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NAMM 2009: M-Audio Unveils Innovative New Products

Published: Fri January 16, 2009  News Feed

With everything from advanced new MIDI controllers and powerful mastering software to a full unveiling of the powerful Torq® 1.5 DJ program, M-Audio is making waves at this year’s Winter NAMM show. New offerings include the Axiom® Pro controllers, Ozone 4 software, DMP3 preamp, Torq 1.5 DJ software and Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8. If you can’t make it to the show floor to check out these exciting new products, read on for the full story.

Axiom Pro Series - Advanced USB MIDI Controllers with HyperControl Technology

The M-Audio® Axiom Pro keyboard controllers build on the acclaimed Axiom series with premium TruTouch™ action, proprietary HyperControl™ MIDI mapping technology and other cutting-edge enhancements. HyperControl automatically maps the keyboard’s controls to commonly accessed parameters in digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Reason, as well as software instruments. The constant two-way link with your host DAW means the keyboard’s controls are always in sync with your software’s active parameters. The intuitive graphic LCD constantly updates the current values, which ensures seamless editing and prevents parameter jumps—even when plug-ins are closed. Axiom Pro puts you in complete control of your entire session.

  • proprietary HyperControl MIDI mapping and host control:
    • automatically maps controllers to popular DAWs and software instruments—and maintains a constant live link between them
    • compatible with DAWs including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Reason
    • graphic LCD groups and names controls modularly with 4 dedicated profiles per group for easy recall
    • dedicated button toggles between Mixer and Instrument control modes
    • Transport-only mode option enables DAW transport control and track navigation combined with user MIDI controller mappings
  • TruTouch semi-weighted, piano-style, professional-action keybed
  • ASCII messages for DAW keyboard shortcuts

iZotope Ozone 4 - Complete Mastering System

iZotope Ozone 4 software combines seven essential mastering processors into one complete system—including Loudness Maximizer, Paragraphic EQ, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Harmonic Exciter, Dithering and Mastering Reverb. Ozone 4 delivers everything you need to give your mixes a polished, professional sound.

  • complete mastering system includs 7 essential mastering tools: Loudness Maximizer, Paragraphic EQ, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Harmonic Exciter, Dithering, Mastering Reverb
  • analog-modeled processing combined with linear phase precision
  • comprehensive preset system with over 100 pro presets included

DMP3 - Dual Microphone/Instrument Preamp

Based on the M-Audio preamplifier technology that won Pro Audio Review’s highest accolades, the updated DMP3 preamp is designed to provide a premium front end for today’s high-resolution digital recording systems. It features an amazing 20Hz to 80kHz frequency response, 67dB of gain and an exceptional dynamic range to capture all the nuances of your music—plus a redesigned new look. Whether you use it for performance or production, the DMP3 two-channel microphone/instrument preamp is destined to be integral in defining your sound.

  • 2-channel preamp with XLR microphone inputs and 1/4” instrument inputs
  • balanced outputs on TRS jacks deliver hum-free professional audio
  • low harmonic distortion (THD+N: .0005% @ 20Hz-20kHz) for ultra-clean sound
  • exceptional dynamic range to capture all the nuances of your music
  • 20Hz to 80kHz frequency response (+/- 0.5dB) ideal for high-resolution recording
  • high and low gain range controls offer up to 67dB of gain
  • phantom power to accommodate all types of microphones

Torq 1.5 - DJ Performance/Production Software

The Torq 1.5 application combines digital DJ software with an unparalleled set of creative tools including built-in effects processing, automatic beat matching and a 16-cell tempo-synced sampler. Torq 1.5 introduces dynamic new additions like Tempo Anchors, Tempo Master, zplane élastique time stretching, send/receive MIDI clock, a new toolbar and more.

New Features in Torq 1.5:

  • Improved Tempo/Pitch Alteration
    • Tempo Anchors allow marking tracks with varying tempos—Torq’s effects and samples follow the tempo changes in the song
    • Tempo Anchors enable you to eliminate tempo variations, making it easy to mix varied songs
    • Tempo Master assigns a playing track to serve as the master tempo source for all tempo-related functions
    • zplane élastique time-stretching/compression technology for sophisticated beat matching and pitch alteration
  • Advanced MIDI Control
    • transmit/receive MIDI clock for sync with other hardware/software and easy switching between DJs
    • IDI soft takeover prevents parameter jumps when using external controllers
  • New User Interface Features
    • Hide Mixer option conserves screen space
    • preview songs in headphones before loading to deck
    • new database categories for bit rate, file type, year and label
    • select multiple files to add to playlists
    • Musical Style Preferences improve results when analyzing tracks
    • drag and drop songs into decks while in browser max view
    • warning message if loading a new song onto a Deck that is playing
    • warning message when attempting to exit Torq
    • optimized control locations
    • intuitive toolbar buttons and MIDI/tempo indicators
    • Global Tempo metronome can be monitored in headphones
    • Auto Gain feature matches the gain levels between decks
  • Enhanced Effects Processing
    • internal effects can be grouped into effects chains
    • VST effect tempo synchronizes with tempo of playing deck
    • effects can be used in a post-fader configuration
  • Rock-Solid Integration with Traditional DJ Hardware
    • Skip Protection keeps the music playing even if the Control Vinyl or CD skips
    • True Key Lock keeps the pitch constant when adjusting external turntable speed
  • New Looping Functionality
    • Loop points can be set after a section plays
    • new QuickLoop option for CDJ-style loop division
    • Quantize function for Loop In/Out accuracy

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 - M-Audio Compatible World Class Production Software

Get ready for a revolutionary new way to work with Pro Tools software. Pro Tools M-Powered 8 delivers a streamlined, customizable interface along with many new production tools and creative options. Work with up to 48 stereo audio tracks*. Create with five new A.I.R. instruments and 30 more plug-in effects. Create sophisticated notation with the new Score Editor based on the Sibelius® engine. Work MIDI magic with the new MIDI Editor. Change audio pitch with the new Elastic Pitch real-time pitch transposer. It’s time to upgrade to the most powerful version of Pro Tools M-Powered ever.

  • up to 2 times more audio tracks—now 48 stereo audio tracks* (expandable to 64 tracks)
  • dedicated MIDI Editor window greatly simplifies and streamlines MIDI sequencing
  • includes 5 new A.I.R. virtual instruments—6 total
  • 30 more effects plug-ins—70 total
  • powerful new Score Editor window based on Sibelius notation engine
  • beautiful, redesigned user interface with new enhancements and customizability
  • Elastic Pitch real-time pitch transposition
  • incredible new track compositing workflow allows for easily constructing a perfect performance from multiple takes
  • access up to 10 inserts (plug-ins) per channel
  • view multiple Automation and Controller lanes for faster, easier editing
  • improved plug-in parameter mapping allows easier hands-on control of effects and virtual instruments with supported control surfaces and MIDI controllers
  • automatic Check for Updates feature keeps Pro Tools and plug-ins up to date
  • QuickStart dialog allows for quickly, easily creating new sessions from templates, from scratch or from open existing sessions
  • improved, reduced-price Music Production Toolkit 2 option adds support for up to 64 stereo audio tracks and more valuable plug-in collection

*Up to 64 simultaneous stereo or mono audio tracks with the Music Production Toolkit 2 option. Owners of the original Music Production Toolkit software option who upgrade to Pro Tools M-Powered 8 will automatically get support for up to 64 stereo audio tracks.

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