@AES: M-Audio ProjectMix I/O Motorized Control Surface + Audio Interface

M-Audio is hot. Where their product line was once littered with tons of products, some cool, some blah, they’ve got a lineup at AES that looks like it could be filled with hits. At the top of my list is the new M-Audio ProjectMix I/O. This box looks like Digi’s 002 interface or Pro Control control surface, but M-Audio says it’s entirely their own design, unrelated to the recent Digibuyout. For under US$1000 street, this is a huge bargain: Eight of everything: Eight channel strips, eight mic preamps, eight channels that support mic pres. Really. Plus S/PDIF, ADAT, and 1×1 …

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The FireWire Electric Guitar

AES: Finally, a guitar you can plug directly into your computer — no strings attached. You may never have heard of BridgeCo, but if you’ve got a FireWire audio interface, odds are their guts are inside. (They make the firmware / hardware platform.) Now they’ve gone and crossed your FireWire interface with a boutique electric guitar. What does that give you? A FireWire electric guitar, that’s what. Companies have been promising guitars you could plug and play with a computer, but there’s always a catch, like a breakout box — or the thing simply doesn’t ship. Heck, we even got …

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AES: Cakewalk Launches Mac/Windows Dimension Pro Synth

Windows stalwart Cakewalk has in fact gone cross-platform (Windows VSTi/DirectX and Mac AU/VSTi). So, why’d they do it? Apparently, they wanted to unleash this serious synth monster on two platforms: think two DVDs, 1500+ sound programs, major layering and easy editing and morphing. More details from Cakewalk after the jump, and I’ll have more after I get to meet with Cakewalk themselves.

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AES Preview: New Music Gear and Software to Watch For

AES used to be an insider’s show for audio engineers and academics, but that’s not the case any more. Now, with the audio industry pumping out new products, it’s a show to watch for new gear. (For the uninitiated, that’s AES as in Audio Engineering Society, the folks who gave us, among other things, the AES/EBU digital audio format.) What’s likely to be big at AES? Harmony Central has, as usual, been a reliable source for press releases, and the European sites (darn them) are ignoring the embargoes on the press releases and going live with stories (links attached). Here’s …

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How to Market Your AES Product: A CDM Guide

When I see a product like the new Aurora LT-ADAT LSlot Expansion Card, I think hot. Yet, sadly, the folks at Lynx Studios just send out a bland press release and product photo. In the spirit of selling AmpliTube with Swedish models, I humbly submit my own mascot. And to avoid allegations of being sexist, well, why not this dude . . . Note: To Lynx Studios, I’m really, really sorry.

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‘AES Eve’ Preview: New Product Roundup

San Francisco's AES conference hasn't even begun yet, and there's already an overwhelming lineup of new products. Here's what's on tap in a nutshell: Applied Acoustics has released the Ultra Analog VA-1 virtual analog synth. Quick take: It's an overcrowded product category, but the $199 price and clean interface means this could be one to watch. Available for download now, Cycling `74 has a new free utility for routing audio on Mac OS X, Soundflowerbed, which provides easy software audio routing options from the menu bar in conjunction with Soundflower. Quick take: A must-have for OS X users. It just …

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