Shipping Watch: Korg RADIAS Finally Arrives; ReMOTE ZeRO SL

I may have to stop writing about new items, because as soon as I do, they disappear for a few months. (Okay, maybe it’s not me, specifically.) The reality is, shipping music products takes a long time, so a six month or more lag between when products are introduced (often at the massive NAMM trade show in January) and when they actually ship. Here are two products you can now finally get your mitts on: I First up, Moogulator.com has details on the Korg RADIAS synth: apparently a last-minute redesign delayed shipment, but the RADIAS is now available. It seems …

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Update: Behringer BCD2000 DJ Controller Not Mac Compatible Yet, Not Really Shipping?

We posted a review by our own Jaymis Loveday of Behringer’s BCD2000 DJ computer control surface. It’s a useful piece of kit, with DJ-style mixer controls, scratch surfaces, and built-in audio. Only one problem: Mac drivers and the product itself appear to be MIA. Update 2006-01-13: We have learned that a BCD2000 user, Evinyatar has released an OSX compatible driver (Universal Binary, MIDI functions only), and has plans for more customizations. -JL Behringer’s North American PR rep Derrick Davis tells us the BCD2000 isn’t shipping in quantity yet; Jaymis got his hands on a limited-release shipment. The Mac is currently …

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Following the M-Audio Axiom Keyboards; Shipping Update, Final Cut Support?

M-Audio had a big role in popularizing the cheap, simple USB/MIDI keyboards that are ubiquitous today. By about a year ago, though, M-Audio’s own options were looking somewhat lacking: while still very affordable, they lacked the variety of controls on some of their competitors, plus higher-end features like aftertouch that had begun to make their way to budget-priced models. At NAMM in January, M-Audio unveiled their answer: the all-new Axiom line. These keyboards look and feel better than the previous models, and add features like assignable aftertouch and semi-weighted keys. But, to quote Gypsy, you gotta have a gimmick, and …

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KORE is Shipping; 1.01 Update and Tips

Native Instruments’ hotly-anticipated solution for playing soft synths, cataloging sounds, and performing with software in the studio and onstage is here. KORE is now available in stores and shipping, with a street around US$500 (just under US$1500 buys you KORE plus Native’s insanely massive Komplete collection of instruments as part of a special intro). Native is also launching a US tour with the product, a set of online video demos, and a range of limited-edition intro deals. Pictured here: what happens if you use KORE in the middle of a global thermonuclear war. That or else what happens if you …

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Faderfox Live/DJ MIDI Controllers Hit 2nd Generation; Worldwide Shipping

Like many, I’ve been eagerly anticipating trying the ultra-compact Faderfox “micromodul” controllers. They’re small enough to fit over the QWERTY keyboard on a laptop or to be propped atop a music keyboard, and are specially designed for applications like Ableton Live and Traktor DJ. With multi-function triggers, joysticks, and cross-faders on top of the usual buttons and faders, they’d appear to cover all you need to do. But while I knew the designer was planning a second generation, regular visits to his site (including one last week) didn’t prevent me from missing the announcement. Today, Mathias tells CDM some good …

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What’s Shipping: Retro Pro-12 Synth Box, NI Guitar Rig 2, NI Software

We get a little ahead of the curve here, with drool-laden coverage of gear that doesn’t actually exist yet. Here’s what’s now shipping: Creamware is back with the second of their mini-hardware synths emulated retro classics. This time, it’s I love the 80s: a Prophet 5 emulation they’re calling the Pro-12; see press release on Harmony Central. We’ve heard good stuff from people who got their Minimoog ASB — sorry, “Minimax” — and this looks like a nice, compact, affordable box, too. Native Instruments is shipping, well, a lot of stuff. The most anticipated of these, Guitar Rig 2 (shown …

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TonePort USB Shipping; Computer Effects for Vocalists

When you hear live computer effects, the emphasis is almost always on guitarists. What about vocalists? Line6 is building vocal-centered effects into their eminently-affordable TonePort USB line, which (via Harmony Central) is shipping as of now. Starting at under US$200, a singer with a laptop and a good mic doesn’t have to balk at going digital. The included interface promises good mic pres and, in addition to the usual guitar stuff, some effects that will be especially useful to vocalists. Check out their vocal line-up: models of vintage mic pres, EQ, and even tape, plus a compressor, noise gate, de-essers, …

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Brian Moore USB-Based Guitar Shipping

Updated: See also iGuitar.USB: More Questions Answered; iGuitar.USB USB Guitar Specs, Pricing, and Clarifications Finally: one USB cable, one guitar, one computer — you’re done. I’ve been watching for this one for a while, and at long last, it’s here and shipping. Brian Moore has taken their excellent iGuitar line of digitally-equipped guitars, and added class-compliant USB, via the new iGuitar.USB model. Plug it into a USB jack, and you have instant access to your sound in recording and effects software, no drivers required. Fully bus-powered, so you don’t even need a power brick. Unlike Gibson’s so-called “digital guitar,” what’s …

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Grubby Hands Update: SONAR 5 Shipping, First Impressions

On the CDM Grubby Hands Radar, we’re able to track what new stuff is getting into people’s hands. I mean, I know how much you guys enjoy reading the Harmony Central press release, but if you like using the stuff even better, we want to know when that box will arrive. SONAR 5, the latest from the folks at Cakewalk, is here, says Eric Richmond: “I think this is one of the best, if not the best update that Sonar has had. It really does fufill that “Logic”-like promise of having top-notch effects, instruments and sequencing all in one package. …

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