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Motu Announces Thunderbolt ASIO Driver for Windows

Motu Announces Thunderbolt ASIO Driver for Windows

Motu Announces Thunderbolt ASIO Driver for Windows

FRANKFURT, GERMANY — MUSIKMESSE 2016 — HALL 9.1 STAND A21 — Thursday, April 7, 2016

MOTU announced a new Windows ASIO driver for its latest-generation audio interfaces, including the 1248, 16A, 8M and 112D. Rewritten from the ground up for today’s ultrafast PCs and modern Windows architecture, the new high-performance driver includes support for Thunderbolt audio I/O on Windows and best-in-class round trip latency (RTL) for both Thunderbolt and USB Windows operation.

MOTU users can now connect their Thunderbolt-equipped MOTU audio interface (1248, 16A, 8M or 112D) directly to the Thunderbolt port on a PC laptop or desktop computer and enjoy up to 128 channels of simultaneous audio input and output with any ASIO-compatible host software.

The new MOTU Thunderbolt/USB ASIO driver supports all latest-generation MOTU audio interfaces (equipped with AVB/TSN networking) and will be made available to all MOTU users as a free download during Q2, 2016 at

“MOTU is thrilled to deliver Thunderbolt support for our many Windows users,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “Whether they use Thunderbolt or USB to connect to their computer, MOTU Windows users will enjoy the best possible latency performance on the market.”

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Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Now Shipping

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6_Now Shipping

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Now Shipping

The OB-6 by Dave Smith Instruments is now shipping.

The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 takes the classic bold Tom Oberheim sound — with its true voltage-controlled oscillators, 2-pole filter, and amplifiers — and adds modern enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. No other modern analog poly synth can boast such a pedigree or such a massive, in-your-face sonic signature.

The OB-6 sound engine is inspired by Tom’s original SEM, the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8- voice synthesizers. It features two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice with continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, plus a triangle wave on oscillator 2). The classic Oberheim-inspired 2-pole, state-variable, resonant filter provides low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch functionality. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path.

The dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, flangers, and faithful recreations of Tom’s original phase shifter and ring modulator. While the effects themselves are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path.

Also present is X-Mod, which expands the tonal palette and makes it easy to create dramatic and unconventional sounds. Modulation sources are filter envelope and oscillator 2, both with bi-polar control. Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, and filter mode. The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create sequences polyphonically, with rests, and sync to an external MIDI clock. The full-featured arpeggiator can be synced to external MIDI clock as well. Unison mode features configurable voice count (1-6 voices), chord memory, and key modes.

The knob-per-function front panel puts virtually all OB-6 functions at your fingertips. Included are 500 permanent factory programs and 500 rewritable user programs. Turning on the Manual button enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the OB-6 switches to its current front panel settings. In this state, what you see is what you hear.

This analog powerhouse is packed into a four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, making it perfect for stage or studio.

Watch this space for further updates from AWAVE.

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ASP 802 HE Pro Tools Expert Messe Interview with Tom

ASP 802 HE Pro Tools Expert Messe interview with Tom

ASP 802 HE Pro Tools Expert Messe Interview with Tom

In this video from MusikMesse 2016 James talks to Tom Waterman from Audient about their new ASP8024 Heritage Edition console. Tom takes us through many of the updates to this legendary British mixing console  from upgraded look of the console to the amazing new mix buss compressor. The Heritage Edition really does take this mixing to a new level.

ASP8024-HE features the all new variable mix bus technology RETRO IRON. Technical
Director Tom Waterman explains, “By utilising an all-discrete and warm sounding output amplifier with Carnhill output transformers, RETRO IRON adds punch and ‘vibe’ to the consoles’ mix output. We based this design on two custom consoles from David’s first job in 1970 at the now legendary Advision Studios in London. The circuits used are a homage to the finest in late 60’s American & British console technology, but remain unique to the ASP8024-HE.”

When engaged, the RETRO IRON output card also provides subtle LOW BUMP and HIGH
LIFT Mix EQ’s – inspired by classic mastering equalisers of yesteryear – these can be switched individually, allowing for wider, more spacious mix bus tones. The main mix bus has also been upgraded with JOHN HARDY CO. 990C discrete amplifiers as standard for superior and even quieter, muscular performance.

The classic VCA mix bus compressor now has smoother make-up gain circuitry, includes a slick new gain reduction meter and a high pass filter in the compressor’s sidechain: BASS EXPAND. “This little tool tightens up mixes and adds punch without destroying the low end, particularly useful for bass heavy productions,” continues Waterman.

As for the new look, the Heritage Edition takes inspiration from the past. “Our ‘Midnight Raven’ colourway, vintage knobs, chunky fader caps, premium walnut armrest and British design theme have all been chosen specifically to create a visually stunning centrepiece, as well as making the console more intuitive than ever,” he says.

Audient prides itself in listening and responding to customer feedback, which has resulted in further improvements, such as the addition of a monitoring grade headphone amplifier; latching footswitch triggers for remote hands-free talkback; ALPS Blue Velvet main monitor pot with custom aluminium knob for that solid “everyday” feel; an improved FaderLinkTM plug-in (now 64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatible) controlling 8 channels of patchable DAW integrated VCA automation for the Dual Layer Control (DLC) module and an improved, whisper-quiet power supply.

Of course the ASP8024-HE retains all the familiar hallmarks of its predecessor including: fully featured in-line architecture; simple, intuitive design; flexible, powerful four-band EQ; renowned Class-A mic pres (used across the entire product range); comprehensive monitor control and a range of modular options including DLC, integrated 24 / 36 / 48-ch Patchbays or Producers’ Desks.

Waterman concludes, “Much more than just a facelift, the re-imagining of the ASP8024-HE ensures that this console, which has been first choice for studios and educational facilities for the past 18 years, maintains its status as a ‘modern classic’ and cements David Dearden’s heritage alongside his timeless design.”

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Introducing the ASP8024 Heritage Edition Console

Introducing the ASP8024 Heritage Edition Console

Introducing the ASP8024 Heritage Edition Console

Audient has recently announced the launch of the ASP8024: Heritage Edition, the definitive version of David Dearden’s classic design. Building on the existing features, which have seen the ASP8024 installed in thousands of studios worldwide. The Heritage Edition comes with a brand new look as well as an array of added enhancements ‘under the hood’, giving the renowned console renewed vigor ahead of the company’s 20th anniversary. Read the full story here.

Click here for further information at Pro Tools Expert.



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Get a Free JD-XI When You Buy a JD-XA

Get a Free JD-XI_When You Buy a JD-XA

Get a Free JD-XI When You Buy a JD-XA

From the the 1st to 30th of April Roland customers can get a free Roland JD – XI Analog/ Digital Crossover Synthesizer, with the purchase of a Roland JD – XA from AWAVE.

To take advantage of this great offer just complete the following steps:

  1. Purchase a Roland JD-XA during the promotion period
  2. Obtain a copy of the sales receipt from the store to verify your purchase
  3. Go to and download a copy of the web redemption application form
  4. Enter your details in full on the application form
  5. Attach your copy of the receipt along with the application form and send them to Roland Australia. (must be postmarked by Australia Post before 14th May 2016)

Please do not hesitate to contact AWAVE if you have any questions regarding this offer.

Roland JD-XA

Roland JD-Xi


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Grove Hill Audio Liverpool Variable Mu Tube Compressor


Grove Hill Audio Liverpool Variable Mu Tube Compressor

Grove Hill Audio introduces the LIVERPOOL is an all-tube feedback variable Mu compressor.

Altec 436 tube compressors were first introduced to Abbey Road Studios in 1960. Subsequently they were improved with several modifications and are still in use today. These rare iterations of the Altec 436 tube compressors have never been commercially available. For years there’s been much curiosity surrounding the actual modifications made to these famous compressors.  To differentiate the modified units, the original green Altec front panels were painted gray and a new model number was assigned.

In the spirit of the elder engineers, we respectfully took liberties and made subtle circuit and control modifications that make this compressor very special. We listened carefully and tweaked it over and over to capture the vintage tone and vibe that make it unique. We then twisted knobs and pushed the tube circuitry, exposing additional creative capabilities.

Then we did a little hot rodding to the Liverpool – you can push it harder on the front end and the back end creating a useful creative tool. This is why the product is unique and NOT a clone. It is a hybrid, carefully thought out in the spirit of the original Altec/Abbey Road compressor, but new to the market with additional design enhancements.

The LIVERPOOL compressor took well over a year to recreate the sonic character relative to the units still in use at Abbey Road and the original Altec 436. Custom wound input and output transformers (Made in the USA), critical component choices and circuit layout were all carefully considered in developing a reliable creative tool for a wide variety of instruments, vocals and program sources.

Technically, the LIVERPOOL is the dual triode 6BC8 remote cut-off vacuum tube. This is the gain reduction tube. The 6BC8 is re-biased by the 6AL5 vacuum tube rectified side-chain control voltage which causes the 6BC8 tube to smoothly change its mutual conductance. The faithfully recreated power supply provides low noise and stability even at 30dB of gain reduction.

Our passion is to share this wonderful compressor, at an accessible price, with the creative recording arts community. Because tubes for this compressor are in short supply, we are building the compressor in limited quantities.


Type:                                                          Variable Mu Compressor Amplifier

Frequency Response:                                +/- 1.5dB, 10 Hz to 40,000Hz

Frequency Response (Altec):                    +/- 1.5dB, 30 Hz to 15,000Hz

Power Output:                                            +20 dBu

Total Harmonic Distortion:                          0.08% at 1 KHz with output at 0dB

Noise Level:                                                82 dBu below rated output

Source Impedance:                                      Any up to 15,000 Ohms

Load Impedance:                                         600 Ohms

Attenuation:                                                 30 dB in 5 dB steps – Constant impedance.

Maximum Compression:                             30dB

Attack Times (msec):                                  0.47, 16, 45, 74, 106, 136.

Recovery Times (*msec):                           127*, 447*, 917*, 1.9 sec., 3.4 sec., 6 sec.

Threshold:                                                   0dBm to +16dBm Output

Compression Ratios:                                   2:1 at 0dBm Threshold, 4:1 at +16dBm Threshold

Tube Complement:                                      6BC8/6BZ8, 6CG7, 6AL5

⊕ Manual

⊕ Frequency Response Graph

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MOTU now available at AWAVE


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CAMBRIDGE, MA — Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Today MOTU released a free firmware update for the 1248, 16A, 8M and other latest-generation audio interfaces that supports AVB/TSN Ethernet connection to a Mac® running OS X® El Capitan (10.11). Users can connect their MOTU hardware to the Mac using a standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 Ethernet cable up to 100 meters long and stream up to 64 audio channels to and from audio applications running on the Mac at sample rates up to 192 kHz. Any recent-generation Mac with a built-in Ethernet port running OS X 10.11 is supported.

“MOTU has a notable track record of industry firsts, and we are proud to be the first pro audio company to fully adopt and support this new audio connectivity standard for Mac,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “We are pleased to deliver AVB/TSN support for Mac, plus other significant new features, to existing MOTU audio interface users through a free, downloadable, easy-to-install firmware update.”

With affordable cable runs that can be substantially longer than USB or Thunderbolt, Ethernet allows users to position their MOTU interface much farther away from their Mac, across the room in a machine closet with other gear, for example, or in an isolation booth down the hall, near microphones and musicians. Using Ethernet frees up the USB and Thunderbolt port(s) on the Mac for displays and other devices. Ethernet also opens up the user’s Mac to the world of audio networking.

Users can connect two or more MOTU audio interfaces to their Mac using the affordable, five-port MOTU AVB Switch™ (or any other standard AVB/TSN-compatible Ethernet switch) to build an expanded audio network. All devices on the network can transmit and receive full-bandwidth multi-channel PCM audio throughout the network with extremely low, fixed network latency, even across multiple switches (known as “hops”). In this scenario, users can connect multiple Macs, which share full access to the entire network.

MOTU audio interfaces bring the power and promise of AVB/TSN Ethernet audio networking to the Mac platform. Users can build advanced, high-performance audio routing configurations to suit virtually any use-case scenario, from small project studios to large-scale industrial installations in facilities with multiple rooms, floors and buildings. With copper cable lengths of 100 meters between any two points, or fiber-optic network cables many hundreds of meters in length, audio can be distributed across very long distances in facilities as large as football stadiums or film studio lots.

Other new features introduced in MOTU’s free firmware upgrade include remote control of preamp settings across the network, a new graphic UI for the on-screen mixer’s multi-band EQ and compressor in the web app control software, SMPTE time code support, the ability to convert time code (LTC) to MIDI time code (MTC), password protection for interfaces on a network and other productivity enhancements.

AVB (Audio Video Bridging) is a set of technical standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.1 standards committee to extend the capabilities of Ethernet so that it can support time-synchronized, low latency streaming services throughout an Ethernet network. The IEEE is in the process of renaming AVB to TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) to address the expanded scope of the protocol into other industries (beyond audio and video) as it continues to evolve.

Managed by an AVB/TSN-compatible Ethernet switch, AVB/TSN network traffic can co-exist with other data streams on the network but enjoys reserved bandwidth to ensure timely, guaranteed delivery without interruption. AVB/TSN offers extremely low, fixed network latency across multiple hops (up to six switches), coupled with high bandwidth capacity capable of supporting over 500 audio channels simultaneously across the network.