January 28, 2020

NAMM 2020 Wrap Up

Join us as we revisit our time at The NAMM Show.

As we pack up our bags and head home from Anaheim, we would like to invite you to join us in reminiscing on some of our favorite moments of NAMM!  We had the chance to work with artists that we love to announce and demonstrate great new gear in the IK collection of products.  Starting with the AXE I/O line, we announced AXE I/O SOLOZ-TONE Buffer Boost, and Z-TONE DI to help guitarists get the tone of their dreams straight out of the box.  Gary Holt took the stage to play through various tones in AmpliTube including from the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube and more.

From IK’s booth, Tonio Ruiz also uses our AXE I/O audio interface with advanced guitar tone shaping with AmpliTube amp sim guitar software.  Tonio has used IK tools to create, produce, and perform his music for years.

Guitarists aside, we also had some great announcements for producers, including the T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio ReverbiLoud MTM in white, and iRig Pro DUO I/O.  We showcased both new and previous products, inviting our friend Chris Dudley from Underoath to come and show his skills on UNO Drum and UNO Synth.  He revealed that he has been using UNO in upcoming projects for both Underoath and film scoring.  See the full performance below.

We also had a very special talk about the new T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb with Ross Hogarth, an engineer at Sunset Sound responsible for recording Van Halen, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Fleetwood Mac, many more.

Click here to watch the full list of recap videos from Tom and Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Succar, and more from a fun and successful NAMM weekend!  We look forward to entering 2020 strong with a whole catalog of new gear to be available soon.  Pre-order this gear mentioned now on our website.

January 17, 2020

NAMM 2020: Announcing iRig Pro Duo I/O

Make the world your studio with new portable 2-channel audio/MIDI interface.

As a creator, you never know where inspiration may take you.  Whether you’re recording music, videos, podcasts, or other content, sometimes this leads you far from the studio.  This is why we have created iRig Pro Duo I/O as the perfect travel companion, a 2-channel audio/MIDI interface packing everything you need to capture high-quality audio in an ultra-portable box.

iRig Pro Duo I/O is a 2-channel audio/MIDI interface with analog inputs to record microphones, guitar/bass, keyboards, synths, and more.  You can freely connect multiple instruments to record an entire jam session on the fly with amazing sounding quality.

A sequel to IK’s acclaimed iRig Pro Duo, the new iRig Pro Duo I/O features updated mic preamps with increased gain, as well as the addition of a USB-C cable to work with all of today’s latest devices and new, dedicated PC drivers to ensure optimal performance on laptops and Surface tablets.  

In addition, refined volume controls with level indicators for more convenient workflow and a new rubberized finish to better stand up to the road, offer the same standard of quality customers have enjoyed from IK’s award-winning iRig Pro I/O single-channel interface.

As a full-featured studio in the palm of your hand, iRig Pro Duo I/O allows you to ditch the hefty gear and plug right into your favorite mobile device – compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Mac/PC with all cables included.  Compatible with all of your favorite apps, from GarageBand and FilMIC Pro to Facebook and Instagram, you’ll never stop finding new ways to create.

iRig Pro Duo I/O can be powered by AA batteries, USB bus power, or an optional external PSU, meaning that you are never bound by the length of an electrical outlet.  Pack it in your backpack and ditch the restraints of a traditional audio recording device.

Stocked full with free access to over $/€500 of IK software, apps, and in-app content, iRig PRO DUO gives you everything you need to record, edit, and share great content with your audiences near and far.

The iRig Pro DUO I/O is available in February 2020 for $/€199.99 from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide.

Click here to learn more about iRig Pro DUO I/O.

January 16, 2020

NAMM 2020: Introducing AXE I/O SOLO

A compact, affordable audio interface with powerful guitar recording features.

We would like to introduce to you the AXE I/O SOLO, a new entry into the AXE I/O family of high-end guitar interfaces with advanced tone-shaping features.

Developed by guitar players, for guitar players, this interface offers the best recording experience possible. AXE I/O SOLO is a compact 2-in/3-out USB audio interface that features IK’s high-end PURE microphone preamp, an instrument input with tone-shaping options, an exclusive Amp Out to incorporate real gear into a recording setup, and 24-bit, 192 kHz converters for pristine recordings in all musical genres.

With the dedicated Amp Out, AXE I/O SOLO can seamlessly connect to AmpliTube or other guitar-friendly software, real amplifiers, and stompboxes to offer a world of tone straight out of the box.

Housing an active and passive pickup selector, AXE I/O SOLO instantly adapts to the gain stage of any instrument, ensuring that the signal is always as direct and uncolored as possible.  PURE and JFET circuits let you add warmth and harmonics to your sound with the flip of a switch.  And finally, IK’s proprietary Z-Tone feature lets users adjust the input impedance to interact with their guitar’s pickups: at the maximum impedance, sounds are tighter, sharper and more precise, and at lower impedances the sound becomes thicker and bolder.

By twisting knobs and flipping switches straight on the box, you can hear your tone transform in real-time.  

AXE I/O SOLO will be available Q2 2020

January 15, 2020


Nektar AURA is a powerful beat creation and performance instrument. Featuring 16 hyper-sensitive RGB illuminated pads, an on-board step sequencer, a flexible pad repeat engine and incredible plugin control, AURA brings an exciting drum-machine-style workflow to any DAW or external MIDI setup.

Paired with the included Nektarine 2.0 software, AURA becomes a plugin control powerhouse for VST, VST3 and AU plugins. Whether working a single multi-sound drum plugin or hosting a comprehensive kit using multiple plugins, setting AURA’s pads up is fast and intuitive, with real-time auditioning. Nektarine can host up to 16 different instrument-plugins simultaneously, so that each of AURA’s pads can play its own plugin. Any pad can be re-routed to a new plugin by creating a plugin slot and loading a patch or plugin directly from AURA’s browser. Pad assignments are saved as part of a DAW project/song or a Nektarine Multi-Patch for instant recall.

AURA’s ‘Plugin’ mode provides instant control of hosted instrument plugin parameters. When programming drum sounds, quick access to key parameters such as pitch, decay or level is essential. Nektarine makes short work of this by auto-selecting the relevant parameters for control with AURA’s 8 rotary pots based on the last triggered pad. Nektar plugin maps ensure that even plugins with thousands of parameters can be controlled seamlessly.

Nektarine 2.0 provides 4 FX insert slots per hosted instrument plugin for up to 64 insert effect plugins per Nektarine instance. Dedicated AURA ‘FX’ buttons enable selection and control of hosted effects plugins. Each Nektarine instance has another 4 global send effects slots. Their send levels are controlled for each instrument plugin from AURA’s mixer page. Other mixer page controls are volume, pan and mute/solo for each plugin slot.

Nektarine’s Browser is designed to manage thousands of patches with features like customizable tags and sorting tools, with full control from AURA. Browser settings are independent for every instrument and effect plugin slot. They are stored with a Nektarine Multi-Patch or even a DAW project/song, along with all other settings. Nektarine can be run in any DAW hosting AAX, AU, VST or VST3 plugins or as a standalone application in Windows and Apple OSX.

PAD REPEAT: AURA’s on-board pad repeat engine is directly accessible, featuring a dedicated on/off button and settings menu. Using pad pressure to control velocity while changing repeat rates with the RGB LED buttons, makes it a great tool for creating dynamic rolls. The Repeat engine is highly customizable, parameters include Repeat Rate, Gate, Accent Interval, Accent Velocity Offset, Swing, Trigger Mode and Clock Source.

HARDWARE STEP SEQUENCER: On pressing AURA’s ‘SEQ’ button, the 16 LED buttons below the pots become the much loved, classic 16-step programming interface. 16 patterns (one per pad) with 4 parts (comprising of up to 16 steps each) add up to a total of 64 steps. This provides a lot of flexibility for inspired beat creation. A set of patterns can be saved in one of AURA’s 16 Collections. AURA’s sequencer is all about interaction and performance: Parts may be triggered in any combination at any time. Each pattern, and even each part in a pattern, can have a different length – massively simplifying the creation of interesting poly-rhythms. Many of the editing features go all the way down to step level and include play rate, velocity, accent, gate and swing. Internal and external clock modes ensure perfect sync. The sequencer may also be used stand-alone for MIDI instruments connected to AURA’s external MIDI Out.

DAW INTEGRATION: The dedicated ‘DAW’ button assigns AURA’s surface to take control of many popular DAWs, offering Nektar DAW integration features such as extended transport control, track selection, project navigation and more. Nektar DAW Integration software is included for Ableton Live Suite, Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One and Sonar/Cakewalk. 7 transport buttons are otherwise fully MIDI assignable, including MMC commands, and can be used to set up transport control for any software not supported by Nektar DAW integration.

MIDI PROGRAMMABILITY: AURA is designed for control of Nektarine, but it can also be used as a self-contained programmable USB MIDI pad controller in ‘Internal’ mode. It connects with hard- and software via USB or the MIDI output jack. 16 presets store pad and control assignments for use for the 16 pads, 8 pots, 7 switches and 2 foot switch connections.


January 14, 2020

SuperRack Now Supported in Native Mode

SuperRack live plugin rack now supports native processing. Native mode lets you run Waves plugins on the CPU power of your Windows/Mac computer, using any ASIO/Core Audio interface, without a SoundGrid server connected.

NEW: SuperRack Native Mode Support

We are pleased to announce that the SuperRack live plugin rack now supports native processing. Native mode lets you run Waves plugins on the CPU power of your Windows/Mac computer, using any ASIO/Core Audio interface, without a SoundGrid server connected.

If you already own SuperRack, you can update your software to the latest version to get this new feature for free: update now via Waves Central.

SuperRack Native & Dugan for Flawless Corporate AV Installations

SuperRack Native & Dugan for Flawless Corporate AV Installations

Use SuperRack Native and Dugan Automixer to optimize mixing of multiple mics in live speaking and corporate forum installations. Dugan automatically controls the gains of multiple mics in real time to maintain a consistent output level across all mic channels and reduce feedback, noise, and comb filtering effects from adjacent microphones.

This enables perfectly matched crossfades between each speaker, without signal compression or unwanted sonic artifacts caused by noise gates. This setup is ideal for a wide range of AV installations, including conference rooms, corporate presentation theaters, live news panels, talk shows, and any scenario involving scripted or non-scripted dialog between multiple speakers.

January 8, 2020

iLoud MTM reigns supreme with Computer Music “Hardware of the Year 2019” award

“Worthy winner and a truly exciting innovation in speaker technology”

All of us at IK Multimedia are extremely proud and excited to announce the iLoud MTM is the winner of Computer Music magazine’s prestigious Hardware of the Year 2019 Award. Fighting off worthy competition from Native Instruments and Novation, iLoud MTM was selected as the final winner. Furthermore, it was also a runner-up in the Innovation of the Year 2019 award.

Computer Music said:

“A speaker which presents as incredibly clinical and brutally ‘honest’.

“The iLoud MTM really is a truly incredible solution.”

“Worth winners of our  Hardware of the Year award and a truly exciting innovation in speaker technology”

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January 7, 2020

The New Standard in Harp Microphones: The Harp Blaster HB52 from sE and HOHNER

HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH and sE Electronics International, Inc. are proud to announce the new harmonica microphone Harp Blaster HB52.

The microphone was developed from the ground up and especially for harmonica players. Built only from the finest components, it features a dynamic capsule designed after legendary vintage microphones, a gold plated XLR connector and a high-end Bourns® potentiometer. The compact size, the rock solid all metal housing as well as a chrome grille and the special hammer effect enamel round off this new standard in harmonica microphones.

As the leading manufacturer of all things harmonica and a history in legendary harmonica microphones it was only natural for HOHNER to broaden its accessory portfolio once again. With sE Electronics the perfect partner was found for this project – since both companies strive for innovation and highest possible quality in their respective field. sE Electronics’ expertise in high class microphones combined with HOHNER’s harmonica knowledge led to a development process in perfect symbiosis with a result that offers the best of both worlds: The Harp Blaster HB52.

The Harp Blaster HB52 will be shown on the HOHNER booth at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and will be available soon after!

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