If you’re looking for a new audio interface you’re in luck. Today, Universal Audio introduced an all-new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users. With next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and Realtime UAD Processing — all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package — the new Apollo interfaces push the standard forward for professional music recording and production.
Once again, SoundToys is giving away a free plug-in which was introduced at South by Southwest. This year it’s a vocal transforming pitch plug called Little AlterBoy. Soundtoys’ roots are in the pioneering days of pitch-shifting and Little AlterBoy delivers big. It is designed to do a whole slew of classic vocal tricks from past and present, like the ever popular hard tuning, octave DJ FX, Robot voices, gender shifting, and more.
While Little AlterBoy is free right now, if you wait too long, you might not be able to get it. You have until April 1st, 2015 (no fooling) to download it but you will need a code first. Good thing is that we have one for you to use. Here’s the sharing code you will need: 387-1276-043
When I finished my review of Session Keys from e-Instruments last year, I was hoping that they would eventually release an electric piano version of the virtual instrument. Low and behold, last week e-Instruments did just that by releasing Session Keys Electric R. I’ll be installing it tonight and plan to provide a hands on review soon. In the meantime check out the video above or visit the e-Instruments website for more information.
Another highlight for The Noise Room at the NAMM Show 2015 was getting a live demo of the new Cakewalk SONAR product lineup as well as information on their updated model for buying and owning the software. Jimmy Landry was kind enough to demonstrate some of the new features of Sonar along with some of his favorites.
The Noise Room caught up with MXL Microphones at NAMM 2015 to take a look at their latest mics. While at the booth, MXL showed us the MXL CR89, a large diaphragm condenser microphone wrapped in sharply contrasted black and chrome, the MXL R144 which incorporates a Figure-8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, and the MXL CR20 which features a “tube” switch to change the characteristics of the tonality. It’s a solid state mic with the option of adding tube character.