Roland Zentracker for Android and iOS: a recording app goes beyond the essentials

Roland ZenTrackerIt took a while, but Roland is bringing its music production vision to mobile devices with a recording app that’s unmistakably “modern Roland”. This is ZenTracker, a free app for Android and iOS devices that claims “mobile studio” functionality without the complexity. Let’s see what big R’s been up to…

Roland Zentracker

Zentracker is a multitrack recording app designed to serve as a well rounded-out “trackpad” to quickly jot down spontaneous musical ideas before they evaporate, forever. It’s a reasonably powerful app for what it is, with features like unlimited track counts, 16 integrated audio effects, editing (with reverse, time-stretch, etc), timeline automation, and 200 included loops.

Roland Cloud members are privileged to an expanded set of features which also includes stem exports, AUv3 plug-ins on iOS, 8 track effects slots, unlimited track sends, 20+ loop packs, and additional effects. Whew, that’s quite the list for a simple mobile recorder – basically, everything’s there if you need it (and a Roland Cloud subscription isn’t out of the question).

Zentracker projects can be saved on your device and shared over cloud services (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Roland Cloud). It goes without saying that stem and track exports are prime and ready for further development on your desktop/laptop/thingamabob once you manage to pry them out of your mobile device’s obscure file system. Don’t ask, I spent like 2 hours syncing a bunch of mp3s to my iPhone yesterday and I’m still bitter as all heck.

Roland Zentracker

Things are certainly looking up for Zentracker. It looks like a very meaningful, powerful app that’s more than just the brand name it carries. I’d trust Roland to wheel out a well-designed product that’s capable, but accessible. After all, Roland made the 808 and look where are we now! Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section!

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PreSonus R65 V2 and R80 V2: New studio monitors with AMT tweeters

PreSonus R80 V2PreSonus has updated the R series studio monitors and announced the R65 V2 and R80 V2. The new monitors retain the 2-way configuration with AMT tweeters, but offer more tuning options than their predecessors. The amplifiers have also been updated.

PreSonus R65 V2 and R80 V2

Both new models use a 6.8 square inch Air Motion Transformator (AMT) driven by a Class-A/B amplifier module with 65 watts. PreSonus says that the thin folds (less than 0.01 mm) of the Kapton membrane ensure that the tweeter moves instantly, for wave cycle accurate transient reproduction.

The manufacturer also claims that the AMT design results in a wider sweet spot with focused vertical dispersion. This helps to minimize reflections from the desk, ceiling and floor, which could otherwise cause phase and coherence issues.

The R65 V2 features a 6.5-inch woofer made of custom-woven composite, while the R80 V2 is equipped with an 8-inch speaker. Both models are built around a 75-watt Class-A/B amplifier module for the low and mid frequencies, which offers plenty of headroom to ensure distortion-free, non-fatiguing performance, PreSonus says. The manufacturer also claims that the woofers offer consistent dispersion across their entire frequency range. The R65 V2 offers a frequency response of 45 Hz to 22 kHz, while the larger R80 V2 goes down to 40 Hz.

PreSonus R65 V2

PreSonus R65 V2

New adjustment options

In addition to the new amp modules, PreSonus has brought the acoustic tuning controls of the Eris lineto the R65 V2 and R80 V2. Both monitors offer low cut, mid frequency and high frequency controls. There’s also an Acoustic Space switch to compensate for the any issues caused by placing the speakers close to a wall or in a corner. With XLR, 1/4” and RCA inputs, the new R series monitors can be integrated into a wide variety of setups.

As an extra bonus, the new monitors come with the Studio Magic Suite, which includes Ableton Live Lite and a great selection of plug-ins by various developers, as well as some samples. Here’s an overview.

PreSonus R80 V2

PreSonus R80 V2

Price and availability

Both new models will be available soon. The R65 V2 is available for preorder at Thomann* for €299. The R80 V2 is €399 at Thomann*.

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