cnct Introduces intelliPLUG – The World’s Smallest and Most Affordable Smart Plug

June 14, 2017 Leave a comment

CNCT(Los Angeles, CA) June 14, 2017cnct today introduced intelliPLUG, the world’s smallest and most affordable smart plug.  The Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug allows users to control their lights, appliances and any “plugged-in” device directly from their phone or tablet, anywhere in the world. intelliPLUG features full iOS, Android and AmazonAlexa functionality so users can turn on/off plugs, set timers for devices and schedule plugs to turn on/off automatically. The Indiegogo campaign (https://igg.me/at/intelliPLUG), which has a funding goal of $25,000 USD, features limited Early Bird specials of $19.99 USD for a 2-pack (50% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.

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Being the most affordable smart plug on the market at less than half of the price of other brands, intelliPLUG allows everyone to experience a smart home at the fraction of the cost of other devices. Plus, with its quick three-step setup process, users simply plug the intelliPLUG into any electrical outlet, download the cnct app, pair the plug with the app, and in less than 60 seconds the user is able to control any “non-smart” appliance with ease.  Additionally, intelliPLUG is small, attractive and blends in with any home environment.

This easy-to-use platform makes controlling user’s appliances seamless through the iOS and Android apps, and with the Amazon Alexa functionality, user’s simply enable the cnct smart home skill and they’ll be able to access all of cnct’s high-tech features with nothing but the sound of their voice. The cnct platform is built from the ground up to work with even more up-and-coming technologies such as Google Assistant and HomeKit in the very near future.  As additional implementations are added, the existing intelliPLUG will work without the need for product updates or upgrades.

A sampling of daily uses of the intelliPLUG and its features:

  • Make coffee when you want it through the app – 6am one day, 9am the next.
  • Forgot to turn off your curling iron? No problem, simply go to the app and hit “off.”
  • Want to set the mood for a romantic dinner? Just go to the app and turn the lights and stereo on before you get home.
  • Kids have homework – set the timer of the TV to control the amount of time they’re able to watch or play video games.

“With intelliPLUG, we wanted to create the most affordable smart plug on the market, and after dozens of prototypes and countless software iterations, we finalized the design and are ready to bring the cnct intelliPLUG to the world,” said Adam Anderson, founder, cnct. “Now everyone can have a smart home and be able to seamlessly control their appliances directly from their phone or tablet, while home or on-the-go.”

About cnct

Founded in 2012, cnct is an innovative startup based in Irvine, CA developing cutting-edge, smart technology that improves the consumer’s everyday life. The team is comprised of industry executives that have worked in, on, or around some of the most successful and well known IOT (internet of things) products. cnct’s mission is to put a customizable smart home within the reach of everyone. For more information, visit www.cnctlife.com.

Lurssen Mastering Console updates to version 1.1

June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.June 8, 2017  – IK Multimedia has just released an important update for Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac®/PC and for iPhone®/iPad® bringing even more processing power for both desktop and mobile users.


Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iPhone/iPad
Lurssen Mastering Console, the award-winning professional mastering software, born from the collaboration of the IK Multimedia development team with multiple Grammy® winning engineers Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen is now even more powerful and flexible making it ideal for multi-track and surround mixing applications. “We’re pleased to offer new features such as improved dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio along with multi-mono operation for mono, stereo and surround use for the pro users who have asked for it,” said Gavin Lurssen, Chief Mastering Engineer. 

Mastering Jazz and Classical music is a very delicate process where every tiny adjustment can make or ruin the final master.


Multi-Mono operation – From mastering to mixing and surround 

The Lurssen Mastering Console plugin can be inserted in mono, stereo, multi-channel tracks and busses in any compatible DAW for ultimate flexibility as both a mastering and mixing tool. The new mono operation not only allows users to use the plugin on mono tracks (such as vocals, bass, guitars etc.) in regular mixing sessions, or stereo busses for stem mixing or mastering duties, but it can also be used on 5.1 surround, or even larger surround projects, depending on the DAW. The parameters, presets and styles will remain consistent across all instances on a multichannel bus when the settings are linked. This will allow greater precision and consistency in surround operation for the highest quality results.

More Styles: Jazz and Classical
Mastering Jazz and Classical music is a very delicate process where every tiny adjustment can make or ruin the final master. Thanks to the experience of the Lurssen Mastering team, spanning over 30 years in all kinds of music genres, Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen have developed two new “Styles” for use within these specific contexts. Each Style has been meticulously crafted to reflect Gavin Lurssen’s motto: “You want it sound like you were never there,” meaning the sound will be enhanced and optimized but without altering the original artist’s intent.

Extended De-esser threshold control range
In order to provide users with an extended control over higher frequencies in any given audio material (whether it is a vocal track or an entire mix,) the De-esser “Threshold” control range has been extended by 3 decibels. This applies to all versions of the product.

Noiseless analog character
The new update improves the sound quality even further by retaining all the subtle nuances of the original analog mastering chain while simultaneously removing the intrinsic noise of the hardware machines for a superior, crystal clear sound.

Pricing and availability
The update is available for free to current registered users.

Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC is available from the IK Multimedia website and select retailers worldwide for $/€159.99. Users can download and try Lurssen Mastering Console’s full features for free for a period of 10 days.


Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone/iPad can be downloaded for free from the App Store and will operate in demo mode. Users can activate two operational modes via in-app purchase as follows:


Play / Process – $/€49.99 via in-app purchase
Enables unrestricted playback, monitoring and processing, 48kHz maximum sample rate of the DSP processing and export of compressed formats such as AAC & OGG.Play / Process – $/€49.99 via in-app purchase

HD Engine – $/€99.99 via in-app purchase
Enables the HD Engine, allowing unrestricted playback, processing and monitoring at 88.2/96kHz sample rates for DSP and export, selectable Digital Delivery Mastering export, selectable dithering and export of uncompressed formats such as WAV & FLAC.

Download Lurssen Mastering Console from the App Store, please visit: www.appstore.com/lurssenmasteringconsole

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information about Lurssen Mastering Console, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/

For audio and video demos of Lurssen Mastering Console, please visit

Techno Nerd Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 2, 2017 Leave a comment

#1 DadFather’s Day is just around the corner (June 18) and this is my first roundup of nerdy, techno-gadgetry for the man who deserves more than a tie or a coffee mug this year. Give him what he really wants.

OWC/NEWERTECH FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS
FOR THE DIGITAL DAD 2017
Mac/Smartphone/Tablet Storage & Accessories
Websites: http://www.newertech.com http://www.macsales.com http://www.owcdigital.com
Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/newertech/owcnewertechfathersdaygift2017release.html

OWC Envoy Pro mini – Fast 120GB SSD Thumb Drive:
Dads will love this lightning fast 120GB SSD USB drive that fits in his pocket. This is not your average thumb drive — elegant, light, and strong, Envoy Pro mini is a full-sized desktop-class SSD performance go-anywhere storage companion — incredibly fast and perfectly portable for dad’s life on the move.
Price: $119.99
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/owcenvoypro.html
Buy at: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ENVMKU3S120/

OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini – Portable Storage & Backup:
Available from 60GB to 5TB, this is the portable storage drive for fathers who like to take hundreds of photos and videos of their friends and family without worrying about losing their files. The Mercury Elite Pro mini multi-interface storage drive for Mac & PC features USB 3.0 and 2.0 high-performance eSATA Plug and Play data storage and backup reliability with a choice of a SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD). The  Mercury Elite Pro mini delivers up to 600MB/s transfer speeds for demanding data storage and backup in an impact resistant, heat dissipating 5×3-inch brushed aluminum enclosure with super-quiet operation.
Price: $64.99 – up
Photo:  http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/owcmercuryelitepro.html
Buy at: https://eshop.macsales.com/search/owc%20mercury%20elite%20pro%20mini

NewerTech NuGuard KX iPhone Cases for iPhone 7:
Rugged without the bulk — military drop tested cases for iPhones, including iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 5S & 5C, and Samsung Galaxy S4. The NuGuard KX case is perfect for fathers that travel or work/play outdoors. Available in black, red, and blue, with unique design options, such as a U.S. flag.
Price: $29.75-$34.75
Info: http://www.newertech.com/nuguard_kx/apple/iphone-7-and-iphone-7-plus/
Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/newertech/newertechiphone6caserelease.html
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechkxcasestarsstripes.html
Buy at: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mobile-and-tablet/accessories/cases/nuguard-kx/apple/iphone-7-and-iphone-7-plus

NewerTech 14-Piece Portable Toolkit:
Featuring a rugged, zippered, woven-nylon kit with all the tools necessary to open most laptops, computers, and small electronics, this is the essential toolkit for a digital dad. Also perfect for opening smartphones, tablets, and other difficult-to-open but easy-to-scratch items, the toolkit includes 14 tools, including non-marring nylon pry tool “spudgers,” black nylon probes, Phillips and other screwdrivers, tweezers, scissors and more.
Price: $14.99 Info: http://www.newertech.com/products/14pctoolset.php
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechtoolkit.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/TOOLKIT14/

IK Multimedia announces Syntronik™ – The legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC

May 25, 2017 Leave a comment

May 25, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to introduce Syntronik, the new cutting-edge virtual synthesizer for Mac/PC, which will be available in July 2017 and is now open for pre-order. Syntronik raises the bar in virtual instrument technology, sound quality and flexibility thanks to a brand new combination of the most advanced sampling techniques with a new hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, an arsenal of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features that provide players and producers with the ultimate and best-sounding collection of vintage synthesizers to date.

Syntronik

A breakthrough in the world of virtual synthesizers
Syntronik includes 17 amazing instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik‘s synthesis engine goes well beyond traditional sampling thanks to a brand new analog modeled filter section built with the highest expertise from IK, the pioneer in virtual circuit modeling. This is coupled with the new exclusive DRIFT™ technology to accurately reproduce the behavior of oscillators from real hardware synths. All of this combined with an effects section that is unrivaled in the world of virtual instruments along with advanced features like 4-part layers, splits and arpeggiators make Syntronik the ultimate source of inspiration with the widest palette of synthesizer sounds ranging from exact reproductions of the originals to sounds never heard before that will stand out from the crowd in productions covering any genre and style.

Capturing the synthesizer DNA of a collector’s dream
IK Multimedia has spared no effort in crafting an instrument that provides the highest standard of sound quality. Only the best synthesizer models have been sourced from private collections and carefully selected prior to being meticulously multi-sampled using the most advanced techniques developed by the IK team to ensure that the authentic character of the originals is captured and reproduced down to the tiniest nuance. 70,000 individual samples and 50 GB of extreme-quality sounds later, Syntronik is ready to set a new standard in the world of virtual instruments.

The 38 instruments included in Syntronik are: Modular Moog, Minimoog Model D, Moog Voyager, Moog Taurus I, Moog Taurus II, Moog Taurus 3, Polymoog, Moog Opus 3, Moog Rogue, Realistic Concertmate MG-1, Multimoog, Micromoog, Moog Prodigy, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Sequential Circuits Prophet-10, ARP 2600, Oberheim SEM, Oberheim OB-X, Oberheim OB-Xa, Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha GX-1, Yamaha CS-01II, Yamaha SY99, Roland Juno-60, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland Jupiter-6, Roland Jupiter-4, Roland JX-10, Roland JX-8P, Roland JX-3P, Roland TB-303 Bassline, Alesis Andromeda, PPG Wave 2.3, ARP String Ensemble, Elka Rhapsody 490, Hohner String Performer, Roland RS-505 Paraphonic, Roland RS-09 Organ/Strings.

Syntronik

Hybrid Synthesis Architecture
IK Multimedia developed a new synthesis engine for Syntronik that models 4 of the best sounding analog filters of all time: Moog transistor ladder, (found in the Minimoog and Modular Moog), Roland’s IR3109 chip (found in the Jupiter-8 and Juno-60), the famous Curtis CEM3320 chip (found in the Prophet-5, Oberheim OB-Xa and Memorymoog) and the Oberheim SEM state variable filter. This hybrid architecture allows for pristine reproduction of the most critical section of every synthesizer. Plus, every filter is selectable within each included synthesizer, enabling users to create their own combinations by mixing or matching at will – like using a Moog filter with Oberheim oscillators – to produce sounds beyond imagination. Syntronik also provides powerful digital filters like Formant and Phase filters that can take the analog source oscillators into other dimensions for modern timbral exploration.

New DRIFT™ Technology
When it comes to accurately reproducing the real sound of vintage synthesizers, sampling their oscillators is the only way to ensure truly authentic results. IK developers have worked tirelessly to capture multiple round robins of single oscillators as well as oscillator combinations (including sync and FM sweeps). Syntronik also includes a new DRIFT algorithm that breathes more life into the sampled oscillators themselves. Typically sample-based synthesizers have the limitation of having always the same exact sample attack, something that does not happen in their true hardware counterparts. IK’s DRIFT technology varies the phase, color and pitch of the sampled oscillators to keep them moving just like the real analog oscillators do. Much more than simple detuning or even multiple-source modulation, DRIFT emulates the way real analog circuits behave over time. The result is the organic, living sound of analog that is the start of any classic synthesis chain.

4-part layering and arpeggiators
Syntronik‘s streamlined interface allows for quick layering and combining of up to 4 different synthesizer parts, quick mapping and playing sounds simultaneously as well as creating advanced splits for maximum flexibility and performance. In addition to this, each synthesizer part features a powerful note and chord arpeggiator with its own assignable range and settings as well as the ability to store all information for instant recall, enabling users to build complex rhythmic textures and sequences in a snap.

An arsenal of effects
Syntronik comes with 38 high-quality effects derived from IK’s world-class T-RackSmix and mastering suite and AmpliTube guitar workstation plus new effects like the new Ensemble Chorus and vintage analog Channel Strip. 5 effects can be simultaneously inserted on every instrument via an attractive “lunchbox-style” interface that allows for immediate visualization and editing of every parameter from a single screen.

SampleTank-ready
Syntronik‘s sounds can be opened seamlessly in SampleTank 3 allowing them to be used together with the ever-growing number of acoustic and electronic instruments included in the industry-standard sound and groove workstation, to build complete soundtracks for any style of music.

Pricing and availability
Syntronik is expected to ship in July 2017, and will be priced at $/€299.99* with a crossgrade version available for $/€199.99 (eligible to any registered IK users with a purchase of $/€99.99 or greater).
The 17 instruments comprising Syntronik will also be available separately for $/€49.99 each upon release.

Syntronik can be pre-ordered now at a special 50% discount introductory price of only €/$149.99 with crossgrade for as low as only €/$99.99.

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik

For audio and video demos of Syntronik, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik/video
www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik/audio

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.
954-846-9101 ext 313 | www.ikmultimedia.com


About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With millions of installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers or mobile devices. Syntronik™ is a trademark property of IK Multimedia Production. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Moog, Minimoog, Voyager and Taurus are trademarks property of Moog Music Inc. Prophet is a trademark property of Dave Smith Instruments. Oberheim, OB-X, OB-Xa and SEM are trademarks property of Gibson Brands, Inc. Yamaha, CS-80, CS-01, GX-1 and SY99 are trademarks property of Yamaha Corporation. Roland, Juno-60, Jupiter-8, Jupiter-6, Jupiter-4, JX-10, JX-8P, JX-3P, RS-505, RS-09 and TB-303 are trademarks property of Roland Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

IK Multimedia releases all new iRig Recorder 3 for Android

Completely redesigned with new effects, video recording, markers, sharing options and more, iRig Recorder 3 is the ideal professional field recorder for Android

May 2, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce the release of iRig Recorder 3 for Android™devices, a professional quality field recording app which supports video recording and includes a wide collection of pro audio effects, expanded sharing capabilities via online services and social media as well as professional exporting features. iRig Recorder 3 offers users the ability to produce superb sounding audio/video recordings directly on their device, share them with the world or export them for further editing.

iRig Recorder 3 for Android

iRig Recorder 3 is the perfect companion to IK Multimedia’s iRig digital microphones and audio interfaces for Android. iRig Recorder 3 in combination with an IK microphone or interface offers everything needed to get professional quality sound while recording mobile audio for video, interviews, concerts, podcasts and more.

Offering an expandable collection of up to 17 effects, iRig Recorder 3 can be enhanced with professional processing options such as Normalize, Stereo Imager, Compressor and 3-band EQ as well as creative audio effects including Morph, Reverb, Chorus and Delay. They can be applied to audio recordings for sound optimization or creative use, doubling the number of effects available in the previous version of the app. Another new feature allows users to add text and photo markers to recordings in real-time to make editing easier than ever.

Record “selfie” videos, live performances, lectures, speeches, interviews and much more at the touch of a finger. iRig Recorder 3 is the go-to app for both professionals and enthusiasts who need a tool capable of greater versatility when it comes to creating high-quality video with great audio that can be shared via social media immediately.

One of the features that truly makes iRig Recorder 3 stand out from the crowd is its ability to export the recorded content in separate files for convenient editing in a DAW or third-party video editing software. Content can also be easily shared via a large selection of online services and social media like Facebook®, WhatsApp™, DropBox™, Google Drive™, Twitter™, E-mail, Wi-Fi™, or FTP file sharing, in a variety of sizes and formats.

Pricing and availability
iRig Recorder 3 for Android is available as a free downloadable app from the Google Play™ Storewith the option of expanding the effects collection via in-app purchases.

For more information, please visit:

www.irigrecorder.com

IK Multimedia updates AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad, with more than 100 amps and effects available

April 20, 2017 Comments off
April 20, 2017 – IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that a free update for AmpliTube for iPhone® and AmpliTube for iPad® is now available in the App Store®. This update provides more included free gear with the full, LE and CS versions of the app, and adds the availability of Fender® Collection 2 for iOS to guitar and bass players providing them the widest selection of amps and effects on the go.
AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad

In the full version, this update adds 9 new bonus gear models right from the start, including 3 new amplifiers and 6 new stompbox effects to craft amazing guitar tones. New stompbox effects include the Swell volume modulator, an Electric Flanger effect, the Crusher overdrive, Dcomp compressor, Feedback distortion and Phazer10 phase pedal. New amp models include the British Copper 30TB based on one of the most popular vintage British combos ever, Vintage Metal Lead and the 360Bass amp, all with their matching cabinets.

 
The LE and CS versions are also loaded with a wide variety of gear and the latest update includes 4 new stompbox effects; Crusher, Dcomp, Feedback and Phazer10, plus two new amp models, the Vintage Metal Lead and the 360Bass.

AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad
With this update AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad reinforces its position as the most powerful and best sounding amp and effects modeling app available on mobile devices.
 
Not only does AmpliTube lead the guitar app category with a huge array of over 100 amps and effects, it is the only app featuring officially approved models from the most sought after iconic brands such as Fender®, MESA/Boogie®, Orange®, ENGL®, Soldano®, Marshall® and Ampeg® along with gear collections from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix™.
 
AmpliTube is also the ultimate mobile guitar tone playing and recording studio that includes an exclusive feature set that can’t be found anywhere else such as its hyper realistic cabinet section with 3D mic positioning, 8 track DAW/recording studio, 4 track looper, UltraTuner™ – the most precise guitar tuner available, a play-along section with solo cancellation and much more.
 
IK offers a complete “start to finish” music production system when used with the extensive range of iRig mobile guitar interfaces (such as iRig 2, iRig HD2, iRig Pro I/O) and controllers (like iRig BlueBoard) for iPhone, iPad, Mac® & PC.
 
Pricing and Availability
AmpliTube version 4.4 is a free update for existing users of AmpliTube.
 
AmpliTube for iPhone is available now on the App Store in 3 versions:
AmpliTube (full version) – $/€19.99
AmpliTube LE –  $/€2.99
AmpliTube CS – Free
 
AmpliTube for iPad is available now on the App Store in 2 versions:
AmpliTube (full version) – $/€19.99
AmpliTube CS – Free
 
Fender Collection 2 for iOS is available via in-app purchase for just $/€19.99, and individual amp models with matching cabinets start at $/€4.99 each. 
 
For more information, please visit:

www.amplitube.com/ios

The Sixth Flag Unveils Dewdrop.tsf for standalone and 3rd party applications

April 19, 2017 Comments off

The Sixth FlagRaleigh, NC, April 19, 2017The Sixth Flag, Inc. is excited to announce that dewdrop.tsf, the patented and acclaimed watermarking technology, will be made available for standalone and third party applications.  Dewdrop.tsf overlays a session-based watermark on all application and desktop screens that contain session-specific information.  Should a screen be shared via a screenshot or even a photograph, system administrators can determine specific data of the compromise, including the user, time and other relevant information.

“We have been receiving many requests to make dewdrop.tsf available for standalone uses and for uses incorporated into other platforms,” said Pete Kofod, CEO, and founder of The Sixth Flag.  “We believe that dewdrop.tsf is yet another compelling feature of our flagship DaaS offering, but understand many organizations need the watermarking functions of dewdrop.tsf to run on premise-based systems.”

“Furthermore, we are receiving numerous inquiries from various industry leaders to license and include dewdrop.tsf in their application.  We are excited to make dewdrop available to these organizations.”   Dewdrop is a beautiful and compelling watermarking technology.  Organizations that require users to work with highly confidential systems are looking to dewdrop.tsf to further discourage data disclosure.  Unauthorized data disclosure from trusted insiders is a significant problem, but because of the embarrassing nature of such leaks, details tend to remain closely held by the affected parties.

“We see dewdrop.tsf as being of great value to organizations that deal with legal, financial, personnel and intellectual property matters”, says Shane Yocum, Vice President of The Sixth Flag.  “Particularly, if the information belongs to third parties, the risk and consequences of malicious, or even unintended, disclosure tend to be very high.”

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc. is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based  Workspace-as-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost-effective and secure throwaway desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Workspace-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent a compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com

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