Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Morel releases world’s first carry-on luggage and Bluetooth speaker hybrid

TEL AVIV, Israel — April 16, 2018 — Morel, designers of handcrafted, award-winning speakers and audio drivers, announced the release of the Nomadic Audio Speakase, a portable Bluetooth speaker and travel carry-on hybrid that transforms the suitcase’s interior volume into a large-scale hi-fi speaker. Its cutting-edge design won a 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) innovation award. Combining the latest transducer and acoustic engineering with innovative industrial design, the Speakase offers a rich and dynamic sonic experience coupled with deep quality bass sound. Most music aficionados understand that to get accurate, rich, full-range sound, they’ll need a pair of large, high-end bookshelf or floor-stand speakers. Now, with Morel’s Nomadic Audio Speakase, consumers get an industry-leading portable Bluetooth speaker, as well as a unique hi-fi speaker capable of playing music at full sonic energy anywhere they are: indoors, outdoors, home, office and while travelling on the go. 

“Similar to large scale speakers, the Nomadic Audio Speakase consists of an enclosure, which is the trolley suitcase, and the Nomadic Bluetooth speaker that is an individual portable device,” said Oren Mordechai, Morel’s CEO and head of R&D. “But, once inserted in the Speakase trolley slot, it acts as a powerful hi-fi audio driver.” The speaker features aptX HD audio, which ensures that a Bluetooth device delivers High Definition (HD) audio. It preserves sound data through the audio transmission, resulting in a better-than-CD listening experience. Most speakers are built large for a reason: rich sound requires space. It’s something that’s been sacrificed with modern portable speakers. But with Nomadic Audio’s patent-pending technology, the Bluetooth speaker can be used with or without the Speakase, where sound becomes much bigger and better. The Speakase boosts the sound and frequencies of vibration, playing louder bass, richer trebles, and just an all-around incredible sound. It’s the science and acoustics of big brand luxury speakers paired with innovation for the modern music lover and jet-setting traveler. Morel broke away from the traditional portable speaker design and developed a small sized stereo box-less Bluetooth speaker. It consists of two custom 6” x 4” woofers and two 19mm tweeters residing on the same axis, and playing in dipole, open-baffle mode. When playing in free air, an open-baffle configuration delivers a natural 3D sonic experience with a true emotional thrill. Unlike in other Bluetooth devices, the driver’s membranes utilize almost 80% of the Bluetooth device front and back surface, providing genuine full body sonic energy, deep bass and a lifelike performance. The Speakase travel carry-on is water-resistant, rigid and lightweight, comparable to the most popular suitcase brands on the market. Comprised of a durable polycarbonate shell with an aluminum-sealed reinforced frame, it is shock absorbent, protecting the speakers, the case, and the traveler’s belongings. Surprisingly, when inserted in its slot, the Bluetooth speaker occupies only 4% of the trolley’s inner volume, leaving 96% inner space for personal belongings and booming sound. Morel is taking pre-orders for the Nomadic Audio Speakase with prices starting at $399 at http://kck.st/2Ds0E0O. The expected ship date is August 2018. 

For more info, visit www.nomadic.audio or www.morelhifi.com. 
Nomadic Audio Speakase Specs: Dimensions: 56cm x 36 cm x 25.5 cm Weight: 3.95kg + 1kg = 4.95 kg (10.9 lbs) Effective Frequency Range: 35Hz - 20,000Hz Battery: 2200 mha up to 20 hrs (TSA standard) Magnets: Super light hi-power condensed neodymium magnets Power Amplifiers: 2 x 30 watts Drivers: Woofers 6”x 4” (two); Tweeters 0.9” (two) Wireless Connection: BT4.2 APTX + TWS 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

AREE Winter 2018: Lewitt Audio

Artist Relations Endorse Expo: Winter 2018 at Hybrid Studios, Santa Ana, California

Five Finger Death Punch Digital Pre-order For New Studio Album ‘And Justice For None’ Available Now

Today, Friday, April 6, the multi-platinum hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch’s long-awaited seventh studio album AND JUSTICE FOR NONE is available for digital pre-order HERE. Earlier this month, the band launched a physical pre-order in the following formats: Standard physical CD (13 tracks), Deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe gatefold artwork) as well as a variety of CD/merchandise bundles.
Simultaneously with the pre-order, fans will receive “Fake” the first of three brand new songs off AND JUSTICE FOR NONE. Listen to “Fake” HERE. Fans can expect two additional songs to be revealed on April 20 and May 4 before the official album release of AND JUSTICE FOR NONE on May 18. Previously released tracks, “Trouble” and “Gone Away,” are already available as instant-grat tracks with the pre-order.

Five Finger Death Punch’s current single, “Gone Away” (their own rendition of The Offspring’s 1997 hit single) has received over 7.89 million streams, over 19 million video views on YouTube and topped the iTunes rock and metal charts globally. Check out the official video for “Gone Away” and the lyric video.

Earlier this month, 5FDP announced they will be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with Breaking Benjamin this summer, along with special guests Nothing More and Bad Wolves. The summer amphitheater tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, kicks off on July 16, 2018 in Seattle, WA and will make stops in 32 North American cities. For tickets to the biggest, can’t-be-missed rock event of the summer, VIP offerings and more info on the tour go here. Full tour routing can be found below.
Five Finger Death Punch + Breaking Benjamin Summer Tour Dates:
* - 5fdp & Bad Wolves only/ ** - 5fdp, Breaking Benjamin & Bad Wolves only
7/16/18 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA **
7/18/18 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA **
7/20/18 – Taco Bell Arena – Boise, ID
7/21/18 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
7/24/18 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
7/25/18 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
7/27/18 – FivePoint Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
7/29/18 Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM **
8/1/18 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
8/3/18 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX **
8/4/18 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/6/18 – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove – Southaven, MS
8/7/18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
8/9/18 – Heritage Park Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, SC
8/11/18 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
8/12/18 – Verizon Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
8/14/18 – KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
8/15/18 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
8/17/18 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
8/18/18 – Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
8/20/18 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
8/22/18 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY **
8/24/18 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
8/25/18 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ **
8/28/18 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
8/29/18 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
8/31/18 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN **
9/1/18 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
9/3/18 – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Center, NY
9/6/18 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY **
9/7/18 – XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT
9/9/18 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH **
Previously Announced 5FDP Spring Festival Dates 
4/20/18 – KUPD’s UFEST – Tempe, AZ
4/21/18 – Las Rageous – Las Vegas, NV
4/27/18 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
4/28/18 – Fort Rock Fest – Sunrise, FL
5/5/18 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC

Previously Announced 5FDP / Shinedown Spring US Tour Dates
5/6/18 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
5/8/18 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
5/10/18 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
5/11/18 – Westfair Amphitheatre – Council Bluffs, IA
5/12/18 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
5/14/18 – Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA
5/16/18 – Legacy Arena – Birmingham, AL
5/17/18 – Ford Center– Evansville, IN
5/18/18 – Mark of the Quad – Moline, IL
5/20/18 – Alerus Center – Grand Forks, ND
5/30/18 – Casper Events Center – Casper, WY

Friday, March 30, 2018

Plugin Boutique announces Scaler 1.2 – a unique scale detection software and intuitive chord progression builder

Scaler by Plugin Boutique is a unique and inspirational MIDI effect that makes finding chords and progressions intuitive and fun! With note detection, scale selection and chord suggestions, Scaler is a comprehensive but easy-to-use toolbox that will help anyone make better music.

A first of its kind, Scaler can determine what key and scale you’re in and suggest chords that match your music, or it can inspire a tune from scratch by providing a set of initial chords in an unexplored key. With the onboard bank of 1,728 scales and modes and over 100 genre and artist presets, there’s more than enough to keep the juices flowing.

1.2 New Feature List:
- Humanise velocities: velocity of each note within chords is randomised to provide a more natural playing style.
- Midi Export Length: select length of MIDI notes for export and drag and drop.
- Progression builder now handles up to 16 chords.
- Chord progressions in the progression builder can be played to the tempo of your DAW.
- New ChordSets: Classical (8) K-Pop / J-Pop (6) Neo Soul (6)
- New Scales (11): Lydian augmented scale / Acoustic scale / Major Locrian scale / Ukrainian Dorian scale / Hungarian gipsy scale / Melodic minor scale (asc) / Half-diminished scale / Phrygian dominant scale / Persian scale / Neapolitan major scale /Neapolitan minor scale

1.1 New Feature List:
- Ability to change bound octave: Choose which octave to bind and trigger chords directly from the bind MIDI button.
- Ability to play the second line when MIDI bind is active (split keyboard)
- You can now play a melody line or bass line along the chords you trigger through Scaler.
- MIDI CC through Scaler now allow MIDI CC message pass through for better control of your external instruments.
- Ability to trigger multiple chords simultaneously: Trigger multiple chords at once and create complex harmony by combining different voicings.
- New ChordSets: EDM (5) Drum & Bass (5)

Pricing and Availability 
Scaler is available now at Plugin Boutique for £39.95 / $49 / €49

Scaler 1.2 is a free update for registered Scaler owners.

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