Ultrasone Signature DJ Headphones

Ultrasone have over the last few months a firm fave of the staff here at Scan with a number of us already picking up pairs for our own studios, having been impressed with the clarity and accuracy of the models currently available. This week the range expands with the Ultrasone Signature DJ edition offering the same great sound quality of the Ultrasone Signature studio edition in a more DJ friendly design.

Ultrasone comments on the Signature DJ Edition:

The development of these luxurious DJ headphones drew on the experiences of DJs from all over the world.

Something all passionate DJs have in common is the desire for an exceptional set of headphones. These unique Signature DJ headphones are the product of this background knowledge, our many years of experience in the professional music business and our passion for high-quality products.

The bass-oriented tone quality of the extremely powerful transducer reproduces entirely distortion-free music – even at high volume. Such bass precision and absence of distortion are a result of patented S-Logic PLUS technology. The Signature DJ headphones come equipped with patented MU metal shielding as a matter of course, which in turn reduces electromagnetic radiation by up to 98% – a must for every health and safety conscious professional.

The Signature DJ are the first DJ headphones of their kind with ear and head pads made from Ethiopian sheepskin. Their acoustic insulation and superior wearer-comfort are unparalleled. Another exceptional quality feature of this luxurious leather is its ability to absorb sweat without causing the leather to perish or become porous. In order to underscore the exclusivity and quality of these DJ headphones the name plates are made of toughened glass and imprinted with reflective logos by means of a unique process.

These Ultrasone headphones have been specifically designed for use in clubs but are also perfectly suited for use on the move. The helix cable, delivered as standard, is ideal for professional use and can be used interchangeably between microphone and remote control – enabling the use of mobile devices everywhere.

Ultrasone Signature Dj

Ultrasone Signature DJ Specifications:

Principle: Dynamic / Closed
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Driver: 50 mm Mylar
Magnet: NdFeB
Frequency range: 5 – 32.000 Hz
SPL: 115 dB
Weight (excl. cord): 300 g
2 detachable cords: coiled cable up to 3,0m, goldplated 6.3mm plug
1,2m straight cable with microphone and remote control, angled 3,5mm gold plated plug
ULE technology
S-Logic Plus technology
Ethiopian sheep skin leather head pad and ear pads
Real glass nameplates
Transportation case

Conclusions:

If they sound anything like the rest of the Ultrasone range they should be great sounding headphones and the design aims laid out above indicate that the should be plenty of thought put into the design and comfort aspects of the headphones. We’re certainly looking forward to getting a look at a pair soon and if your in the market for a set of highend Dj headphones the Ultrasone Signature Dj editions should certainly be worth a look.

The Ultrasone Headphone range at Scan

Native Instruments Takes Kontrol Once More With A New Teaser

On the horizon is a new Dj mixer / controller hybrid from Native Instruments under the Kontrol banner. Details at this moment are extremely limited with a only a small teaser video to go off at this time.

Rather than try and break it down and second guess what those guys have up their sleeves are up to we’ll leave you with the video link itself below to decide for yourself.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is the latest interface to join the Scarlett family alongside the 2i2, 8i6 and 18i6.

Featuring two combined Microphone and Instrument preamps, it basically has a very similar front panel layout as the Focsurrite Scarlett 2i2, but the real difference is with the addtion of 4 Phono outputs on the rear panel for easy interfacing with unbalanced DJ mixers. The four outputs opens up a whole heap of options from separate headphone monitor mixes to two channel stereo output for DJ’ing.

As with all the Scarlett range, it includes Ableton Live lite and the Scarlett Plug-In suite.

It’s pretty obvious that this is an update of the Focusrite Saffire 6, which we’d very much welcome as the rest of the Focusrite Scarlett range takes advantage of advances in technology since the introduction of the Focusrite Saffire USB units.

The Focusrite Scarlett range is fairly lightweight, considering the all-aluminium shell, but is defiantly robust enough to cope with being thrown in a bag for impromptu recording sessions.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Key features include:

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • Anodised Aluminium Unibody Chassis
  • Ring LED signal indicators (green means healthy signal, red indicates clipping)
  • High-quality 24-bit/96 kHz USB interface
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Mixer knob for latency-free direct monitoring, mixes between input signal and DAW playback signal
  • USB bus-powered
  • Two Neutrik combination inputs
  • Rear panel balanced TRS outputs (1 & 2) and phono (1-4)
  • MIDI in and out
  • Headphone amplifier with separate level control
  • Headphone monitor switch to hear either set of outputs
  • Switchable phantom power
  • Switchable 10dB pad on all inputs
  • Large monitor level control
  • Includes Xcite+ Pack, Ableton Live Lite and Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2i4 will be available in October with an RRP of 149.99

More information can be found on the Focusrite 2i4 product page here.

Focusrite Products @ Scan.

Motu Introduce Wireless Control Of CueMix From Your iPad

A welcome feature set announcement from MOTU this morning as they introduce wireless control of their Cuemix client from your iPad.

If you own already own a CueMix-equipped MOTU audio interface you can now grab a free download from MOTU where the the latest CueMix FX software includes TouchOSC templates for your iPad. These will give you access too and  complete control over the CueMix mixing and effects processing in your MOTU audio interface. Control your mix from anywhere in your home or studio via its Wi-Fi network. All CueMix-equipped MOTU interfaces are supported, both current and legacy models (see list below).

The CueMix mixer in your MOTU audio interface can be controlled from an iPad using an iPad app called TouchOSC. From your iPad, you can perform all CueMix mixing functions using the on-screen faders, knobs, and buttons in TouchOSC. Communication is bi-directional, so any changes you make on your computer screen will also be reflected on your iPad.

So how does wireless control of CueMix from your iPad work?

The CueMix FX (or CueMix DSP) mixer in your MOTU audio interface hardware is controlled by the CueMix FX software running on your computer. The CueMix FX software is, in turn, controlled by TouchOSC running on your iPad, which communicates wirelessly with your computer.

Open Sound Control (OSC) is a protocol for communication among computers, sound synthesizers, and other multimedia devices that is optimized for modern networking technology.

TouchOSC is a customizable OSC and MIDI control surface app for the iPad. It is available through the Apple App Store and allows you to control applications on your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.

MOTU has created custom TouchOSC iPad layouts for controlling CueMix FX. When you load them into TouchOSC, your iPad becomes a customized Wi-Fi control surface for CueMix FX.

Supported MOTU audio interface models

When you purchase a MOTU audio interface, you enjoy lasting performance and value, along with the very latest cutting edge technology. Through software and driver innovations like this, we are often able to extend new technologies to a MOTU audio interface you purchased years ago, to bring extra value to your MOTU investment.

Fortunately, our new CueMix FX Wi-Fi features support new and legacy models alike. Supported MOTU interface models include:

  • Any “mk3” MOTU audio interface
  • Any “mkII” MOTU audio interface (including the 896HD, UltraLite, and Traveler)
  • 4pre
  • Audio Express
  • MicroBook
  • MicroBook II
  • PCI-424 core systems
  • Track16

For more infomation from MOTU and to download the updates click here.

MOTU Hardware From Scan

Allen & Heath ICE-16 Interface Announced

A surprising one for us to see here at Scan but a welcome move none the less. Allen & Heath have been a firm favorite of this particular writer since he first got his hands on a Xone62 many years ago. Great build quality matched with attention to detail and great customer service make this Cornwall based mixer maker a easy choice for pro installs where a true work horse is required.

So this weeks announcement in the form of the Allen & Heath ICE-16 which is a 16 channel hybrid (USB/Firewire) audio interface comes as something of a surprise entry into what is already a fairly crowded market. What can these guys offer and just why are we so excited?

 

 The offical line on the Allen & Heath ICE-16:

The Allen & Heath ICE-16 makes multitrack recording easy. Forget all that fiddling around at the back of clunky HD recorders or messing about with soundcard drivers. ICE-16 lets you capture a high quality 16 track recording straight to a USB key or hard drive.

The Allen & Heath ICE-16 is also a powerful 16×16 audio interface capable of studio quality recording over high-speed USB or FireWire. Whether it’s a live band, a studio session, a conference, a function or a theatre rehearsal, the Allen & Heath ICE-16 is the ideal choice for recording multichannel audio with or without your computer.

  • 16 analogue Inputs, 16 analogue Outputs
  • Front USB socket for easy capture to USB storage devices
  • Hybrid FireWire (IEE1394) / USB 2.0 16×16 audio interface
  • Industry standard wav file format
  • Up to 6 hours of 16 channel audio on a 32GB USB stick
  • Signal Present and Peak LED metering on each channel
  • Mono headphone bus for Input or Output monitoring
  • Daisy chain multiple units over FireWire
  • Familiar transport buttons and intuitive controls

It’s essentially a front end to allow 16 channel multitrack recording and playback with full audio interface functionality and the option to bypass the computer completely and record straight to a USB connected hard drive or solid state media. Not only that but multiple units can be chained up to allow more I/O options should they be required meaning that from a live point of view it comes close to our current live favorite the RME UCX but at a sizable cost saving. That’s not to say it’ll be quite as fully featured as the rather epic RME behemoth but we can quite clearly see a lot of uses where bands will be able to make use of a high track count audio interface and recording frontend device such as this without all the extra features, whistles and bells of the higher cost device.

So all that coupled with the good name of Allen & Heath, their well regarded reliability we’re looking forward to getting our hands on one in the near future… The biggest shock however is the price. From a company that has never cut corners or been known for making cheap units we see the SRP is 785 inc vat.

We await this one with much interest!

Allen & Heath ICE-16 FrontAllen & Heath Ice-16 Rear

 

Allen & Heath ICE-16 Homepage

Avid HD Native Thunderbolt Edition

The distant rumble of Thunderbolt has been echoing around in the background now for the past couple of years and whilst it promises to be the one connector to rule them all at some point, that still feels to be somewhere in far off distant future. What we have seen so far have been a couple of flagship high end solutions from a number of firms eager to give some early support to this still young protocol it appears that Avid too this week have thrown their hat into the ring with the unveiling of the Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt Interface.

The Offical Line On The Avid HD Native Thunderbolt Edition:

Avid® today announced the new Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt™ interface, delivering the lowest latency and the highest sound quality of any host based audio workstation for Thunderbolt technology equipped CPUs. The Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface brings the industry-standard Pro Tools® HD toolset and premium conversion of Pro Tools HD Series interfaces to a broader group of customers who use a laptop or other computer with Thunderbolt technology, at a great value.

With its elegantly implemented Thunderbolt connectivity, the Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface gives producers, engineers, and mixers the incredible sound quality, low latency, and sheer power of the award-winning Pro Tools|HD Native system in a mobile-based hardware solution, while connecting with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces (such as HD OMNI and HD I/O) for capturing and monitoring audio with pristine clarity. In addition, customers can conveniently monitor mixes using the interface’s built-in audiophile-grade headphone output, which is powerful enough to drive headphones with high impedance loads.

Pro Tools|HD Native enables customer to:

  • Harness the power of your desktop or laptop computer with choice of Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card
  • Attain the highest performance and lowest latency of any native DAW
  • Achieve pristine audio clarity with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces
  • Get the advanced tools and workflows of Pro Tools HD 10 software
  • Monitor every mix detail with the built in audiophile-grade headphone output

“Pro Tools|HD Native makes it easy for professionals to get top quality sound and performance in an affordable, host-based solution,” says Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products at Avid. “With Avid’s new solution, pros now can choose from two Pro Tools|HD Native designs: the new Thunderbolt interface for Thunderbolt-equipped laptop and desktop computers, or the original PCIe card.”

We are still waiting for UK pricing but the release goes on to discuss the packages available and that Pro Tools|HD Native is sold as a system that includes a choice of HD Native core —Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card — Pro Tools HD software, and a choice of Pro Tools HD Series audio interface. System prices are the same for both core systems and these range from $4000 to $6000 depending on the options selected.

Avid Products @ Scan

Korg KROME

KORG KROME: Set to clean up the workstation market?


Once again, it looks like the mighty Korg are set to clean up the workstation market with the announcement of the new Korg KROME workstation available now.

So what’s exciting about the Korg KROME?

Lets have a little look:

First off, this is a KORG workstation, which means that you are benefitting from years of  experience as the world leaders in this area.
Next, its born from the Korg KRONOS, undoubtedly the best workstation available in the world today.  It has the Korg KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage, and these electric pianos have eight levels of velocity switching for total expressive control.
640 programs and 288 combis mean it will cover pretty much every sound type you’re going to need.

It has the big 7 inch colour TouchView screen from Korg KRONOS so you can clearly see what you’re doing, and remember with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ you will be doing a lot of tweaking and experimenting.
It offers the Drum Track feature, which is a superb tool for playing along to, making practice a lot more enjoyable, and adding realistic backing if you’re playing live.
The incredibly high quality drum samples are all able to be mixed seperately and it’s able to talk to your computer via USB and the Korg KROME Editor software.
It also includes an SD card slot for extra data storage.

But, all of this isn’t the exciting bit……

No, the exciting bit is that you can buy this state of the art, fantastically specced workstation, that will work superbly both Live and in the studio for the unbelievable price of…..

£799.00

Now that is exciting……..

You can read more about the Korg KROME here

Korg Products @ Scan

Focusrite iTrack Solo – iPad Audio Interface

Focusrite’s iTrack Solo is thier second new offering of the day and brings the iPad into the interface fold with the same preamps as found in their Scarlett and Saffire interfaces.

It features recording at sample rates up to 96kHz and 24 Bit Resolution and is housed in the same aluminum case as the Scarlett 2i2, but in a fetching silver finish.

Key Features of the iTrack Solo

  • High-quality award-winning Focusrite microphone input.
  • Made for iPad. Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Direct connections for microphone and instrument.
  • Signal halos for level and clip indication.
  • Connect directly to a loudspeaker system via rear panel phono connectors.
  • Aluminium unibody case.

You can read more about the Focusrite iTrack Solo Here

Pre-order from Scan now for October delivery – Priced £129.99

Focusrite Forte Audio Interface

Today Focusrite unveil “Forte”, their flagship portable audio interface.
Named in honour of their legendary console that virtually bankrupted the company in the 1980’s, this holds all the same quality values that they hold dear to thier hearts, but focuses on premium sound on the go. The interface’s key feature is that the Microphone preamps are taken from thier high end RedNet, ethernet based audio system, not the same ones used in the Saffire and Scarlett ranges.

I was really impressed by some of the design choices for this product, the large Aluminum volume and parameter control is just the ticket to pair up with some powered monitors. Some thought has also gone into the connections, with the outputs directly on the back panel, whilst the mic and instrument connections are on a detactchable extension lead.

I really am looking forward to running some tests on the A/D conversion, as the converters have 117dB and 118dB respectivel;y for the ADC and DAC.
These figures are actual real-world measurements, unlike many other manufacturers, so we should be able to expect Pro-tools HD quality as a minimum.

The only slight limitation is that the device cannot be powered from USB when using Phantom Power, it requires an external supply.
What this tells me is that the chips (converters, Preamps, op-amps and associated circuitry) take a lot more power, which totally goes in line with the premium nature of the product and has my faith in the no-expense spared concept.

I can almost hear the RME Babyface quivvering in it’s booties!

I’m looking forward to putting this through it’s paces as soon as i can.

Key Features of the Focusrite Forte

• Premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and PC.
• Best-in-class mic preamp performance with 75dB gain range (0-75dB).
• Class-leading real world ADC (117dB A-weighted) and DAC (118dB A-weighted).
• Colour OLED screen with motion graphics to show input and output signal levels.
• Multi-function touch icons and scroll wheel with DAW control functions.
• Bus-powered from USB cable (included PSU required for phantom power).

You can read more on the Focusrite Forte here

Forte will be available in October from Scan, – Pre Order now for £399.99

 

Maschine Mikro Drops to £159 and gets Massive

In the light of the announcement that the Maschine Mikro mk2 is on it’s way the original mk1 edition has price crashed this week. Now available for the rather budget friendly £159, the Maschine Mikro packs the same great sound banks and features as it’s larger relation but simply loses a few knobs and dials, meaning you have to do a little more work in the software side of things. This means that it might not be ideal for those performing live, but for those banging out beats in the studio this is a very attractive price point for a whole lot of controller.

Maschine Mikro – The Massive Offer!

Owners of the MK1 Maschine Mikro will qualify for the 1.8 upgrade due in October, which will include a free copy of the now legendary synth “Massive” being thrown in for good measure which I’m perfectly sure needs no introduction to the vast majority of our readers. All that has to be said is, if you don’t already have a copy then that alone makes it worth the purchase price!

Maschine Mikro at Scan Computers for £159Native Instruments Maschine Mikro For £159 @ Scan