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Roland sues Alesis

Roland Corporation Japan has alleged patent infringement by inMusic Brands, Inc. (d.b.a. Alesis) of eight U.S. patents relating to its electronic musical instruments. As a result, Roland has brought suit against the defendant (inMusic / Alesis) related to certain electronic drums and certain electronic cymbals as identified in the lawsuit details as filed on August 19, 2016.

The remedies being sought include a permanent injunction in the United States against the defendant for the products subject to the alleged infringement, and an undisclosed amount of monetary damages.

The lawsuit was filed in the state of California in the District Court for the Central District of California.

The relevant United States Roland patents are:

    (1)  U.S. Patent No. 7,385,135 (Title: Electronic Drums)

    (2)  U.S. Patent No. 6,921,857 (Title: Electronic Drums)

    (3)  U.S. Patent No. 6,756,535 (Title: Electronic Drums)

    (4)  U.S. Patent No. 6,271,458 (Title: Electronic Drums)

    (5)  U.S. Patent No. 6,121,538 (Title: Electronic Drums)

    (6)  U.S. Patent No. 7,459,626 (Title: Electronic Cymbals)

    (7)  U.S. Patent No. 6,881,885 (Title: Electronic Cymbals)

    (8)  U.S. Patent No. 6,632,989 (Title: Electronic Cymbals).

XM sheds light

Taiwan’s XM eDrum has announced the launch of its Electron Series kits characterized by its LED lighting. The kits feature LEDs that can be programmed as background colours and flashing colours initiated by striking the pads.

The lighting is velocity-sensitive, with brightness determined by how hard the drum is played. The system can be used together with other brands’ electronic drum modules.

New firmware for NFUZD

NFUZD Audio has released new firmware and a sound bank update for the NSPIRE module.

The v1.08 system update address a panning issue which came to light soon after the launch.

It also attempts to improve responsiveness with a new velocity response for the snares in the sound bank 3. There’s also a new Factory Trigger preset.

In the sound bank update, four new snares replace four snare-off samples. These feature looser snare wires for more expressive press rolls.

The update also includes new Factory Presets giving the user better immediate response with mix-ready results, according to NFUZD.

The update is available for free on the NFUZD website.

Accent Ocean Way Drums debuts

Platinum Samples has released its first library using its virtual drum instrument, Accent.

The samples are formatted for Platinum Samples Accent and are available at 96kHz/24 bit. 

This library includes four full kits with Crash, Splash, China and Ride cymbals plus four bonus Kick and Snare drums. The Kicks and Toms were recorded with the snare strainer both on and off. Each snare drum is recorded with two microphone options: Shure SM57 and AKG C12A.

Sides and Miller also created 6 "mix presets" per kit to instantly provide record quality mixes.  The presets range from dry to very wet.

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