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A synthesizer galore at NAMM 2015!

Korg NAMM 2015 video Several key companies announced new hardware synths at this year's NAMM. From vintage replicas to new designs, there is plenty to choose from for musicians of all genres. Dave Smiths Instruments, after securing the Sequential brand back from Yamaha Corporation and its president, Takuya Nakata, in an unprecedented gesture of good will, debuted a new analog poly synth bearing the Sequential name: the Prophet-6! The Prophet-6 is a tribute to Sequential's most famous instrument, the Prophet-5. Moog Music decided to introduce nothing less than a limited run of three of their most sought after 5U, large format, Moog Modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973. The dedicated nature of the Moog modular rebuilding process is such that the units will come in extremely limited quantities. There will be 55 units of the System 55, priced at $35,000 US per instrument; 35 of units of the System 35, priced at $22,000 US per instrument; and 150 units of the Model 15, priced at $10,000 US per instrument. Alongside these Moog Modular Systems will be the Sequencer Complement B Expansion Cabinet, a dual 960 Sequential Controller, an accompaniment to the System 35 and System 55, that has been out of production for over 30 years, as well as an optional 5-Octave duophonic keyboard. Another oldie to see the light of day again is Korg's Arp Odyssey, revived in conjunction with Arp Instruments. The new Odyssey has a compact body (downsized to 86% of the original), highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard that's easy to play. In addition, a Drive switch (new function) is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as patch cables. Korg also introduced a limited edition MS-20M Module Kit with SQ-1 Analog Sequencer, allowing users to assemble a module version of the iconic MS-20 analog synthesizer with greatly expanded synthesis capabilities. Limited to a run of 1,000 units worldwide, each MS-20M Kit will come bundled with an SQ-1 sequencer featuring dual CV trigger and gate, audio sync (to clock volca series, electribes, or monotribe), three-pin and USB MIDI, plus much more. More Korg announcements here. In addition to several other new products, Roland announced the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, a new compact keyboard that's powerful, versatile and fun. Equipped with 37 mini keys, the JD-Xi features a true analog synth engine along with a wide selection of Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL digital sounds. This affordable instrument also comes packed with many great extras for self-contained music creation, including built-in drum kits, a four-track pattern sequencer, and a gooseneck mic for using the synth's Vocoder and AutoPitch effects. [source]

Carbon Scatter 2015 trial version available
S catter millions of instances in seconds, create wind-swept forests or animated crowds and render them directly inside 3ds Max, Maya and CINEMA 4D, using the new Carbon Scatter 2015 plug-in. [more]
Major upgrade to Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite
The Tiffen Company released the highly-anticipated version 4 of the award-winning Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite. [more]
PlantFactory and VUE 2014.6 PLEs
The "Personal Learning Edition" of PlantFactory and Vue, e-ons virtual nature products, are now updated for the recently announced 2014. [more]
HALion 5.1 udpate available
The 5.1 update for Steinberg's VST sampler and sound creation system, HALion 5, features eight brand-new effects and tools for sample editing and includes new looping and playback modes. [more]
Panasonic releases firmware update for LUMIX DMC-GH4
New firmware update 2.1 for the popular LUMIX G interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 adds time code and recording control signal embedding to the HDMI output signal (in conjunction with ATOMOS recorders). [more]
Blackmagic cameras updated
The newly released Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0 firmware contains several improvements across (almost) the entire range of Blacmagic cameras, including Blackmagic URSA (added support for Apple ProRes 444 recording in 4K and HD in 60 fps and 80 fps, respectively), Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K (performance improvements for optical fiber output), Blackmagic Studio Camera (fixes an issue where the overlays settings are not remembered after turning off camera), Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (fixes an issue where dropped frames are occurring during ProRes LT and Proxy recording), and Blackmagic Cinema Camera (performance enhancements and improvements). [more]

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