Edirol V-8 US Pricing Announced: Under Two Grand

We’ve got some additional details on the Edirol V-8 mixer. Pricing will be set at US$1995 list. For comparison, the V-4 lists for US$1029, but has a street price pretty close to that — perhaps due to the unit’s popularity rather than any minimum advertised pricing restrictions. The V-8 is shipping within a month. I’ll make sure CDMotion is high on the list as far as evaluation units. While I hear the criticisms — and some of you have moved beyond hardware mixing or now rely on high definition signal — there’s very little that can outclass the V-8 for …

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ZDNet’s Ou: Clone an 8-Core Mac Pro for $2300

George Ou, hats off to you. The ZDnet blogger assembles a very nice workstation, equivalent to a US$6800 Mac Pro, for a measly $2311. No Mac OS X, meaning Final Cut Studio is out, but I figure you can use your savings for a basic copy of CS3 or go the Sony Vegas route. Not to mention, if you’ve got strong arms and a car, you could create a great luggable live visual machine. I’d love to hear from someone who actually does video, 3D, etc., and not just George, if they’ve done something similar to this. Not only is …

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ZDNet's Ou: Clone an 8-Core Mac Pro for $2300

George Ou, hats off to you. The ZDnet blogger assembles a very nice workstation, equivalent to a US$6800 Mac Pro, for a measly $2311. No Mac OS X, meaning Final Cut Studio is out, but I figure you can use your savings for a basic copy of CS3 or go the Sony Vegas route. Not to mention, if you’ve got strong arms and a car, you could create a great luggable live visual machine. I’d love to hear from someone who actually does video, 3D, etc., and not just George, if they’ve done something similar to this. Not only is …

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CES: Pacemaker DJ Mobile Gear to Cost $700?!

Darth Vader, your garage door opener has arrived. We first took a look at the Pacemaker DJ when it was announced in May. The idea is interesting: it’s a mobile 120GB hard drive with touch controls for internal mixing/cross-fading, effects, a separate cueing output, and pitch control, along with rich format support (even OGG, FLAC, AAC). That’s all well and good, but the device will apparently cost US$700. Barb Dybwad at Engadget optimistically offers that “it’s a relatively low-cost convenient practice setup for DJs on the road or an attractive option for aspiring amateurs.” Hmmm … I normally agree with …

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Noatikl Generative Music Engine Pricing Lowered: $99

Noatikl, a new generative music engine, generated some interest when we looked at it earlier this week. I’ve just heard from the creator that after receiving some feedback on the pricing, they’ve chosen to launch it at a lower price point than originally announced: US$99 "for non-commercial use of a single noatikl variant for a single operating system." You can upgrade to the suite and get a commercial license for $99 more. Figured that was worth a quick note to those interested.

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Logic Upgrade, Free For Buyers Back to August 1?

Via comments, cyberpatrolunit has found information on Apple’s upgrade policy for Logic Pro Studio 8. Talked to someone at Apple today; they told me that ANYONE who made a Logic purchase on Aug 1st or after is going to get the free upgrade. WooHoo! Of course, that still means you’re out the US$500 difference after the price cut, but at least you’ll have the latest and greatest without paying any more. [Updated] Full details on the upgrade at Apple’s site … or, I should say, the promise of additional details September 26 when fulfillment begins.

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Tenori-On Pricing to Stay; Apple, Tenori-On Launch Events Today + Tomorrow

As we expected, we’ve been tipped off that despite leaked information on the Tenori-On from last week, potential buyers are unlikely to get a price break on the Tenori-On when it (hopefully) ramps up to full production after its limited edition trial run in the UK. If would-be Tenori-On buyers weren’t hungry enough for the first run as it is, that should help. This is a “marketing trial,” but based on what I’ve heard so far, I expect it’ll be very successful. There are two launch events today and tomorrow, one from Apple tomorrow, and of course the Tenori-On press …

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Ableton Lite Gets Heavier: Free Upgrades for M-Audio/Digi Users, Explained

It’s time to make sense of brand names / bundles / pricing / feature sets again! Today’s victim: Ableton Live. Here goes; let me know if I make this make sense. If you bought an M-Audio or Digidesign interface with Ableton Live Lite and haven’t upgraded to the full version of Live, Ableton has a free upgrade offer for you. “Lite Enhanced” (erm, Diet Live? Live Rite? Tab?) has some pretty serious features in it from the full-blown Live: Plug-in Delay Compensation, MIDI remote control, full ReWire support, high-definition recording and rendering (up to 32-bit), Mackie Control support, Track Freeze, …

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Messe: KORE Pricing, Availability Official — US$579, May 8

Native Instruments KORE is a new product a lot of us can’t wait to get our hands on. By providing a unified interface for working with soft synths and effects, KORE promises to create a whole new product category: it’s a universal catalog for all your sounds, a universal host, a universal control mechanism for adjusting sounds, in performance and in the studio. But it’s also likely to be a tough sell for Native Instruments, since it isn’t quite like anything previously in the marketplace, and it doesn’t do much if you don’t already have a library of plug-ins. NI …

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ProjectMix Price Mixup: What Price Audio + Motorized Faders?

How does this sound? 8 channel strips, 8 mic preamps (so you can record your whole band with individual drum mics, for instance), motorized faders and buttons, and compatibility with all major Mac and Windows audio tools from Ableton Live to Pro Tools, all for about US$1000 street. Sounds like a great deal, right? That’s how it sounded to all of us when we saw the ProjectMix I/O from M-Audio at AES. Only one catch: M-Audio is messing around with the price. Now they’re calling the US$1299 price, the one they quoted everyone, an “introductory price.” On January 15, that …

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