Music Tech News Roundup: Critter and Guitari, Arturia, Allen & Heath, Audio-Technica, and Focusrite

In this Music Tech News Roundup, we look at some quality studio additions. Check out Critter and Guitari’s Organelle customizable instrument, Arturia’s BeatStep and MiniLab Limited Black Editions, Allen & Heath GR3 and GR4 installation mixers, Audio-Technica’s ATH-R70x open-back reference headphones, and Focusrite’s RedNet A16R Analog Interface.

Critter and Guitari Organelle | Customizable Instrument

The Organelle makes it easy to explore new sounds and experiment with new ways of making music. It combines playful and intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine that can be used as a synthesizer, effect processor, sampler/recorder, and anything in between. This instrument is customizable, create or edit patches directly on the device or on a personal computer by connecting a USB keyboard and mouse, and an HDMI monitor. In addition, the Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level. Read more at Critter and Guitari


Arturia BeatStep and MiniLab | Limited Black Editions


Music software and hardware developer Arturia announced the availability of limited-edition black versions of both the BeatStep and MiniLab bundled with award-winning Arturia and third-party software for a better bang for the buck. The BeatStep Black Edition is a compact and flexible pad controller allowing you to trigger your clips in a DAW, to control your virtual drum but also to sequence both software and hardware instruments thanks to its USB, MIDI and CV/Gate outputs. MiniLab Black Edition is a completely portable controller keyboard to play and control your virtual instruments. It offers a prolific set of controls so that you can make music in the best conditions whether you are on the go or simply space-restrained. Read more at Arturia

Allen & Heath GR3 and GR4 | Installation Mixers

Allen & Heath

Allen & Heath has launched two analogue installation mixers rack mixers, the GR3 and GR4. Both 1U rack-mounting audio mixers are designed to provide control of programme audio and announcements for multiple zones in environments that require multiple input sources and specific priority settings. A few standout features include an easy access mic input on the front panel for announcements and paging, zonal auto-ducking for paging and emergencies, and optional wall plates for remote control. The innovative control layout allows system integrators to manage which controls are accessible for everyday use. Read more at Allen & Heath


Audio-Technica ATH-R70x | Open-Back Reference Headphones


Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, announced that their ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones have received a NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Headphone/Earphone Technology category. Presented by the NAMM Foundation, the awards celebrate the best in professional audio and sound production. The ATH-R70x is Audio-Technica’s first pair of open-back reference professional headphones. Together with the ATH-M70x, they stand as a flagship model in A-T’s lineup of professional studio headphones. They feature specially designed drivers and acoustically transparent housings fashioned from aluminum honeycomb mesh to provide an accurate and natural open-back sound. They also incorporate a new, improved design of Audio-Technica’s 3D wing support system to provide even greater comfort during the prolonged use, and a dual-sided detachable cable that automatically maintains proper stereo orientation. Read more at Audio-Technica


Focusrite RedNet A16R | 16-Channel Analog Interface


Focusrite expands their 1U Dante interfaces with the RedNet A16R, a 16 channel line-level analogue I/O. The rugged all-metal enclosure features dual power supplies and network connections with full power and network redundancy including locking connectors for maximum reliability, 24-bit precision conversion up to 192kHz, 192kHz A/D-D/A conversion, dante-based remote-controlled audio-over-IP connectivity, software-based routing and control, and much more. Read more at Focusrite


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