|At Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Avid introduced a series of new live performance and recording solutions for musicians. The new tools include the M-Audio Venom virtual analogue synthesizer, Torq 2.0 DJ software, the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack and new Mbox family options.
The M-Audio Venom virtual analogue synthesizer delivers an aggressive take on the emulation of classic analogue synthesis—combining the warm sound and character of vintage keyboards with the intuitive control and workflow advantages of modern digital processing to provide cutting-edge sound options to musicians. Its features include extensive sound design capabilities by using 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from renowned vintage keyboards. Users can add realism to their mixes with a DSP-induced oscillator drift, and additional sound complexity with a 12-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, as well as 16 modulation routings. Full-sized keyboard and ergonomic design enable customers to comfortably create music and play using a 49-note, synth-action keybed and intuitive top-panel controls.
It comes with the Vyzex Venom software editor which provides a clear visual representation of all synthesizer settings and parameters so users can arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, save backups on their computers and also collaborate with other users. Users can mash up multiple patches and create new hybrid sounds with the built-in patch collider. The built-in USB audio/MIDI interface gives provides the ability to record audio from instruments, microphones or other sound sources, or process external audio using Venom onboard effects and filters, without the need for additional audio interface hardware.
Compatibility with Pro Tools and third-party recording solutions opens up workflows in order to work directly with Pro Tools, Pro Tools M-Powered, Pro Tools SE or third-party DAWs, including Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Logic and GarageBand.
Rebuilt from the ground up by Avid’s software development teams, Torq 2.0 is a high-performance solution featuring advanced professional features and new flexible workflow options for creative DJ performance and real-time remixing and production. New features in Torq 2.0 include four virtual decks with EQ, level control, headphone cueing and crossfade to play four tracks at once to create unique, complex and dynamic mixes. Traq Morph technology is a patent pending innovation blending music tracks in new ways by intelligently applying audio effects during crossfade. Open, flexible workflows provide DJs with the flexibility to use the software with M-Audio Xponent and Conectiv DJ and third-party hardware, or stand-alone without any hardware at all.
13 built-in effects and VST effect support allow for reinventing sound by stacking up to four simultaneous built-in effects and one VST effect per deck, allowing for up to 20 effects at once. Advanced recording options empower DJs with the ability to capture their entire performance with an integrated performance recorder for distribution or editing. As a result of ReWire, they can also create, mix and record with Pro Tools or third-party DAW, bringing their DJ performance to the studio environment.
The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack, a software add-on option for Avid’s Eleven Rack guitar amp and effects processor, provides a series of new features and enhancements to the system, including new guitar and bass amp effects emulations which deliver 19 new guitar amp and effects emulations, including an all-new bass amp/cabinet simulation.
Parametric EQ and studio compressor channel strip effects allow for capturing vocal and instrument performances using channel strip-style signal processing. A dynamic stereo delay provides more options, create custom effects and widen guitar tone with full ducking, panning and filtering control on delay feedback. Speaker break-up emulation re-creates the natural distortion characteristics heard when turning up an analogue amp.
Following on the heels of the Pro Tools version 9 launch in November 2010, Avid is now offering Mbox recording solutions bundled with Pro Tools 9.