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Back To Black – Antelope Bring Out A New Addition To The ORION Family, The ORION32 HD

Bulgaria seems to be a bit of a busy place for Pro Audio at the moment with Antelope pushing out some absolutely fantastic gear and progressing on the software side of things at a staggering pace. The Balkan Mountains truly are alive with the sound of music…courtesy of Antelope’s pristine AD/DA conversion and supreme clocking!

Truth be told, it’s a pain (in a good way) keeping the content updated for their products, the guys and girls over at Antelope are like a machine, churning out updates to their FPGA based ecosystem of interfaces – giving their customers extra functionality and making additions to the free FPGA FX packages.

Enter the new addition to the family – the stunning looking ORION32 HD was announced at NAMM and I imagine Pro Tools HD users are pretty happy. It’s compatible with any DAW on the market via a HDX port or USB 3.0. This means no matter what you choose to use in the studio you can benefit from 64 channel 192kHz audio I/O, Zero Latency Monitoring, industry-leading AFC clocking and as you’d expect, flawless conversion. Throw in the usual plethora of connectivity such as ADAT, MADI, S/PDIF, Wordclock and mastering-grade Monitor outs and you have a beast of an interface. Now if you have a Pro Tools HD setup and a customer comes in with a laptop project made on Cubase, Logic or Presonus etc then you can simply use the USB port to integrate their project directly into your existing setup – no extra interfaces needed!

Coming back to the free FPGA FX package, if you’re not aware of it – Antelope have integrated a fine selection of free hardware-based vintage FX. The ever growing library includes hardware-based vintage EQ’s, compressors and Auraverb. The exquisite collections of Vintage EQ’s include authentic models of Lang PEQ-1, BAE 1073, 1084, 1023, UK-69 and many other classic British and German vintage units. If vintage compressors are more to your favour, how about a life-like model of the FET76 aka the legendary UREI 1176LN?

One more thing to note is the impressive software control. The routing matrix is pretty neat and even that has had some little tweaks over the last few software revisions to make it even easier to use. The control panel can be run on any machine on the network allowing for remote access to all the important stuff and as a side bonus, the control panel can be resized at will – its the little things that can make a huge difference in the right circumstances!

The ORION32 HD is available for pre-order at Scan Pro Audio, go take a look!

Roland Namm 2013 Announcements

With the start of what is perhaps the largest show in the music tech calender only days away the announcements are starting to pick up. In what can only be described as a shotgun approach, Roland takes no prisoners by announcing all their product in one deft swoop.

So without further ado for the full line up you can rock on over to http://www.rolandconnect.com/and check the lot!

We’ve had a look through what’s on display and in amongst the guitar pedals & performance keyboards the are a few bits that grab our interest.

Roland Duo Capture MKII

The audio interfaces of course were always going to be the obvious ones. Expanding on the current range of durable recording options we have two new units the first being the Roland Duo Capture.

Roland Duo Capture MK2Roland Duo MK2 end shot

The beauty of smaller interfaces is that everything you need to know is probably on show in those two images; for the full run down however keep reading:

  • Small, convenient audio interface for mobile musicians
  • Compatible with Mac and PC; iPad compatibility via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • 1/4-inch MIC/GUITAR input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly
  • 1/8-inch stereo input; 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch dual headphone outputs
  • Dedicated controls for input and output volume
  • Low-latency ASIO (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers; input monitor function
  • USB bus powered
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE for Windows included

Roland Studio Capture

Now we get a bit more interesting. When Focusrite announced their new interface last week we mentioned a lack of choice when it comes to interfaces with loads of mic inputs for a reasonable price point. The Roland Studio Capture has 12 of them in a 2U USB based rack solution…. that’s a lot of inputs for a unit of this kind.

Roland Studio Capture Front

Roland Studio Capture Back

Once again the pictures give you a good idea of what we can expect here but its certainly worth going into more detail as the is a lot of features crammed into rather tight space.

  • High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production
  • 16 audio inputs and 10 audio outputs, including 12 premium mic preamps (VS PREAMP)
  • VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac
  • AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps
  • Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons
  • Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes
  • XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs
  • Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT
  • Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver
  • 2U rackmount ears included

 

I have to say we’re looking forward to seeing how this one does when it lands and at what price point. It offers a lot and at the right price could prove attactive to a lot of studios in various recording senarios.

Roland TD-4KP

So the obvious stuff out of the way, what else do we like the look of? Well we saw some inital details on this a few weeks back and it pop’d up on a few peoples want list on the staff here in Scan. It’s a portable set of V-Drums, whats not to love?

Roland TD-4KP

  • Renowned V-Drums sound and quality in an ultra-portable mobile kit
  • Innovative folding design for quick, compact breakdown and easy transport/storage
  • Includes TD-4 Percussion Sound Module, loaded with expressive sounds, Coach and Quick Record/Play functions, and more
  • Eight pads total: kick, snare, toms x3, hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals; FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller included
  • Snare and tom pads feature cushioned-rubber surfaces for natural playing feel
  • Options: custom carrying case (CB-TDP); mesh-head snare pad (PDX-6 / PDX-8); pad mount (MDH-12); drum accessory package (DAP-3X); drum mat (TDM series)

 

Small, lightweight and portable with the added bonus of being silent once you add headphones. For people living in locations where a large amount of noise could be problematic during practice, this kit offers up an ideal solution. Perfect if your living in a city center flat and don’t want to give up your sticks!

To find all these and more at Scan : Click here