MOTU BPM 1.5
What Rhythm production virtual instrument
Why Expands the original BPM software with a 19GB library
and more functionality.
How BPM 1.5 includes Beat Box Anthology, 4GB of legacy rhythm sounds—
over 10,000 samples—from 80 drum machines dating back to the 1970s, ’80s, and
’90s. It also includes hundreds of new FlexLoops (fully programmable kits+patterns that let
users control every loop element, from individual samples to specific FX parameters). Additional musical
styles include big beat, dancehall, dub, electro, hard trance, house, drum ‘n’ bass, progressive, and
others. There’s also enhanced support for hardware MIDI controllers, and a note repeat function.
Price $295, upgrade from previous version $79
Liine Griid Controller
What Ableton Live 8 controller for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Why Provides an intuitive, portable interface to the Ableton Live clip grid.
How Using touch objects and simple gestures, Griid offers visual feedback
about your clips, tracks, and scenes. Easily see which clips are already
playing or cueing, and spot the clip you want to launch next. Replicating
Live’s own clip names and colors, you can see track and scene names—even
your set’s color-coded scenes are highlighted clearly. A quick glance at the
Track Header’s pie charts or progress bars indicates your position in the
playing sound; furthermore, an overview function generates a bird’s eye
view of the entire live set, large or small, at the tap of a button. Available in
the app store in Lite, standard, and Pro versions.
Price Griid Lite, free; Griid, $5.99; Griid Pro (iPad), $24.99
Updated UAD-2 DSP
What “Powered plug-in” bundles for music production
Why All UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD DSP accelerator
card packages now include the new “Analog Classics”
software bundle at no additional cost.
How This bundle features the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler
(accurate emulation of UAs electro-optical, analog
compressor), 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier (emulation
of UA’s FET-based hardware classic), 1176SE Limiting
Amplifier (DSP-optimized version of the 1176LN,
yielding higher instance counts), Pultec EQP-1A equalizer,
and RealVerb Pro Room Modeler, designed to provide
a natural reverb sound.
Price Starting at $499 (UAD-2 Solo)
What Portable digital field recorder
Why Capture live performances, band rehearsals, interviews, podcasts,
meetings, class lectures, seminars, sound effects, field recordings, alien
invasions—you name it—with a device that fits in your shirt pocket.
How Records MP3 (in three different bit rates) and WAV files (up to 24-
bit/96kHz). On-board condenser mics are arranged in an X/Y configuration;
an SD/SDHC slot accepts up to a 32GB card for storage. Other features
include a mic sensitivity switch, mic and line input jacks, automatic gain
control, full color LCD screen, pre-record buffer, and built-in guitar/chromatic
tuner. The package includes an AC adapter, tripod, windscreen, batteries,
cloth carrying case, USB cable, and 1GB SD card.
Blue en•CORE 300 Microphone
What Condenser mic for stage or studio
Why The en•CORE 300 is built on Blue’s
custom-tuned condenser capsule technology
used in their studio line, but features a
reinforced chassis that doubles as a protective
frame for the capsule—along with a heavygauge
zinc barrel grip to protect microphone
components and reduce resonance.
How This studio-grade condenser capsule is
mounted on a rubber suspension system, and
coupled with a phantom-powered circuit
specifically tuned to match the capsule. This
design is intended to produce consistent vocal
clarity, regardless of the cable length on stage;
en•CORE’s open architecture design maximizes air volume
in the capsule chamber, resulting in uninterrupted sound
regardless of how the microphone is gripped.
What Analog and AES/EBU to ADAT converter
Why Converts 16 channels of balanced, line level analog audio to industry-standard ADAT, and 16 channels
of AES/EBU digital audio to ADAT—and vice-versa.
How To connect mics to the analog line inputs, you can use any external mic pre units with analog outputs.
The unit will operate at 48/44.1kHz with 24-bit resolution in slave mode, and 48K in master mode. The analog
ins and outs are available via industry-standard TASCAM analog DB25 connectors; the AES/EBU is
available via DB25 connectors that are compliant with Yamaha’s digital AES/EBU pinout. The ADAT interface
uses TOS-Link connectors and cables.
Web www.networksound.com/MambaAES ANADAT
Shure Super 55 Microphone
What Vintage microphone, updated
for the 21st century
Why Pays tribute to the original
Shure Unidyne—the first single-element
introduced in 1939.
How The Super 55 high-output
dynamic mic features a black die-cast
case, neodymium magnet and output
transformer, supercardioid polar pattern, and striking
red foam. It’s intended for stage, studio recording, podcasting,
and other sound applications calling for a
stand-mounted microphone with a classic look. An integrated,
swivel stand mount base and microphone bag
are also included.