Hitsquad News for Musicians

The Best Reverb Plugin Roundup

Giving your music the right space and ambiance can spell the difference between good and great music production.

Audacity v2.0.6 Update

Freeware multi-platform music production software Audacity is updated to v2.0.6, featuring various improvements and bug fixes.

Reason 8 Update

Propellerhead announces the release of the 8th version of their popular DAW software Reason, now with refreshed interface and faster workflow.

Novation Audiohub 2x4

Novation introduces Audiohub 2x4, an audio interface that doubles as a USB hub, ideal for electronic music production.

ATC SCM20ASL Pro Active and SCM20PSL Pro Passive Reference Monitors

ATC releases two new nearfield reference monitors - the SCM20ASL Pro Active V2 and the new SCM20PSL Pro Passive.

Studiologic Numa Organ 2

Studiologic introduces the second iteration of the Numa Organ, with more vintage organ models, more effects and improved patch editor.

Mackie Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie has started shipping the new Creative Reference multimedia monitor line, with two new models to start with - the CR3 and CR4.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

Focusrite announces the upcoming release of the Scarlett Solo, said to be the company's most affordable audio interface to date.

iKlip Stage from IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia releases the iKlip Stage, a free score management and page turning app for the iPad.

Genelec 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors

Genelec releases the 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors (SAM), with built-in intelligent tuning compensation.

RØDE NT-USB Microphone

RØDE introduces the NT-USB studio-grade microphone with built-in USB connectivity, fully compatible with Windows, Mac and iOS. UPDATE: 6 July 2016 - This microphone has won the top spot in the Gearank guide to the Top 10 Best USB Microphones!

Novation Launch Control XL

Novation unveils the bigger and updated Launchpad Control XL, their latest controller hardware designed for Ableton Live.

iRig MIDI 2

IK Multimedia announces the availability of the new iRig MIDI 2, their 2nd generation MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC.

M-Audio Oxygen MK2

M-Audio updated Oxygen for 2014, these new portable MIDI keyboards feature more controls, improved layout and bundled synth software.

Roland AIRA System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer and SH-101 Soft Synth

Roland's AIRA System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer is now available, and the first software "plug-out" SH-101 is revealed.

iRig Voice - Mic for iOS and Android

IK Multimedia releases iRig Voice, a vocal microphone for iOS and Android Devices, available in 5 different colors.

Mackie Expands SRM Powered Speaker Line

Mackie introduces two new SRM series speakers, the SRM750 1600W Dual 15" powered loud speaker and the SRM2850 1600W Dual 18" Powered Subwoofer.

The Best Cheap Studio Monitors Currently Available

Here are the best of the currently available affordable studio monitors which are perfectly suited for home recording setups

Aerodrums - Play Drums on Air

Aerodrums, the fully functional drum kit that utilizes motion capture technology to let you play drums on air, is now available.

Sonar X3 Power! Guide Book

Scott R. Garrigus expands his series of DAW software guides with his latest book, the SONAR X3 Power!

Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter

Waldorf announces that the new 2-Pole analog filter, which we featured as one of our NAMM 2014 top picks, is now shipping!

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26

Focusrite introduces the new Saffire Pro 26 FireWire/Thunderbolt audio interface, featuring 18 inputs and 8 outputs.

Simmons SD1500KIT Electronic Drums

Simmons Drums introduce their new flagship model SD1500KIT electronic drums, a 6-piece drum kit with hi-hat and 3 multi-zone cymbals.

Elektron Analog Rytm Drum Machine

Elektron is now shipping Analog Rytm, a multi-voice drum machine with support for audio samples.

Arturia BeatStep Controller and Sequencer

Arturia announces the availability of the new Beatstep, a space-saving portable controller and step sequencer.

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.