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New Gear, November 2013

October 10, 2013

16-channel summing mixer/ monitoring system
16 channels of balanced, passive summing • 8 channels of stereo inserts • 2 microphone inputs • two 1/4" instrument inputs • stepped monitor output control • 3 stereo monitor outputs • stereo Record outputs • headphone jack with level control • Mid/Side processing
TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering engineers, personal studio owners
ANALYSIS A rugged device, made in the USA of high-quality parts, that packs a lot of useful features into a small amount of space.




Akai Pro


Sample player/MIDI controller
HIGHLIGHTS 8 pressure- and velocity-sensitive pads • 8-voice polyphonic sample playback • reverb • balanced 1/4" audio output • USB and standard MIDI I/O • USB bus powered • drag-and-drop Mac/Win editor • headphone output • loads files from SD and SDHC cards • 3 triggering modes
TARGET MARKET Anyone who needs a portable instrument/controller
ANALYSIS It’s hard not to like a sample player that weighs 1 lb. and doubles as a MIDI controller for DAWs and hardware synths.


AE400 Active EQ
DSP plug-in
$299 street
HIGHLIGHTS Overlapping 4-band EQ • double-precision processing • controls for frequency, Q, and output on each band • active and fixed gain response • EQ ratio response control • mono and stereo versions • sidechain features • Pro Tools 11 64-bit AAX DSP (HD) and Native
TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering studios, live sound, post-production
ANALYSIS McDSP is always pushing the envelope: This active EQ’s ratio feature sets the input-level sensitivity to control the amount of equalization that occurs. 


Rokit 8 Generation 3
Active studio monitor
$249 street
HIGHLIGHTS 8" aramid glass-composite woofer • 1" soft-dome tweeter • 100W power output • 35Hz–35kHz frequency response • 3 analog inputs: RCA, balanced 1/4" TRS, XLR • high-frequency and low-frequency level adjustment • output level control • front-slotted bass port
TARGET MARKET Professional and project studios, editing suites, educational facilities
ANALYSIS A highly anticipated rev of KRK’s popular, affordable studio monitors, which gives you more of everything, including wattage and frequency range.


Icon Digital
USB/MIDI Control surface
HIGHLIGHTS 9 touch-sensitive motorized faders (8 channel, one master) • 8 rotary encoders • 18 assignable buttons • jog wheel • class-compliant Hi- Speed USB 2.0 • assignable function buttons • transport and directions controls • Mackie HUIcompatibility • DAW template labels • slot for UMix Satellite 1008 audio interface
TARGET MARKET studios, classrooms, desktop editing suites
ANALYSIS A competitively priced control surface that offers prolevel features while remaining relatively portable.


Software synthesizer
HIGHLIGHTS Inspired by the Yamaha CS01 synthesizer • works with NI Kontakt, Logic EXS24, and Ableton Live • 6 independently tunable waveforms plus noise • mono, poly, and legato modes • 3-mode filter • 8-voice unison mode • reverb, delay, and speaker simulation • 1.15GB of content
TARGET MARKET Musicians and composers who use Kontakt, EXS24, and Ableton Live synths
ANALYSIS Despite being an inexpensive subtractive synth, NF-01 is remarkably powerful and has an old-school user interface.


RX 3
Audio restoration software
$349 ($1,199 for RX3 Advanced)
Spectrum audio editor • reverb removal • de-click algorithms • realtime, dialogspecific de-noiser functionality • takes advantage of multithreading to support multicore processing • pitch-contour feature uses XY controller • pro-level loudness metering • unlimited undo, saved with audio data • standalone or plug-in mode • discount for students
TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering engineers, postproduction facilities, audio forensics specialists
ANALYSIS State-of-the-art audio restoration is very data intensive. This update takes advantage of the processing power in the latest computers.


iPad dock and audio/MIDI interface
HIGHLIGHTS 30-pin connector • supports iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3 • 1/4" mono audio input • 3.5mm stereo audio input • stereo RCA audio output • 3.5mm headphone jack • 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O • 10W charging dock
TARGET MARKET Musicians who want to get the most out of their iPads, onstage or in the studio
ANALYSIS With so many music apps on the market, it makes sense to have one interface that can deal with them all.


Sony Creative Software
SpectraLayers Pro 2
Audio spectral editor
HIGHLIGHTS Noise extraction • Spectral Casting/Spectral Molding features let you impose the frequency spectrum of one layer onto another • time- and pitch-editing tools • modify, clone, and draw functions • Windows version is bundled with Sound Forge Pro 11 within the Audio Master Suite for $849.95
TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering engineers, postproduction facilities
ANALYSIS Sony’s premiere audiospectral editor works faster than ever, and it has an integrated workflow with Sound Forge 11.


Snapper 2 (Mac)
Digital audio utility application
HIGHLIGHTS Audition, convert, and export from the Finder any audio file and resolution • 64-bit file support • drag and drop all or part of a file from the Finder to the curser in most DAWs • change playback speed without altering pitch • editing tools include normalization, trim, and fade • 100-day demo
TARGET MARKET Anyone who works with audio within Mac OS X
ANALYSIS A quick and easy way to work with sound files. Period.


Radial Engineering
Stereo DI for USB output
24-bit, 96kHz resolution D/A converter with USB input and balanced (XLR) analog audio outputs • stereo 1/4" headphone jack • output level control • mono sum switch • ground lift • rugged casing
TARGET MARKET Anyone who wants to record (or amplify through a P.A.) a stereo signal using your computer’s USB port
ANALYSIS An elegant and roadworthy way to increase the audio quality of your computer output by avoiding the compromised signal from the headphone jack.


Hal Leonard
Pitch Correction Software Now!
Production guide
HIGHLIGHTS Gives an overview of several popular pitch-correction software applications • offers techniques for tracking vocals that will make pitch correction less obvious • individual howto chapters devoted to Antares Auto-Tune and Auto-Tune EFX 2, Celemony Melodyne, Waves Tune, and iZotope Nectar and The T-Pain Effect • includes a DVD of tutorials
TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers, sound designers
ANALYSIS Pitch correction is here to stay; this book shows you how to achieve pro results using the technology.

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