Native Instruments Announces Guitar Rig Mobile, Audio 4 DJ

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German software company Native instruments announced Guitar Rig Mobile and Audio 4 DJ for Mac OS X on Thursday. Guitar Rig Mobile functions as an all-in-one solution that turns your Mac into a guitar recording and performance setup while Audio 4 DJ works as a DJ software suite designed for compatibility with Traktor and other DJ programs. 

The Guitar Rig Mobile I/O pack, which is no larger than a pack of cigarettes, provides a USB 2.0 audio interface that offers high-impedance inputs and outputs featuring 24bit/192 kHz Cirrus Logic audio converters, I/O volume dials, and multi-purpose low-latency drivers for Windows and Mac OS X.

For newer users, the included GUITAR RIG 3 LE software offers the versatility of the Guitar Rig platform and boasts three charismatic amp emulations for guitar and bass, 12 classic effect units, and a wide selection of cabinets, all freely combinable within a "virtual rack" to allow for custom mixing. The software also includes two virtual tape decks, tuner and metronome, to facilitate all typical guitar applications from recording, live performance and rehearsal to instrument learning and tuition.

Guitar Rig Mobile will be available in April 2009 for a suggested retail price of US$119, or €99.

Audio 4 DJ, which is based on the AUDIO 8 DJ interface (also at the heart of Native Instruments' Traktor Scratch DJ system), offers a 4-in/4-out configuration but uses an even smaller footprint. Two stereo inputs with software-switchable phono preamps allow DJs to connect turntables, CD decks and music production gear for various live performance and recording purposes while two stereo outputs provide the necessary connectivity for routing two decks into an external DJ mixer, or outputting a separate master and cue signal when mixing in software. All audio connections are in RCA format for straightforward interfacing with DJ equipment.

Audio 4 DJ features studio-quality 24bit/96 kHz audio converters from Cirrus Logic that provide crystal-clear treble and rich bass response, and incorporates special high-gain output stages that deliver a powerful +10dBu signal with additional headroom with Low-latency operation down to less than 4ms for fast performances. AUDIO 4 DJ also features a ground point for turntables and an adjustable headphone output, as well as signal level LEDs for all inputs and outputs. The interface is completely bus-powered, making a cumbersome AC adapter unnecessary.

Audio 4 DJ is available now for purchase in the NI Online Shop for a suggested retail price of $249, or €229.

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