New Gear Alert: Clarett USB Range by Focusrite, Remote-Controlled Tube Reverb, Updated KC Keyboard Line by Roland & More

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Focusrite launches new Clarett USB Range.

Focusrite’s popular Clarett range is now available in USB format, offering three different configurations suitable for nearly any setup.

The Clarett USB range features specially-designed high performance, low-noise mic preamps with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound. Three interfaces are available in the range: Clarett 2Pre USB (10-in, 4-out), Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out) and Clarett 8Pre USB (18-in, 20-out).

Boasting up to 119 dB dynamic range, Clarett is compatible with any Mac or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. The included standard USB and USB Type-C cables connect to your computer, and you can record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plugins.

The most compact of the three interfaces, Clarett 2Pre USB provides two mic/line/instrument inputs, four line outputs, MIDI I/O and an ADAT input. Clarett 4Pre USB and Clarett 8Pre USB add mic/line inputs, S/PDIF I/O and two headphone outputs with volume controls.

Prices for the Clarett USB Range will be disclosed shortly.

 

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur introduces plugin-controllable Raumzeitmaschine reverb.

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur introduces their second remote-controlled hardware unit, the Raumzeitmaschine tube reverb.

This unique German-made stereo tube reverb features two double triodes and input/output transformers on each channel. It is made from a combination of analog and digital components, and can be remotely controlled via a plugin (AU, VST, AAX) from your DAW. All settings can be saved, and the plugin preset manager allows you to recall your favorite settings anytime.

All controls of the Raumzeitmaschine are equipped with servomotors. You can control it directly on the front panel, by the internal web server, or by the plugin. Because the Raumzeitmaschine connects to your computer via Ethernet, there is no limit on cable length like over USB.

Watch an introductory video of the Raumzeitmaschine here.

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur offers a no-obligation trial of the Raumzeitmaschine for 14 days in your own studio. The Raumzeitmaschine carries an MSRP of €2.699.

 

Roland updates KC Keyboard Amplifier line.

Roland updates their KC keyboard amplifier line, offering improvements in both cosmetics and functionality.

Roland has updated the KC series, the long-running lineup of stage amplifiers for performing keyboardists. For over 20 years, players everywhere have relied on the respected KC series amps for their powerful high-fidelity sound, onboard mixing features, versatile connectivity, and lasting durability. The six new KC models carry on the line’s time-honored benchmark of quality, while offering updated looks and enhanced features tuned for the needs of today’s working musicians.

The new KC amps feature wide-range sound reproduction with two-way speaker systems and Roland’s patented twin bass-reflex design for extended low frequency response without distortion. The amps are also equipped with multiple inputs and versatile DI connections, allowing players to connect and control all their instruments and easily interface with sound systems at different performance venues.

All of the updated KC models are equipped with newly designed speakers for improved sound quality, and the monaural models feature redesigned power amp and power supply sections for increased output power and stability. These enhancements have also reduced the overall weight of the KC-400 and KC-600 models compared to the previous-generation KC-350 and KC-550 models.

The new KC amplifier lineup is now available, and includes six models: The KC-80 ($349.99), KC-220 ($379.99), KC-200 ($449.99), KC-400 ($549.99), KC-600 ($649.99), and KC-990 ($999.99).

 

BOOM Library announces their first sound design plugin: Turbine.

BOOM Library forays into the world of sound design with Turbine, a collection of virtual engines inspired by real-world tools.

Turbine is a sound design plugin that gives you access to a wide range of authentic virtual engines based on their real-world counterparts. You can change and automate all parameters in real time, giving you full control over the final result.

Over 50 presets give you the power to manufacture entirely new sounds, such as whooshes, pressure releases, robotics, sirens, musical FX, sci-fi elements, futuristic engines, home appliances, electric tools, flame bursts and more.

Turbine is available at introductory price of €149 until January 16th (€179 reg). A 7-day trial version is also available. Both the free trial and the full version require iLok (2nd generation or newer).

 

CEntrance announces MixerFace R4 mobile recording interface.

Take mobile recording to the next level with CEntrance’s MixerFace R4, a comprehensive four-input recording interface that produces pro results.

Approximately the size of a smartphone, MixerFace R4 is a four-input recording interface designed to make mobile recording quick and easy, while delivering professional results.

With its built-in, rechargeable battery, the MixerFace R4 is designed for songwriters to instantly capture a performance or a musical idea anywhere—at home, on the tour bus, in a hotel room or live on stage. It also functions perfectly for field recording, concert taping or audio-for-video capture. MixerFace R4 can easily mount to a tripod, making it a valuable audio component of a DSLR video recording rig.

Two models are available, both of which can be paired with a smartphone or tablet for on-the-go recording. The second model adds a built-in, stereo 16-bit/48kHz recorder, making the recording process as simple as pushing the record button. With 2 professional microphone inputs and 48V phantom power, you can choose any mic for recording, while CEntrance also offers a matched X/Y stereo mic pair that turns MixerFace R4 into a complete all-in-one mobile recording solution.

MixerFace R4 is expected to ship in May 2018 for $299; The MixerFace R4 model with a built-in audio recorder carries an MSRP of $349 (SD card not included). The optional X/Y stereo mic pair is priced at $49.