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Even more News from Frankfurt Musikmesse 2008

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Today is our wrap-up of the huge Musikmesse tradeshow, which closed on March 15th. Naturally there were other items shown, and we’ll be filling you in on those as more info becomes available and the gear begins to actually ship.

  • Line 6: The company unveiled its new M13 Stompbox Modeler, brimming with over 75 effects, including distortions, reverbs, delays, and even a full-featured, 28-second looper. The road-worthy M13 lets you chain together as many as four effects simultaneously, in any order, assigned to any of the 12 footswitches. Each effect’s parameters have dedicated knobs, avoiding complicated menus and presets. Next up, the JM4 Looper sparks unlimited inspiration thanks to its 100 Endless Jam tracks and drum grooves in more than 10 styles, all performed by top LA and Nashville session players so they aren’t rigid and robotic, plus it has a full arsenal of legendary Line 6 tones.
    Finally, Line 6 announced that it has acquired X2 Digital Wireless Systems, one of the leading manufacturers in that field. The acquisition gives Line 6 access to X2’s proprietary, patent-pending technology, its product line, as well as its vision for creating the finest digital wireless products for musicians, vocalists, and audio professionals.

  • M-Audio: The company showed its new rack-mountable Fast Track Ultra 8R 8 x 8 audio MIDI interface, which features high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, MX Core DSP mixer, and eight preamps with award-winning Octane technology. Designed for demanding multitrack projects, the interface features a rugged 1U rackmountable metal chassis, with high-speed USB 2.0 technology delivering the bandwidth for advanced performance with 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution throughout the recording and monitoring process. The company also announced the ProKeys Sono 61 and ProKeys Sono 88 portable digital pianos. Designed to help keyboard players and songwriters bridge the gap between writing, recording, and performing, each ProKeys Sono portable digital piano delivers premium on-board sounds, exceptional semi-weighted action, and a built-in audio interface.

  • Mackie: The company unveiled its new U.420 and the U.420d production mixers for today’s musicians, DJs, and producers. Each model features a micro-master section with otherwise full-size qualities such as a prominent master volume knob and high-resolution metering. Mic or stereo line channel strips with 3-band active EQ, a built-in DI box and RIAA phono preamps allow you to plug-in, and turn up for live sound and recording gigs via integrated FireWire I/O, while “loop-thru” routing enables you to mix and record analog and DAW playback with a couple of simple moves. Each offers a stereo aux send, headphone out with pre-main level control, and self-monoing outputs.

  • Edirol by Roland: The company announced the newest addition to its award-winning line of portable digital recorders, the R-09HR. It has a new rubberized grip, an updated design with an upgraded pro-quality stereo microphone and an onboard preview speaker for instant audio playback. The new low-noise preamp circuitry allows pros to record in WAV or MP3 formats with resolution up to 24bit/96kHz. Users can easily navigate recordings with its larger high-contrast LED screen and record to SD/SDHC media cards up to 32GB. It ships with Cakewalk’s Pyro Audio Creator LE software and allows over eight hours of recording with NiMH rechargeable batteries.

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