ART has long been a name in audio synonymous with quality and affordability, and has found its way into many studios, project and home alike, accordingly. The company has taken NAMM as the opportunity to announce its first foray into the 500 Series market, adapting the popular PRO-VLA compressor to the modular system. To fit the design into a single 500 Series slot, ART has removed the tube, and replaced it with two circuits designed to emulate the tube response.
M-Audio has announced its next-generation audio interface, and it comes in the form of the Thunderbolt-compatible desktop Deltabolt 1212. Designed from the ground up to work with Thunderbolt technology, the interface boasts some impressive specs, including 12 channels of full duplex I/O (including mic pre inputs and 8 channels of line-level inputs on a DB-25 connector). On its conversion front, its DAC supports full 32-bit/192 kHz.
Denon DJ announced the release of the MC4000, a two-deck Serato MIDI controller aimed at professional DJs and featuring serious audio-manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. The controller offers an intuitive control layout with precision touch-activated jog wheels and dedicated pads for hot cue/sampling with illuminated feedback. The 100mm long-throw pitch faders provide accuracy, while each channel offers dedicated EQ and FX controls. The 24-bit premium audio path creates noticeably clearer mixes through the balanced outputs for main and booth.
Pioneer has released the XDJ-RX, an all-in-one DJ system with a large central LCD screen and club-standard layout for mobile DJs and home enthusiasts. The system integrates two USB-driven players and a two-channel mixer with build quality and features inherited from the club-standard Pioneer DJ nexus setup. The system features a single 7" high-resolution full-color display, offering the digital waveform view for both channels and an easy-to-navigate browser, as well as other pertinent data normally found on the CDJ Nexus series screens.
Novation is expanding its popular line of Launchpad controllers for Ableton Live and other programs with the new Launchpad Pro.
The Pro features 64 RGB LED feedback and velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads with 32 RGB backlit round mode buttons to enable expressive performances and inventive song creation. In Performance Mode, the pads illuminate to match the color of your clips in Ableton Live’s session views for 1:1 visual feedback.
The name of the game is Thunderbolt for Focusrite at this year’s NAMM, and the company has announced a brand-new range of audio interfaces, featuring Thunderbolt connectivity alongside the quality preamps and digital I/O we have come to expect from this manufacturer.