ARX USB DI
What USB digital-to-analog interface.
Why A “plug and play” digital-to-analog pro audio interface
that removes the need to use existing computer
How Features transformer-balanced output isolation to minimize ground
loops, extraneous interaction noise/hum, and distortion, as well as promote a
cleaner sound with minimal artifacts.
FXpansion BFD Oak Custom
What High-end Yamaha Oak Custom drum
kit and Bamboo snare.
Why The crack and strong tone of the
included Yamaha Bamboo snare makes it
very easy to place in a mix.
How Oak is great material for a drum shell;
it resonates with a solid fundamental, delivering
awesome power when played. Consequently,
the toms sound very full-bodied and the bass drum offers a devastating low-end
response. This expansion kit offers a wide variety of recordings including sticks, mallets,
brushes, and hotrods on toms, along with two beater types for the kick.
Price $50 (download only) for registered BFD2 owners.
drum synthesis ReFill
Why Instead of
retreading the same old electronic drum sounds,
Synthetic Kits uses FM synthesis, formants, granular
synthesis, etc. to create kits that are suitable for a
wide variety of genres.
How Presented in Combinator format, Synthetic
Kits uses Thor, Malstrom and SubTractor to create
these kits from scratch. As these kits are composed
out of Reason synths, you can tweak them into
totally new sounds using their fully-mapped Combinator
and Thor knobs.
What Field recorder built for the
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
Why Audio pros can now use
this mobile platform for serious
field recording with an accurate
realtime waveform display, audio
markers, and instant downloading/
uploading of audio files.
How FiRe supports stereo
recording with external microphones
such as the Blue Mikey.
When using the internal mic, the
screen rotates 180 degrees,
allowing better device positioning. Also included: accurate VU
meters for input and output signals, a moveable playback head,
configurable time units, the ability to tag recordings with locations
data, and an overdub mode for layering tracks.
T-RackS 3 Singles
What Individual processor plug-in modules.
Why With the recession in full effect, you can now purchase only the
plug-ins you need. Instead of killing your wallet with package deals, you
can now pick and choose single plug-ins from their award-winning TRackS
3 Deluxe mastering/mixing suite.
Plug-ins Vintage Compressor 670, Vintage Tube Program EQ EQP1-A,
Opto Compressor, Linear Phase EQ, Brickwall Limiter, Classic EQ, Classic
Compressor, Classic Limiter, Classic Clipper, and Metering Suite (Peak,
Perceived Loudness, Phase, RMS meters, and Spectrum analyzer).
Price $99 each
Auralex ProPanel SonicPrint
by Eric Waugh
What Artwork by Eric Waugh custom-printed on
Why Renowned artist Eric Waugh has an extraordinary
lineup of art that gives any studio or room the spice it
needs, and provides acoustical treatment as well.
How SonicPrint custom-printed, artistic ProPanels are
fabric-covered acoustic absorptive panels designed as
artwork. The acoustical panels are camouflaged under
the design of the customer’s choice, and you are no
longer limited to single color fabric choices.
Price Varies on size and design.
Solid State Logic X-Desk
What Elegant and ergonomically-refined desktop mixer.
Why SSL needs no introduction as a leader in high-end
music production and mixing. Now, the same technology
and sound is available in X-Desk.
How X-Desk combines a 16-channel SSL SuperAnalogue
summing mixer with a compact analog audio hub for your
studio. It features 100mm faders, professionally-featured
artist and studio monitoring with Dim & Cut buttons, and
of course, SSL’s attention to detail and depth.
Price $2,899 retail
Arsenal Audio by API R20
What Dual-channel, high-quality mic preamplifier.
Why Besides its vintage military appearance and affordability, the R20 offers two amazing-sounding preamps, and
lives up to API’s reputation of creating durable, great-sounding gear.
How Coming in at 12 pounds, 10 inches deep and with a 2U chassis, the R20 utilizes the THAT 1512 Mic Preamp IC.
With 54dB of gain and a –90dB signal-to-noise ratio, it can compete with any preamp in its class.
Price $1,195 retail