Universal Audio have launched a new software platform Luna. The new app is a recording and mixing environment, expanding on their console system, offering near zero-latency monitoring and a built-in Neve summing system. There's also built-in multi-track tape emulation and new instruments including an officially-licensed Minimoog clone, a Ravel Grand Piano instrument and a new sampler called Shape. UA say there's more instruments to come from UA themselves, Spitfire Audio and more.
Akai have announced the MPC One, a portable, standalone production unit that costs £639. The new MPC, which features all the usual audio editing and sampling options you’d expect from the range, builds on the popularity of the MPC Live, expanding the buttons and controls on the unit, but lowering the price. The device features a seven-inch multitouch screen along with Q Link which maps whatever parameters are on screen to a set of four control knobs.
Pioneer DJ have announced a new flagship mixer – the DJM-V10. Featuring six channels, new FX and filters, a compressor on every channel, the ability to reroute effects internally and a new isolator three-band master EQ. Speaking of EQ, the V10 features four-band EQ, similar to that of the Allen & Heath Xone range, doubling up on the mid with a Mid-Lo and Mid-Hi band per channel.
Rane have announced a new battle mixer, the Seventy. An update to their ultra-popular Seventy-Two mixer, the new Seventy features a new lighter, MAG Four crossfader and an external crossfader tension adjust, independent pad modes for each channel across the 32 MIDI-assignable pads, six internal FLEX effects and Serato DJ FX control, browse, load and transport control buttons and new instant double buttons.
Denon DJ have announced a new portable DJ product – the Prime GO. The battery-powered unit is a standalone DJ unit with XLR outputs, dual combi-jack microphone inputs, a seven-inch multi-touch screen, two faders and a crossfader, an independent FX section with a filter and washout delay per channel. Like the other products recently announced by Denon DJ, the GO also has WiFi and ethernet internet for streaming from TiDAL, with SoundCloud, Beatport LINK, Beatsource and other streaming platforms coming soon.
Korg have remade the classic ARP2600 synth. The iconic mono, semi-modular synth is most famous for being the sound behind R2D2 in the original Star Wars movies, and more recently, the sound of 'Inspector Norse'. The synth is famous for its lush tones and filters, as well as its flexible modulation options. The new Korg ARP2600 is a true recreation, with added MIDI DIN and USB ports, as well as adding the ARP3260's duophonic keyboard, and a new arp and sequencer.
Korg have announced a new synth called Wavestate. The 37-key synth features a new Wave Sequencing 2.0 technology that allows users to morph and shape parameters using the 16-step sequencer. Unlike the classic Korg Wavestation the synth is based on where each parameter looped at the same rate, Wave Sequencing 2.0 allows you to assign independent loop lengths to parameters like Pitch, Sample, Timing, Shape, Gate etc, meaning you avoid that 'looping' feel, for more organic and polyrhythmic modulations.
Moog have announced a new synth the Subsequent 25. The new synth is announced alongside a collaboration with Flying Lotus who composed the soundtrack for a new video 'Building Your World'. The 25 replaces the Sub Phatty, which was also announced with the Brainfeeder boss back in 2013. The two-note polyphonic synth appropriately features 25 keys, a new more ‘playable’ keybed, a redesigned multi-drive circuit and a “reshaped gain staging in the Ladder Filter to boost harmonic saturation and analogue compression, resulting in an overall richer low end.”
Denon DJ have announced a new standalone DJ unit, the Prime 2. A two-channel standalone unit, the new Prime 2 runs Denon DJ’s Engine OS operating system, and builds on the Prime 4 by adding some features from the new SC6000 player range that was announced last week.