ToolBox : January 2010(2)
Akai Pro MPD18
What USB/MIDI pad controller
Why Its small footprint makes the MPD18 easy to integrate into any setup for stage performance, studio production, or musical creation on the go.
How Sixteen velocity and pressure-sensitive genuine MPC pads, an Akai Professional exclusive. Three different banks of sounds for a total of 48 sounds at once. Q-Link controllers, enabling
users to control nearly any parameters in their software in real time on an assignable Q-Link fader and an assignable Q-Link button.
Price $199 retail, $99 street
What Compressor plug-in
Why Those who like the sonic character of the mpressor can now obtain that sound in a virtual environment.
How Along with traditional compressor options, an antilog compression curve is available for obtaining the “pumping” sounds featured in many dance hits; negative ratios are also available. Furthermore, an automatic fast attack function preserves transients and “punch” even when using longer attack settings.
Prime Loops R&B Progressions
What Royalty-free loops
Why Contains over 180 piano progressions, string arrangements, and synth hooks with tempos ranging from 75–125 bpm.
How With a selection of instrumental loops in many R&B styles, including Smooth Ballads, Funky Vibes, Oldskool Classics, and Contemporary Pop. Available as WAV, Acid Loops, Apple Loops, Rex2, Reason Refill, Ableton, Akai MPC, and other formats.
Audio-Technica 40 Series Mics
What Four new microphones added to the 40 series
Why All four microphones are certified by the METAlliance, which means they meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science.Series AT4080 and AT4081 bidirectional active ribbon microphones, the AT4050ST stereo condenser microphone, and the AT4047MP multi-pattern condenser microphone.
Price $1,245 AT4080, $895 AT4081, $1,625 AT4050ST, $1,055 AT4047MP
SM Pro Audio Nano Patch
What Passive volume controller
Why You no longer have to control volumes with your
software’s master volume fader.
How Rotary control allows precise level adjustments
within 1dB from 0 to –40dB. In addition, the Nano Patch
Plus features balanced operation with its combo
XLR/TRS input jacks, TRS outputs, or unbalanced mini
Shure PG27USB and PG42USB
What High-end USB mics
Why Connect professional-caliber Shure microphones to any USB computer port with plug-and-play performance.
How These cardioid condenser microphones feature built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency and monitor mix control, enabling users to instantly hear what they’re recording and make
adjustments on-the-go. Both microphones are durable enough for everyday use, but sophisticated enough for advanced recording.
Price $199 PG27USB, $249 PG42USB
WaveMachine Labs iGOG
What Drum machine app for iPhone/iPod Touch
Why Contains true velocity sensitive pads.
How VelAUcity technology to accurately measure how hard the pads are hit and dynamically respond. iGOG’s drum sounds are based on Drumagog; it plays standard Drumagog files,
providing up to 384 multisamples per drum.iGOG also features a mic trigger mode which works like Drumagog, allowing you to trigger drum sounds using the iPhone’s built-in mic.
Universal Audio Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ
What EQ plug-in
Why 4-band active EQ modeled from one of 13 original Trident A-Range desks. Licensed and endorsed by Trident
How Filter response curves modeled to exacting detail. Inductor-based EQ model yields band interaction between bell and shelving filters. Unique ability to combine cut filters for unusual filtering responses.