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NAMM 2012: We already knew that Casio had the XW-P1 performance synth on the way, but it turns out that this is only half the story, for it’s also launching the XW-P1 groove synth at the show.
Details and specs for each are below, and we’ll have video as soon as possible. The Casio XW-P1 will be available in late March and the XW-G1 will arrive in April.
Casio XW-P1 official information
The XW-P1 is a true performance synthesizer that allows users to create a wide array of sounds from many preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer, Hex Layer, and Drawbar Organ tones, as well as numerous types of internal PCM and Synth waves. The unit is also loaded with a full range of functions that are useful for live performances. Weighing only 5.4 kilograms and with a slimly designed body, the XW-P1 can be powered with dry cell batteries, making it possible to be played in a wide range of live settings—from the stage to the street.
NAMM 2012 PRESS RELEASE: Combining great looks and incredible sounds, the SV-1 has been captivating audiences since 2009.
Now, the acclaimed Korg Stage Vintage Piano has been given an elegant matte black stage finish. Presenting the SV-1 Black; available with 73 or 88 keys.
And that’s not all – the bold and curvaceous SV-1 Reverse Key is also being unveiled, with an impressive red body and a retro reverse keyboard!
The rich, red body and reverse-colored keys instantly call to mind the image of the dream combo organs of the 1960s.Packed with the retro sounds that defined an era and remain in demand today, the SV-1 Reverse Key is sure to complete any keyboard set-up, while captivating the ears and eyes of the audience.
NAMM 2012 PRESS RELEASE: The digital revolution is not only here – it’s wireless. The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad.
With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus LogicAD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue.
This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but powerful plug-ins such as EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.
NAMM 2012 PRESS RELEASE: Roland and Fender are pleased to announce the GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster guitar as one of the V-Guitar series, a professional-level electric guitar that can be directly connected to the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and VG-99 V-Guitar System.
Combining an authentic Stratocaster guitar and a special Roland divided pickup with a 13-pin output; the GK-Ready Stratocaster GC-1 can be used with both standard guitar equipment and revolutionary Roland V-Guitar category products such as the GR-55 and VG-99.
Universally recognised as leading pioneers in the music products industry, Roland and Fender have enjoyed a productive partnership for a number of years. Bringing their unique strengths together to enhance and expand the potential of the world’s most popular instrument, they’ve jointly developed a number of electronic guitar products, such as VG Stratocaster guitar, and Legend series compact pedals.
NAMM 2012: Paul Reed Smith have announced a series of new, limited edition and improved signature models, including guitars forDave Navarro, Orianthi, Nick Catanese, Chris Henderson, Neal Schon, and Cody Kilby.
PRESS RELEASE: PRS Guitars‘ family of signature artist guitars will see updates across the lines in 2012. The SE line will add an SE Dave Navarro signature guitar and significantly update the SE Orianthi and SE Nick Catanese models. PRS’s Maryland-made Chris Henderson artist model is getting a classic makeover. The PRS Private Stock department will offer a Neal Schon Limited Run of no more than 60 guitars (the model will be available for order from January 19 – February 15, 2012. And in the acoustic product family, a Private Stock Cody Kilby model will be added to the lineup.
NAMM 2012: You can’t fail to spot the irony in the news that Arturia, a company that made its name replicating vintage analogue synths in software, has just announced the Minibrute – a true analogue hardware synth of its own.
Coming with a two-octave keyboard, this sports a multi-wave oscillator, classic multimode filter and a range of modulation options.
Other feature include the Brute Factor, which is designed to add saturation and rich harmonics; the Ultrasaw, which generates “shimmering” sawtooth waveforms; and the Metalizer, for extreme triangle harmonics.
An arpeggiator has been thrown into the mix too, as has CV, Gate, MIDI and USB MIDI I/O.
The Minibrute will cost you €499, and a full spec list is below. Check out the Arturia website for more.
NAMM 2012: Alesis has unveiled AmpDock, an iPad audio interface device designed specifically for guitarists and bassists.
The AmpDock is similar to Alesis’ own iO Dock, housing an iPad or iPad 2 in a rugged case, and providing two audio inputs (quarter-inch jack and switchable jack/XLR), various outputs and a USB MIDI connection.
The AmpDock’s front panel features gain controls for each input, main out and headphone level controls and two assignable knobs to edit parameters within apps. The AmpDock also ships with a pedalboard for foot control of volume, modulation effects and preset switching.
The device is designed to work with GarageBand, AmpliTube and JamUp apps, but will work with any CoreMIDI iPad app.
Check out the spec details below. Find out more info at Alesis’ site. Availability dates and pricing is as-yet unannounced.
NAMM 2012: Given the keytar’s resurgence in popularity, we’ve often wondered why no manufacturer has produced a similarly-designed MIDI controller. Hats off, then, to Alesis, which is taking the strap-on keyboard into new realms with the launch of the Vortex.
As well as the 37 keys, Vortex also gives you a MIDI-assignable accelerometer that can be triggered by tilting the neck, eight drum pads, a finger-controlled MIDI-assignable touchstrip and volume, sustain and pitch controls.
Vortex can be bus-powered over USB, but there’s also a handy battery option so that you can use it with iOS devices.
We don’t have a price yet, but you can find out more on the Alesis website and in the press release below.
NAMM 2012: Antares previewed its ATG-6 Auto-Tune guitar technology last year, and now it’s been implemented into the new Parker Auto-Tune MaxxFly.
Developed as a collaboration between the two companies. The MaxxFly offersinstant string tuning, Solid-Tune Intonation, an extensive selection of guitar and pickup models, a wide variety of popular (as well as unique) alternate tunings, and a virtual capo that provides a full two-octave range. It also has a dedicated MIDI interface.
NAMM 2012: Numark’s first iOS DJing controller, the iDJ Live, was fun but a little basic. However, the company’s new iDJ Pro looks like it might be a more serious proposition.
Designed with a slot for your iPad in the centre, iDJ Live integrates seamlessly with Aloriddim’s djay app and enables you to combine ‘real’ and touchscreen control. It also works with other Core MIDI-enabled apps.
Find out more below or on the Numark website.
NAMM 2012: If you like to use your iPad as a generator of drum sounds, Alesis has something for you in the shape of the DM Dock. It’s a case/interface for Apple’s tablet that offers 13 individual 1/4-inch TRS trigger inputs for connecting drum and cymbal pads and other triggers.
This represents the main thrust of the product, though the DM Dock also contains audio and MIDI I/O. Find out more below or on the Alesis website.
NAMM 2012 PRESS RELEASE: Roland is pleased to announce the TD-30KV and TD-30K V-Pro Series V-Drums, the new flagship kits in its industry-leading lineup of V-Drums electronic percussion.
Featuring SuperNATURAL sounds with Behaviour Modelling technology, improved V-Hi-Hat and V-Pads, and many more enhancements, the TD-30KV and TD-30K kits offer serious players the ultimate V-Drums experience for stage, studio, and beyond.
V-Drums have long been recognised as the world’s most natural playing and expressive electronic drums, thanks to patented mesh-head pads, advanced triggering, and a sound engine driven by Roland’s COSM modelling technology.
Home studio owners are spoilt for choice. KRK is just one of the many manufacturers that have flooded the market with accurate, revealing near-fields at attractive prices.
Strangely, affordable options are much more limited in the three-way monitor market. KRK’s new Rokit RP10-3s aim to address this discrepancy, bringing three-way monitoring down to an affordable new price point.
NAMM 2012 PRESS RELEASE: Roland is proud to introduce the CM-220 and CM-110 Cube Monitors, two portable 2.1 speaker systems for playing, practising and recording.
With two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and multiple stereo inputs for electronic musical instruments and other devices, the versatile CM-220 and CM-110 systems are perfect for practice spaces, personal studios, family music areas, intimate performance settings, and more.
Featuring custom-made speakers and powerful integrated amplifiers, the CM-220 and CM-110 deliver high-quality, full-range sound for electronic musical instruments and music playback. A built-in protection circuit guards against excessive signal levels from electronic musical instruments that produce a wide dynamic range, such as synthesizers and V-Drums.
LG and Verizon recently announced their latest Android smartphone, the LG Spectrum 4G LTE and now the handset is available on Verizon Wireless for $199.99 when you sign up to a new two year contract with the carrier.
The LG Spectrum comes with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network and it features a 4.5 inch HD display, the display comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which means it can display HD videos and content in 720p.
Other specifications on the LG Spectrum include a dual core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, plus 1GB of RAM, and it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, LG has announced that it will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at a later date.
The LG Spectrum also features an 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash and auto-focus, the rear camera is capable of recording full high definition video in 1080p.
Up front there is a 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat, it also features 4GB of built in storage, and a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards, although it comes bundled with a 16GB microSD card.
The LG Spectrum comes with 801.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and it can also be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot with up to 10 different Wi-Fi devices.
Capcom has announced the latest installment in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 6 will will launch on the 20th of November 2012 in the US and Europe and the 223nd of November in Japan.
The release dates given are for the console versions of Resident Evil 6, and it will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it is also coming to the PC although Capcom have not given an exact release date for the PC version.
As well as announcing the launch of Resident Evil 6, Capcom has also released a trailer for the game, which you can see below.
You can find out more information about Resident Evil 6, over at Capcom, it looks pretty cool from the trailer.
With the NAMM music trade show just around the corner a number of mixer manufacturers have been announcing their new hardware this week, which you may already have seen here on Geeky Gadgets. Such as the Behringer iPad dock range of digital mixers, together with Numark’s new 4Trak DJ Controller.
Adding to the lineup Line6 has now introduced a new StageScape visual mixer which is equipped with a touchscreen input feature and has 12 high-performance, digitally controlled, auto-sensing mic/line inputs.
Together with 4 additional auto-sensing line inputs and 2 digital streaming inputs direct from computer, USB drive or SD card. As well as Stereo line inputs for integrating MP3 players or other sound sources, 4 auto-sensing monitor outputs on balanced XLR connectors, 2 auto-sensing main outputs on balanced XLR connectors and L6 LINK multi-channel digital networking for integrating L6 LINK enabled speaker systems.
Simon Jones, vice president of new market development at Line 6 explains:
“For musicians who take care of their own live sound, getting great results consistently can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience – particularly when they want to be focused on performing,” – “StageScape M20d answers those challenges by reinventing mixer workflow to better empower musicians to dial in a great mix with speed and ease. With a smart design to dramatically reduce setup time, intuitive touchscreen control that simplifies complex mixing tasks, and premium mic pre’s and effects to ensure the best sound quality, StageScape M20d will deliver great sound in a range of situations.”
We already knew Akai was refreshing its legendary MPC range, but the newest member to the family — the Fly — has to be about the cutest. It kinda looks, initially, like a knock-off MPC noveltycase, until you realize those pads are real, and that software on screen is legit. The case-and-device approach seems a smart idea, so it feels like one unit — it even juices your slate when you charge its built-in battery. The trade-off is an extra two pounds of weight, and almost an inch of thickness. Somewhat lighter is the app which rocks effects, a sound library, sampling, supports WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) and works on any iPad — but you’ll need a second-gen tab to use the hardware. Before you bemoan that this is some sort of cash-in, the whole idea is that you can lay down ideas on the (ahem) Fly, and pick them up later back in the studio. If you want to see more, drop some bass over the break for a video.
Google just released its fourth-quarter 2011 results, and man, Wall Street is not pleased. The company reported $2.71 billion in profit (up from $2.54 a year earlier), net revenue of $8.13 billion and earnings of $9.50 per share, excluding some one-time charges. That’s less than the $10.49 per share and $8.40 billion financial analysts were expecting and, as Reuters notes, it’s the first time in nine quarters that Google hasn’t beaten revenue estimates. Of course, the company spun its results the best it could, emphasizing that its gross revenue jumped 25 percent to $10.58 billion, making this the first time the company’s raw sales exceeded $10 billion in any given quarter. Of course, that figure doesn’t reflect the myriad costs associated with boosting web traffic, and investors are more concerned with that $8.13 billion in net revenue. Needless to say, Wall Street is none too impressed — as of this writing, the company’s stock was down almost nine percent in after-hours trading.
That’s not to say Google is struggling. The outfit actually logged a sharp increase in clicks on its search ads, but said the fee it receives from those ads was down eight percent from both the previous quarter as well as the fourth quarter of 2010. Plus, by all metrics, Android is still on quite the tear. In a conference call with investors, the company said there are now 250 million Android devices, up 50 million from the last quarter. Some more tidbits: 7000,000 devices are being activated per day and more than 11 billion items have been downloaded from Android Market (it hitthe 10-billion mark last month). Finally, Google+ now has 90 million worldwide users, more than double the figure from three months earlier. Need a deeper dive on the numbers? We’ve got the full financial results at the source link, with the summary earnings release below.
Intel just released its fiscal year-end numbers, including its Q4 report, and things are indeed looking up for the company. After revising its final quarter estimatelate last December on the heels of supply chain reductions, the chipmaker posted $13.9 billion in revenues on the strength of its PC client and data center group, beating its prior goal of $13.7 billion, but still falling well under its initial $14.7 billion target. As for its full year performance, well it appears this is one for the books, considering revenues grew to $54 billion — a $10 billion plus year over year boost — with profits coming in at $12.9 billion, leading 2011′s statement to “[eclipse] all annual revenue and earnings records.” And with Ultrabooks lingering just on the horizon, the company expects business to continue to boom well into 2012. Need a more detailed look at Intel’s bottom line? Then click on past the break for the official PR.