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The August Hot List: 8 New Products To Check Out Right Now

July 22, 2013
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1
Steinberg
Nuendo 6
Audio post-production DAW
$2,000
HIGHLIGHTS
mixing and upmixing • 1.5GB of pro-level, 24-bit sound effects
TARGET MARKET
Individuals and studios specializing in sound for picture
ANALYSIS
With its comprehensive collection of audio tools, Nuendo 6 is designed to meet the demands of a modern postproduction facility.
steinberg.net
 
 
 
 

2
ZapZorn
Elements
Sample library and effects
$139
HIGHLIGHTS
Uses Kontakt 5 or Kontakt 5 Player • includes nearly 2GB of 24-bit, 96kHz samples of wood, plastic, metal, and glass objects at multiple velocity levels • use up to 9 effects at a time • 64-step arpeggiator • convolution reverb with 24 inpulse-response samples
TARGET MARKET
Sound designers and composers
ANALYSIS
An inexpensive sample-playback module loaded with a ton of sounds and an array of effects that will provide hours of satisfying sonic exploration.
zapzorn.com
 
 
 
 

3
IK Multimedia
iRig HD
Guitar interface for iDevices
$99.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Electric guitar and bass interface for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple Mac computers • 24-bit, 44.1 and 48kHz resolution • 1/4" high-impedance input • includes detachable iDevice (30-pin and Lightning) and USB cables • preamp gain control • includes AmpliTube Free, AmpliTube Custom Shop, and AmpliTube Metal apps
TARGET MARKET
Guitarists and bassists with Apple mobile devices and computers
ANALYSIS
A lightweight, portable device that makes it easy to run your instrument (including keyboards) through IK Multimedia's excellent virtual amps and effects.
ikmultimedia.com
 
 
 
 

4
Cengage
Sonar X2 Power!
Comprehensive power-user guide
$49.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Step-by-step instructions on using Sonar X2 • Takes the reader from setup to advanced techniques • authored by Scott R. Garrigus, an expert with the program • covers beat making, automation, and grid functionality • extensive info about ProChannel features, including the Console Emulator Module
TARGET MARKET
Beginners through pros who want to learn this Windows-based DAW.
ANALYSIS Sonar X2 is a pro-level app that offers a ton of features. This book will show you how to use them to their fullest advantage.
cengageptr.com
 
 
 
 

5
Zynaptiq
Unchirp/Unfilter
Audio-file correction plug-ins
$399 each
HIGHLIGHTS Realtime plug-ins for diminishing unwanted audio artifacts • Unchirp removes frequency-domain problems that result from low-bit-rate, lossy audio encoding • Unfilter reduces comb filtering and chorus effects from poorly recorded files • VST, RTAS, AAX, and AudioUnits support for Mac and Windows platforms
TARGET MARKET
Musicians, engineers, and broadcast sound professionals
ANALYSIS
Up till now, there has been little you can do to fix poorly encoded or recorded sound files. Zynaptiq provides the tools at an affordable price.
zynaptiq.com
 
 
 

6
Ableton
Push
Controller for Live 9
$698
HIGHLIGHTS
64 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, multi-colored pads made by Akai Professional • touch-sensitive encoders and touch strip • play melodies and chords based on shapes visible from the lighted pads • diatonic and chromatic modes available • comes with a version of Ableton Live 9 • USB bus powered
TARGET MARKET
Anyone who wants to compose and perform using Live 9
ANALYSIS
It's hard to resist a purpose-built, affordable controller that includes one of the most popular DAWs for sequencing and recording.
ableton.com
 
 
 
 

7
Metasonix S-2000
Tube-based analog synthesizer
$1,500
HIGHLIGHTS
Two tube-based oscillator/resonant filters • tubebased VCA • 400mm ribbon controller with 3-octave pitch range • 3 types of envelope generator • CV/gate I/O • external audio input with bandpass filter • heavy-duty aluminum enclosure • 3U rack mountable • includes external 12VDC adapter • handmade in California
TARGET MARKET
Adventurous musicians who want to explore subtle to extreme timbres
ANALYSIS Provides purely analog sounds that have attitude and the expressive capabilities of an oldschool ribbon controller.
metasonix.com
 
 
 
 

8
Native Instruments
Abbey Road ’50s Drummer
Virtual instrument/sample library
$99
HIGHLIGHTS
A collection of '50s-era Gretsch and Ludwig drums recorded at Abbey Road studios • Uses Kontakt 5 and Kontakt 5 Player • mixer channels off er direct, overhead, and room mics • effects include Tape Saturator, Transient Master, and Convolution Reverb • 800 grooves with variations and fills
TARGET MARKET
Songwriters, composers, and producers looking for a high-quality drum library
ANALYSIS
A collection of vintage kits that focuses on early rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll, R&B, and country sounds, but is perfect for modern productions.
native-instruments.com

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