New Gear Alert: Major Slate Raven Update, Tape Delay Plugin by JST, Roland’s Compact Audio Mixer for Smartphones & More

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Slate announces a major update for Raven.

Raven’s 3.3 update most prominently features “Gestures,” a new development offering even further efficiencies for those who work on the touch-sensitive digital control surfaces.

Slate’s new update furthers the virtual innovation of the Raven console software with major announcements like Cubase PC, “Gestures,” and a Pro Tools Mixer Lock.

Though there’s plenty to be excited about with this update, Gestures is the prominent new feature in version 3.3. Gestures allows classic multi-touch commands to control important elements of the DAW such as opening and closing plugins, muting and unmuting tracks, zooming in and out, and more.

Check out what’s possible with Gestures here.

To download Raven 3.3, log into your Slate account and click the Raven 3.3 download for Mac or PC.


Joey Sturgis Tones introduces Soar Tape Delay plugin.

Soar is the first plugin of its kind to offer tape degradation controls, accessible via the “Health” and “Contour” knobs on the plugin’s attractive and vintage GUI.

Soar is a tape delay combining the lush, analog tones of tape with the power and flexibility of digital processing. With Soar, you maintain complete creative control of your delays in a clean, feature-packed plugin.

Whether you’re looking for a straightforward quarter note delay, or a multi-head tape delay journey, Soar delivers a wide variety of tonal options. In addition to the traditional controls of analog & digital delays, Soar is the first plugin of its kind to offer tape degradation controls in-the-box. Use the “Health” and “Contour” knobs to dial in anything from vintage saturation to a full-on tape machine breakdown.

Soar is available via the JST website for $99.


Roland GO:MIXER — a compact audio mixer for smartphones — is now available.

With GO:MIXER, those who use a smartphone for video production can benefit from the added flexibility of multiple inputs and mixdown capabilities offered in this compact new device from Roland.

Roland announces the availability of GO:MIXER, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, GO:MIXER connects digitally via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s a marked upgrade over using the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input.

With multiple inputs available, users can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players, and mix them all together live while they shoot. Ultra-portable and simple to use, GO:MIXER is the ideal solution for adding a pro sound touch to social media videos.

GO:MIXER has a U.S. street price of $99. To learn more, visit Roland’s website.


Audio-Technica introduces new high density, spectrum-efficient 6000 Series Wireless System.

Users can now enjoy 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth, along with scores of other new features, via the new 6000 Series Wireless system by Audio-Technica.

Audio-Technica’s new 6000 Series High Density Wireless System is a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth. The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving the need for spectrum-efficient technology to operate a high number of simultaneous channels in today’s market. To address this issue, Audio-Technica developed the 6000 Series, whose channels are spaced at 125 KHz intervals and can all be used simultaneously. The system operates in the 944-952 MHz band, which is free of broadcast TV.

The 6000 Series system consists of the following components: The ATW-R6200 receiver, the ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter, an optional ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system, and a number of compatible Audio-Technica lavalier and headworn microphones. Key features include high-performance filtering to remove external noise, clear, easy-to-read displays, transmitter frequency setup from receiver via IR sync, network monitor and control, durable, compact body-pack transmitter design, and a highly reliable new miniature input connector.

The 6000 Series wireless system will be available in Spring 2017 with the following components and pricing:

– ATW-R6200 receiver: $2,999
– ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter: $1,299
– ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system: $4,349
– ATW-F948 pair of antenna filters: $189
– AT898cH subminiature cardioid condenser lavalier microphone: $179
– AT899cH subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone: $179
– BP892cH MicroSet® subminiature omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: $309
– BP893cH MicroEarset omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: $259
– BP894cH MicroSet subminiature cardioid condenser headworn microphone: $359


Tracktion Software Corporation announces the launch of the MOK Waverazor.

The new MOK Waverazor by Tracktion allows users to deconstruct and recombine familiar waveforms to create unique and aggressive new sounds.

The MOK Waverazor by Tracktion is an ultra-futuristic virtual synth that splices waveforms into twisted and aggressive new sounds. The patent pending oscillator design represents a new approach to synthesis, and enables musicians to easily create biting leads, glitched-out basses, cinematic pads and everything in between.

The ability for Waverazor’s oscillators to slice up waveforms and “Frankenstein” them into new segments provides the foundation for endless sonic exploration. Each segment can have different harmonic content, with individual harmonics subject to amplitude modulation at a rate and level determined by the contents of each wave fraction. Instead of simply modulating the entire waveform on and off, the oscillator modulates harmonics to different levels in a sequenced pattern. Furthermore, since each wave cycle is divided into fractional splices and phase is controlled per segment, multiple simultaneous hard sync points can be set up per cycle and even beyond a single cycle.

For a number of tutorial videos, or to buy MOK Waverazor at a limited-time $75 introductory price (regularly $150), visit Tracktion’s website.

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