Hitsquad News for Musicians  

This is where you will find all the latest news for musicians with information on new products and services ranging from the latest musician software to DJ equipment, synths, recording gear, effects and more.

Moogfest 2014

Moog Music partners with Paxahau to co-produce Moogfest 2014 at Asheville, North Carolina, on April 23 to 27, 2014.

New Fender Passport PA Systems

Fender Audio introduces three new portable audio systems - the Passport Conference, Passport Event and Passport Venue.

Korg LP-180 Digital Piano

Korg introduces the LP-180 Digital Piano, a compact modern piano that requires less space and doubles as a house decor.

Bitwig Studio Now Available

Music production software Bitwig Studio is finally released with demo versions available for three major operating systems - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Ableton University Tour

Ableton launches Ableton University Tour, a series of free music production educational events at universities around the world.

The Traktor Audio 2 MkII DJ Audio Interface is now iOS Ready

The pocket sized Traktor Audio 2 MkII audio interface for DJs has been upgraded to support iOS and is now plug-and-play with the iPad & iPhone.

Allen & Heath Xone:23C DJ Mixer

Allen & Heath introduces the Xone:23C, a 2 channel DJ Mixer that comes with a 4 stereo channel internal soundcard.

Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf Drum Machine - Musikmesse 2014

Akai Professional introduces the Rhythm Wolf, a groove maker sequencer module with analog drum machine and bass synthesizer.

Nektar Impact LX25 and Impact LX61

Nektar Technology Inc. rolls out two the new budget USB MIDI keyboards, the Impact LX61 and Impact LX25.

Waldorf Streichfett Hardware Synthesizer

Waldorf introduces the Streichfett Synthesizer, based on a combination of string synthesizers from the '70s and early '80s.

Focusrite Dream Recording Competition

Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd celebrates their 25th Anniversary by giving deserving artists the chance to record at the fabled AIR Studios in London, UK.

Two New Ableton Live 9 Books From Hal Leonard

The first book is titled "Sound Design, Mixing & Mastering with Ableton Live 9", while the other one is called "Producing Music with Ableton Live 9".

Alesis V and VI Keyboard/Pad Controllers

Alesis launched the V and VI Series - fully integrated keyboard/pad MIDI controllers with full size keys for producers and performers.

Novation Heritage Story and Contest

Novation shares the story of their beginnings in a new video, and announces a contest that stars their free Heritage Synth sample pack.

Behringer X-Touch DAW Controllers

Behringer introduces a new family of universal DAW control surfaces - the X-Touch, X-Touch Compact and X-Touch Mini.

Tannoy Reveal Active Studio Monitors

Tannoy introduces the new Reveal 402, 502 and 802 studio monitors, designed to provide bigger sweet spots.

The Best USB Audio Interface Roundup for 2014

Updated for 2014, this will help you find the best USB audio interface for your current home recording setup with the top adapters from various price ranges and sizes.

My Best Cheap USB Audio Interface Recommendations (under $100)

If you're on a tight budget and looking for the best USB audio interface for recording vocals and instruments, then read on...

NAMM 2014 Top Picks

Here are some of the gear that had our interest piqued out of the many new product releases at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show.

Behringer Motör Series MIDI Keyboards - NAMM 2014

Behringer introduces the new Motör Series MIDI keyboard controllers, featuring fully-motorized faders.

Five New Pieces of Gear from Radial Engineering at NAMM 2014

Radial Engineering is set to debut five new products at the upcoming NAMM 2014 Show.

Nord Lead A1 NAMM 2014

Clavia will present the new Nord Lead A1 analog modeling synthesizer at the 2014 NAMM Show, featuring their "best-ever" analog modeling engine.

Roland RD-800 Digital Piano - NAMM 2014

Roland introduces the RD-800, an 88-key digital stage piano that features their flagship hammer-action and weighted keys design.

Focusrite iTrack Dock - NAMM 2014

Focusrite introduces iTrack Dock, a USB audio interface and recording station that lets you neatly dock you iPad.

iRing - Motion Controller

IK Multimedia introduces the iRing, it lets you wirelessly control MIDI parameters via hand gestures.

Bitwig Studio DAW - Coming Soon

The first version of music production and performance software Bitwig Studio is scheduled for release early this year.

Prophet 12 Module Synthesizer

After releasing the polyphonic synthesizer Prophet 12 keyboard, Dave Smith Instruments introduce a space-saving module version.

Audio Interfaces - USB 2.0 vs USB 3.0

Some people think that they should be looking for a USB 3.0 audio interface, instead of the standard USB 2.0 models - but I disagree.

Behringer X32 Producer

Behringer announces the worldwide availability of the X32 Producer, a rack-mountable mixer console with 16 Midas designed preamps.

iRig Keys Pro

IK Multimedia expands their line of MIDI keyboard controllers yet again with the new iRig Keys Pro, featuring 37 full-size keys.