoom capability to frame the perfect shot. Users can connect up to two HDMI cameras to the V-02HD MK II and let Roland’s advanced tech handle all the details, eliminating USB conflicts with multiple webcams and HDMI-to-USB encoder adaptors. Other devices with HDMI output are also supported, including computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.

MSE Audio’s SoundTube® Releases Updates to Line Array Speakers

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MSE Audio announces an updated aluminum casing to SoundTube’s LA880i-II and LA808i-II line array speakers. While there are no acoustic changes to the superior sound quality of the speakers, they now come with aluminum cabinets for a contemporary look and cleaner aesthetic.

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“SoundTube’s LA880i-II and LA808i-II line array speakers have a new, sleek look. The new aluminum casing enhances the speakers’ looks, blending in modern spaces seamlessly,” said Mike Sipe, vice president, sales. “The speakers continue to be ideal for PA and sound reinforcement applications for large groups of people, such as large houses of worship, university lecture halls, transportation centers such as train platforms, and airport terminals.”

Roland Announces Aerophone Pro Version 2.0, Available for Free Download

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Roland is announcing a free Version 2.0 update for owners of the Aerophone Pro. With a refined design, premium components, and a vast sonic palette from Roland’s most advanced sound engines, Aerophone Pro’s latest update adds new, expressive features for wind players, including access to Roland Cloud Wave Expansions, Sound Packs with custom-designed sounds, motion sensor control, and updated clarinet and flute fingering modes.

Aerophone Pro makes it easy to channel creativity and lose yourself in the moment. Adjustable fingerings for saxophone (complete with a high-F# key), brasswinds, and now flute and clarinet, make it easy to play for new or existing Aerophone users. And the new motion sensor, programmable controllers for both hands, and a MIDI input for footswitches greatly expand performance options. Through extensive research and development, the breath and bite sensors are more responsive and expressive than ever, with low latency and configurable settings to suit any unique playing style.

L-Acoustics SB10i Subwoofer Delivers Big Low-End from Ultra-Compact Package

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Today, L-Acoustics is pleased to announce the launch of its newest addition to the SB lineup, the SB10i. Delivering the same sonic signature of the company’s much larger subs, but from a vastly scaled-down enclosure design, SB10i is not much larger than two side-by-side shoe boxes.

“The L-Acoustics R&D teams took on the challenge of designing a low-frequency enclosure with the industry-recognized L-Acoustics sound in a living room-proportioned enclosure,” says L-Acoustics Product Manager Germain Simon. “Even though it may sound like it defies the laws of physics, our new SB10i is a brilliant realization of that objective. It condenses the full power of an SB Series sub into an incredibly small, efficient package that will fit into any environment where a visually discreet yet high-performance system is desired.”

TOP-TIER BROADCASTS AND CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH NEW MICROFLEX ® MX415 DUAL CARTRIDGE MICROPHONE

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High-profile corporate presentations and top-tier broadcasts require consistent audio for live events and broadcast recording feeds. Shure understands reliable audio is key and is launching its new Microflex® MX415 Dual Cartridge Gooseneck Microphone, to provide maximum versatility and a streamlined appearance for applications where great sound and great looks go hand-in-hand.

Mounted to a single, flexible gooseneck, the sleek, low-profile dual cartridge housing ensures every word is captured simultaneously by two cardioid cartridges, each to a separate output preamp – ensuring reliable, multi-feed audio with a streamlined appearance for major broadcast events, corporate presentations, and all other critical use cases.

Development of New TASCAM XLR Audio Adapter Allows Mirrorless Cameras in Collaboration with Canon, Fujifilm, and Nikon to Capture Professional Audio

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TEAC Corporation is proud to announce the development of the TASCAM CA-XLR2d professional audio XLR microphone adapter for mirrorless cameras. This product is targeted for worldwide release by the end of 2021.

The CA-XLR2d lineup is a collaboration between TEAC Corporation working independently with Canon Inc., FUJIFILM Corporation and Nikon Corporation. The strategy is to combine the leading camera manufacturers know-how, and the high quality audio capturing technology from TASCAM.

Audio-Technica Updates Flagship Wireless ATH-M50x Model with ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

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Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, announces the introduction of its new ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, the next generation of the flagship wireless iteration of its popular ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones. When A-T brought the legendary ATH-M50x studio sound into the world of personal wireless audio, they created a product that was hailed as among the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market. But they weren’t content to stop there: the ATH-M50xBT2 features a number of enhancements to improve performance and usability. The acclaimed sonic signature, however, remains unchanged.

The M50xBT2 delivers the same exhilarating wireless listening experience as its predecessor, offering exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response. Updated and enhanced features include improved vocal pickup, incorporating dual-microphone beamforming technology for clearer phone calls and communication with the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant; the addition of multipoint pairing to let users connect wirelessly to two Bluetooth® devices at once; an updated USB-C connection; a low-latency mode, improving synchronicity between audio and video for smooth streaming and gaming; and compatibility with multiple audio codecs (SBC, AAC and LDAC). There’s even the option to adjust the headphone’s EQ settings, if users so choose, by making the changes in the A-T Connect app and saving the settings on the headphones themselves. Battery life is approximately 50 hours of continuous use on a full charge and up to 3 hours of use on a 10-minute rapid charge via USB-C connection.

Austrian Audio Releases Studio-Quality Stage Mics

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Austrian Audio announces two new microphones that bring their acclaimed studio-quality microphone experience and technology to new handheld vocal mics that are designed for live performance.

The OC707 is a rugged vocal microphone with a die-cast body and true condenser technology for superior sound on stage. Developed and built in Vienna, the OC707 contains a small-diaphragm condenser capsule with a frequency response optimized for the human voice. The capsule is handmade in Austrian Audio’s facilities in Vienna. Its combination of low self-noise (19 dB SPL) and high sound pressure level (150 dB SPL) results in an impressive dynamic range, creating a vocal microphone that has all the important characteristics of a studio mic but can withstand the rigors of everyday stage use.

Electro-Voice Launches MTS Series Point-Source Loudspeaker Systems for Large Venues

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Electro-Voice is expanding its portfolio of sound solutions for stadiums and sports venues with the global introduction of the MTS series of full-range, high-output, long-throw, point-source loudspeaker systems. Each MTS model is equipped with four 15″ woofers and dual coaxial mid/high frequency compression drivers. The system is capable of generating more than 151 dB peak SPL with exact directivity for very-long-throw applications.

MTS represents a truly holistic approach to loudspeaker design. Loudspeaker geometry, complementary amplifier matching, and digital processing are computer-optimized to ensure precisely distributed SPL that remains balanced and controlled throughout the entire coverage area – even at full output. Four slot-loaded, high efficiency low-frequency drivers are symmetrically coupled to the same full-range waveguide as the compression drivers to create a true point-source with substantial bass response, eliminating the need for additional subwoofers in many applications.