New Gear Alert: UnFairchild by UTA, UK Sound’s 1173 Mic Pre/Compressor, Anthology XI by Eventide & More

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Undertone Audio unveils the UnFairchild 670M II.

Producer Eric Valentine’s Undertone Audio releases a painstaking re-creation of the revered Fairchild tube compressor.

The UnFairchild circuitry mirrors the legendary Fairchild, a compressor much coveted for its musicality, and whose beauty was its simplicity: only 2 transformers and 4 paralleled vari-mu tubes in the audio path. The UTA UnFairchild is a painstaking recreation of the classic sound from this circuitry, capturing the best of the past, and now also offering more modern functionality.

Overcoming the original’s limitations, UnFairchild’s redesigned circuitry improves on the lifespan and reliability of the JJ 6386 tubes, a massive cost-saver for studios and engineers. Additionally, the UnFairchild’s focus on flexibility and functionality enables it to handle every compression task on any style of music, from pop to rock to jazz to classical.

The UnFairchild 670M II features 6 original time constant presets, “Variable” mode with independent attack and release time adjustments, stereo linking, 2 M/S modes, sidechain processing, “feed-back” or “feed-forward” functionality, and detented user controls for easy recalls.

See Eric Valentine’s demo video here.

The UnFairchild 670M II is priced at $9,995.


UK Sound announces the 1173 Mic Preamp/Compressor is now shipping.

BAE Audio imprint UK Sound is now offering the classic 1073 + FET compression tone all under one hood in their debut unit, the 1173.

The UK Sound 1173 is the first in a line of economically-priced units from BAE Audio imprint UK Sound.

The 1173 owes its unique character to the combined 1073 preamp and FET compressor circuit. It features the recognizable FET compressor controls for input and output gain and the time-honored compression ratio options of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. Attack and release controls allow you to tailor the compressor’s action for any given source. While the 1073 preamp helps bring depth and clarity to audio on the front end, the FET compressor is able to manage peaks, adding control and thickness to the signal. Drums, bass, vocals, and synths are among the many sound sources that will benefit from the 1173.

The UK Sound 1173 is priced at $1,200 and shipping worldwide now.


Eventide announces availability of Anthology XI as “everything” bundle.

Eventide expands the reach of the already-robust Anthology X bundle with their updated Anthology XI bundle.

Anthology XI includes all 17 plugins from Eventide’s acclaimed Anthology X bundle, but brings six of their latest and greatest hits to the creative collection, including the addition of Blackhole, Fission, Tverb, UltraTap, MangledVerb, and 2016 Stereo Room.

Anthology XI comes complete with more than 2,900 presets across the 23 plugins, many created by acclaimed artists and engineers like Dave Pensado, George Massenburg, Tony Visconti, Vernon Reid, Richard Devine, Joe Chiccarelli, and many more.

For a full list of Anthology XI’s included plugins, visit the product page here.

Eventide Anthology XI is normally priced at $1,799, however is available currently for $899. For a complete breakdown of upgrade pricing, click here.


AKAI delivers iMPC Pro 2.

With iMPC Pro 2, AKAI has implemented scores of critical updates to their popular iMPC Pro app.

Following the original iMPC Pro app, AKAI’s iMPC Pro 2 elevates song production for all mobile musicians by adding new track types and enhancing the drum tracks feature. With the addition of vocal tracks, support for Audio Units, and a sleek new design, iMPC Pro 2 is now a full-fledged song production tool, capable of creating sophisticated tracks anywhere inspiration strikes.

The addition of support for Audio Units enables any Audio Unit app to function as a digital audio plugin within iMPC Pro 2. Inside the audio tracks, you can instantaneously time warp, pitch shift, and rearrange audio clips to your liking. The sophistication of real time manipulation is captured in a simple workflow and sleek interface. You can choose from multiple input sources, including external mic channels, hardware audio interfaces and Inter-App Audio.

Among many other new and exciting improvements, iMPC Pro 2 also features a new library of built-in, high-quality sounds. Designed exclusively for iMPC Pro 2, these kits cover popular and cutting-edge genres from world-class sample libraries including ADSR, Rawcutz, SampleTools by Cr2, Niche Audio, and Sample Magic.

iMPC Pro 2 is available now in the App Store for $24.99. For a limited time only, existing iMPC Pro users can upgrade to iMPC Pro 2 for $15.


Powersoft launches Snapshot Selector app for mobile devices.

Powersoft is now offering streamlined streamlined recall for their X Series amplifier platform via the new Snapshot Selector app, available for Android.

Powersoft has announced a brand new app for mobile devices, called Snapshot Selector. The free and easy-to-use app, now compatible with Android devices, allows users of Powersoft’s X Series amplifier platforms to instantaneously recall a full slate of saved settings by simply connecting their phone to their amplifier with a USB cable. The app makes the X Series amplifier platforms an even more appealing solution for audio professionals, including in rental environments.

A simple user interface allows you to save and recall an exact snapshot of all settings on the amplifier, including routing, equalization, and limiting, at any time. The app also allows you to select the source priority that will be applied after the snapshot has been recalled.

Powersoft’s Snapshot Selector is available free for Android devices here.


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