More M-Audio Vista Drivers (Updated: Now Conectiv, Too)

Patrick O’Neill points out that M-Audio has started to release new drivers with Vista compatibility: the Axiom 25, Fast Track Pro, MobilePre USB, and Jamlab all got new updates (the last three in beta). The Fast Track Pro is especially nice to see. Still no love yet for Wally and his Conectiv DJ interface, however. Updated: Conectiv drivers for Vista showed up today, though the Torq application itself is not yet supported (but presumably will be soon). The comparative situation on Linux in this case still makes me wonder, though. Imagine if this all would be easier if driver support …

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PreSonus Adds Vista Drivers for 10×10 FirePod

After early driver releases by MOTU, RME, Roland/Edirol, and a few others, the Vista driver landscape has been pretty quiet. (M-Audio, anyone?) Some drivers will work anyway, after dismissing some warning dialog boxes. But having Vista-ready drivers is, of course, ideal. PreSonus is the latest, with new 32-bit and 64-bit Vista drivers (and XP/XP x64) for its 10×10 FireWire-based Firepod interface. These are WDM Audio drivers, along with the usual ASIO drivers. Based on information from Microsoft and developers, it’s our understanding that only PCIe-based interfaces can support the new high-performance WaveRT driver technology, though we have heard from readers …

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M-Audio Adds Vista Fast Track Drivers; More to Come, But Don’t Rush

In a sign that M-Audio’s Vista support may be trickling in, DJ Grobe observes that the Fast Track USB driver has been posted to the M-Audio site. Hopefully for Vista users, this means more support fast. Meanwhile, I’ve quite happily “upgraded” back from Vista to XP, and tweaked my XP system so it’s happy. That equation could change down the road, but given that many of my supposedly compatible drivers either weren’t installing at all (hello, odd USB driver quirk), weren’t fully reliable (hello, chipset-related Blue Screens of Death), or were performing like dogs (hello, NVIDIA graphics), I would strongly …

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Hispasonic Messe Videos: Gear Lust, From Origin to the Modular Superbooth

CDM’s friends at the Spanish-language Hispasonic run one of the best music tech sites on the Interwebs. They’ve been kind enough to share some of their videos from the Messe show, and you won’t have to speak a word of Spanish to follow them. (The Arturia Origin was later overdubbed with Spanish.) Of course, I did just see some discount tickets to Spain, so maybe I should brush up. (Hispasonic links here are naturally in Spanish, but everyone can enjoy the videos.) My favorite: a tour of the Superbooth, an exhaustive mini-expo of modular music tech. Superbooth @ Hispasonic Plus …

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MR-1 and MR-1000: New Portable Digital 1-Bit Hard Drive Recorders from Korg

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since coming on board to help Peter with CDM it’s this: The kids love a portable recorder. The Edirol R09 and Zoom H2/H4 articles are among our most popular ever. Now Korg are supplementing their existing multi-track digital recorders with the 20GB, pocketable MR-1 (US$899 MSRP), and the 40GB, tabletop MR-1000 (US$1499 MSRP). Shipping right now, these are “1-Bit” recorders, recording “DSDIFF, DSF, and WSD 1-bit formats, as well as multi-bit PCM format (BWF) with resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz”. If you’re like me and thought that more bits was better, Korg have helpfully …

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Echo Audio’s New 2x, 4x FireWire Audio Interfaces; Echo Vista Driver Update

Echo are the maker of quite affordable, nice audio interfaces; they’re perhaps best known for their ultra-compact PC Card (CardBus) interfaces and, before that, PCI-based interfaces. They’ve gotten into FireWire, but initially in the 10×10 and 12×12 configurations, where there’s plenty of competition. There are far fewer FireWire interfaces that are smaller and less expensive, which is why Echo’s latest could catch some additional attention. The new interfaces are: AudioFire2: 2 x 2 ¼” balanced analog inputs/outputs, an independent stereo headphone output with volume knob, a removable dongle for S/PDIF and MIDI i/o, an 8 foot 6-pin FireWire cable, a …

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More Brilliant Multi-Touch Design Work by Jeff Han

It’s remarkable what a difference accurate multi-touch can make for interface design, especially when the surface is scaled relative to the human body (sorry, iPhone). Jeff Han’s work, widely spread around the blogosphere, is significant because his team has really rethought the whole interface. Gestures for moving things around in 3D space just make perfect sense. The only bad news is that large-scale back-projected screens take up space, and make possible a number of implementation details that wouldn’t work (for the time being) on smaller displays. The good news is, this kind of work could soon be finding its way …

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Allen & Heath’s New, Smaller Xone:2D

The gradual rise of computer DJing raises questions about just what gear a DJ would want. Mixers were, after all, designed for working with a couple of decks, not a computer that itself can mix. Allen & Heath’s solution has been to cross-breed its popular DJ mixers with MIDI control and computer audio interface functions. If the pricey, large Allen & Heath Xone:3D mixer/controller was more than you needed, it now has a svelter sibling in the form of the Xone:2D. Like the Xone:3D, the Zone:2D integrates a computer audio interface and MIDI controller for DJ software. Unlike the Xone:3D, …

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CME: Plug Mics, Guitars, MIDI Directly into USB

Manufacturers have attempted to make USB connections for audio and MIDI more transparent before. We’ve seen mics with USB cords instead of XLR, and USB cables with little humps in the middle with built-in circuitry for MIDI connections. But new cables announced this week by Chinese manufacturer CME go further: a USB/MIDI cable that’s as thin as a standard USB connection, a USB mic interface with integrated +48V phantom power, and a guitar/bass/keyboard USB interface.

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