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Apogee announce Element Series by House of Noise

Apogee have been making audio products for approaching 30 years, and recently have been known for the high-class preamps and AD & DA conversion found in their interfaces. The duet is one of the sleekest looking interfaces around but suffers from the problems of having breakout cables for all their connections which can be pretty annoying and fiddly. 

Apogee Element Series Specifications

The Element range are all thunderbolt interfaces with the same excellent standards of pre-amps and digital conversion, with a typically stripped back design, let's take a look at each product in the range:

Apogee Element 24

The entry in the series has 2 mic/line/instrument inputs with selectable phantom power, 2 XLR outs, 1 headphone out, 8 ADAT in/outs, word clock connections, runs on external power and of course, connects via thunderbolt. It's currently priced on the Apogee site at $595. 

Apogee Element 46

The next up in the Element series doubles the inputs to 4 preamps, however keeps the rest of the specs the same: 2 XLR outputs, 8 ADAT inputs and outputs, word clock. This interface is currently priced at $895.

Apogee Element 88

The top of the series the Element 88 has, yeah you guessed it, 8 inputs. The first four are combi channels also suitable for lines/instruments, whereas the last 4 are solely for use with XLR. You get 2 more outputs on the back with the addition of 1/4" outputs, and also the ADAT in/outs doubles up to 16. This interface will retail at $1495.

Apogee also state that it's possible to make the interfaces work together if you want to expand your set up in the future. 

Apogee Element Controller

Perhaps the most exciting part of this new launch is the USB hardware controller remote that will work beautifully with all the interfaces in the series. You get 8 buttons and a control knob which will perfectly sync with Logic, as well as the ability to apply your own shortcut configurations via the app. This looks set to be released in November and priced at $195! Nifty!

Spectrasonics Keyscape Collectors Keyboards by House of Noise

You may have heard the Spectrasonics name before. They are the guys behind the legendary Omnisphere used on many many popular tracks and loved by producers and musicians alike. They have a new product out called Keyscape, and it's aiming to be the only keyboard VST you'll ever need. 

What is Spectrasonics Keyscape?

Keyscape is a new virtual instrument featuring the largest collection of keyboards in the world from grand piano's to bizzare e-pianos you've never heard of. The plug-in has apparently taken 10 years to make so you can believe they've put a lot of effort into making it sound as realistic and awesome as possible.

What keyboards come with Keyscape?

Here's the full list with links to all the keyboards that were sampled for Keyscape. All of the sounds can be blended and altered with many different parameters:

LA Custom C7 Grand Piano

Wing Upright Piano

Wing Tack Piano

Rhodes® - Classic Mark I

Rhodes® - LA Custom ”E”

Vintage Vibe® Electric Piano

Wurlitzer® 140B

Wurlitzer® 200A

Electric Grand CP-70

Pianet M

Pianet N

Pianet T

Weltmeister® Claviset

Celeste

Chimeatron

Dulcitone

Clavinet® C

Clavinet®-Pianet DUO

Vintage Vibe® Vibanet

Clavichord

Dolceola

Electric Harpsichord®

Mini Student Butterfly Piano

Rhodes® 1946 Pre-Piano

Toy Piano - Classic

Toy Piano - Glock

Toy Piano - Grand

Toy Piano - Saucer Bell

Harmochord

Rhodes® Piano Bass

Vintage Vibe® Tine Bass

Weltmeister® Basset 1

Weltmeister® Basset 2

MKS-20 Digital Piano

MK-80 Digital Rhodes®

JD-800 Crystal Rhodes®

Can I use Keyscape on a Mac OSX or PC?

Keyscape works with PC and Mac here's all the specs:

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL USERS

• 2.2 GHz Intel dual core processor or higher
• 8GB RAM minimum
• Solid State Drive recommended
• 80 GB of free hard drive space (30 GB for lite install)

Mac Users:

• OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher
• AU, VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
• Native 64-bit host

Windows Users:

• Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
• VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
• Native 64-bit host

Can I use Keyscape with Omnisphere?

You can browse all the Keyscape wounds within Omnisphere 2, all the keyboards simply appear as a library within the Omnisphere browser this means you can combine Keyscape sounds with Omnisphere sounds for an unfathomable synth odyssey of sound! 

How much does Keyscape cost? Is there a demo version?

Keyscape retails at €349 they don't offer demo versions as the VST is so large to download. You can request a live demo from an authorised dealer! Just find one near you and give them an email/call to try out some of the awesome sounds in store. Check the authorized dealer's site here: https://www.spectrasonics.net/sales/dealers.php