@AES: PreSonus’ New Handheld Audio Interface, Fully Plugged

AES updates through the week — problem with being at the show is, it doesn’t leave much time to write about the show! -PK Let’s face it: what most people need for computer audio is just an easy way of plugging in a mic or guitar or two. Presonus’ new Inspire 1394 is a bus-powered FireWire “handheld” computer audio interface that gives you just that, plus a real phono input for connecting a turntable. All under $200 street, with the usual bundled software (Cubase LE and Acid XMC) and some nice plugins from Audio Damage, Camel, Cycling ’74, and Voxengo). …

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iControl for GarageBand Shipping ($179.95); Whither Asteroid?

The mighty Associated Press is reporting M-Audio’s knob-filled USB interface for GarageBand, iControl, is now shipping. Or, in the words of the article, M-Audio is “expected to launch” early next week at Apple Stores in the US. Price: US$179.95 MSRP; a pretty decent, low price. Only bad news: you’ll need a separate audio interface for a high-quality input for your guitar, etc. Which brings us to the next question: what the heck happened to Asteroid, the rumored Apple audio interface that caused a heated legal battle over rumor sites? Various bloggers are pointing out that the AP story says M-Audio …

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Apple Can Read Online Journalists’ Email, Rules Court

A preliminary ruling last week is now final, reports CNet.com. According to the ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg, Apple may subpoena email records from NFox.com, email provider for PowerPage.org. CNet reports the court did not answer the question of whether writers for online 'enthusiast' sites are journalists. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation suggested that as journalists writers for the sites should be able to protect confidential sources). Instead, Kleinberg wrote that the articles on PowerPage and other sites "are doing nothing more than feeding the public's insatiable desire for information" as opposed to doing something …

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‘Easter Egg’ Asteroid Image in GarageBand

'Asteroid' / Q97 is the leaked Apple audio interface that has started a firestorm over blogging, journalism, and privacy. A preliminary ruling today declared that bloggers aren't protected as journalists, and can't protect confidential sources (see BBC News) — potentially a major blow for online journalism and even traditional journalists using email, says the EFF. Yes, there's a hidden image of Asteroid in GarageBand, but no, it's not what you think. As many others have already discovered (and you can try this for yourself) . . . AppleInsider (original report), MacMusic, and other sites reported that GarageBand 2 itself has …

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