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New Gear, February 2012

February 1, 2012
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Yamaha 01V96i
Small-format digital mixer
$2,699
?highlights
16-in/16-out USB 2.0 audio streaming • 24-bit/96kHz resolution • single-cable DAW integration; includes Cubase AI6 • incorporates a full suite of pre-installed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) plug-ins and REV-X reverbs • Studio Manager software • 24 analog and digital ins • expandable using mini-YGDAI cards
target market Recording studios and live recording
analysis Being able to save and recall all settings via USB is a time-saver for live use, but also simplifies setup time in the studio. The 01V96i can also serve as a multi-input interface for live recording.
Yamaha 01V96i product page

Acorn InstrumentsMasterkey 61
USB keyboard controller
$149.99
highlights
Full-size, velocity-sensitive synth-action keys • five octaves • seven MIDI-assignable controls including two rubberized expression wheels, 60mm fader with rubberized cap, four assignable knobs, two assignable buttons • class-compliant, no drivers required with Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 • includes PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW • input jack for sustain pedal
target market Computer-based studios, virtual instrument users
analysis Any computer-based studio benefits from a MIDI keyboard controller, whether for playing instruments or using as a control surface. The Masterkey 61 is intended for studios where cost-effectiveness is a priority.
Acorn Instruments Masterkey 61 product page

Applied Acoustics SystemsChromaphone
Virtual percussion synthesizer
$199
highlights
Create acoustic resonator-based drums, percussion, mallet, string, and synth-like instruments • novel “coupling” physical modeling technology results in extremely expressive instruments with a wide range of sonic colors • AU/VST formats for Mac OS X and Windows • sounds morph easily and continuously from one timbre/character to another • one-shots are no longer limited solely to velocity control modulation
target market Percussion players who want more sonic flexibility
analysis By incorporating advanced physical modeling technology, Chromaphone is intended for those seeking more dynamic and timbral flexibility than is obtainable with conventional sampling.
Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone product page

HerculesDJ Control AIR
DJ mobile control surface
$169.99
highlights
Uses AIR (“Adjustment by InfraRed”) proximity sensor to control computer DJ mixing consoles • control your choice of functions (volume level, effects, etc.), without touching the controller, by moving your hand above the sensor • intuitive ensemble of controls • functions under all ambient lighting conditions • built-in audio outputs
target market DJs who want to augment their stage presence
analysis As DJs step more into the spotlight and integrate more performance moves, DJ Control AIR allows doing conventional DJ moves in an unconventional way that provides greater stage presence and physical control.
Hercules DJ Control AIR product page

Kenton ElectronicsEurorack Modular Solo
MIDI-to-CV converter
£162.50 (approx. $250)
highlights
Control voltage (V/oct, Hz/V, or 1.2V/oct) and gate/S-trig outs • MIDI I/O on standard 5-pin DIN connectors • ships with ribbon cable that fits into Eurorack (A100) modular systems • MIDI out can also provide DIN Sync for vintage Roland gear
target audience Modular synthesis enthusiasts who want to interface CV/gate systems with MIDI
analysis Modular synthesizers have staged quite a comeback, but in today''s world, it''s important to be able to interface them with MIDI-based systems. The Modular Solo allows controlling synth modules with controllers like MIDI keyboards.
Kenton Electronics Eurorack Modular Solo product page

Akai ProLaptop Stand
Collapsible laptop holder
$99.98
highlights
Holds laptop above control surfaces such as keyboards and DJ controllers • disassembles in seconds for easy transport • rugged, lightweight design • includes transport case • rubber pads on the stand''s top and bottom provide a secure grip • includes pre-drilled mounting points for studio installation
target market Stage or studio laptop-based music-making setups
analysis Laptops have a significant footprint, and often have to sit aside of any associated controllers. Being able to raise the laptop above controllers, yet have it remain easily accessible, saves space and places both devices in closer proximity.
Akai Pro Laptop Stand product page

analogfactoryBlack Mamba
Virtual instrument plug-in
$29.99
highlights
MAM MB33 emulation for Ableton Live 8.2.6 • 937MB unpacked as Ableton Live Project Pack • 539 samples, 24bit/96kHz • in addition to square/saw, nine new waveforms based on the MB33''s oscillator morphing options
target market Roland TB-303 fans who want a virtual instrument based on the vintage analog MAM version
analysis Decades after its introduction, the TB-303 sound continues to power dance music. MAM''s hardware MB33 was one of the more interesting hardware clones as it offered several variations on the original, and now it''s been virtualized for Ableton Live.
analogfactory Black Mamba product page

Advanced Pro GearMIDI Bridge 120
MIDI recording interface
$199
highlights
MVS (MIDI via S/PDIF) technology takes input from MIDI instruments/controllers and sends the data to DAW plug-ins through S/PDIF audio • high-speed protocol eliminates MIDI “jitter” to preserve timing accuracy • eliminates delays and timing problems caused by the computer OS and USB/Firewire/PCI buses • two MIDI inputs and two MIDI thrus
target market Studios requiring precise, accurate MIDI recording
analysis Using S/PDIF to transfer MIDI data provides a highly accurate alternative to traditional MIDI interfacing; MIDI notes are accurate with each other to within one sample at your DAW''s sample rate.
Advanced Pro Gear MIDI Bridge 120 product page

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