New Gear: August 2014 - EMusician

New Gear: August 2014

Debuts From IK Multimedia, Antares, Samson, Spitfire, and More
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Monoplugs
B-Step Sequencer
Software step-sequencer; VST, standalone, and iPad
$16.99
HIGHLIGHTS 16th-note resolution • 4 tracks • 16 bars, with pattern auto-chaining • 5x6 chords per project • duration, velocity, octave, chord, and repeat controls on each step • supports up to two Novation Launchpads • Core MIDI, virtual MIDI ports, and Network MIDI • MIDI learn mode • use as master clock (up to 400 bpm) or sync to external clock
TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers
ANALYSIS An easy-to-use interface designed for live performance
b-step.monoplugs.com

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Future Retro
Zillion
Algorithmic MIDI sequencer
$300
HIGHLIGHTS
Based on the early ’70s Triadex Music algorithmic sequencer/synth • uses 32-bit shift register, which can be the source for Melody, Rhythm, Velocity, and Theme modes • Swing, Direction, and Loop modes • stores 99 scales • MIDI In, Out, Thru • internal sync or to MIDI Clock • saves the parameter settings of most recent session • includes universal power supply
TARGET MARKET Composers, performers, producers who enjoy adventurous music
ANALYSIS The perfect device for creating endlessly changing melodies and rhythms.
future-retro.com

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IK Multimedia
iRing
Motion-control system for iOS
$24.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Package includes a pair of double-sided ring controllers that enable your iDevice’s camera to detect their position in space and translate that information into MIDI data • includes two free iOS apps: iRing Music Maker provides loops, bass, and lead synths; iRing FX/Controller processes external sources running through your iDevice • control up to 6 effects parameters at a time
TARGET MARKET Musicians and DJs
ANALYSIS An inexpensive way to add real-time, 3D control over software instruments and effects.
ikmultimedia.com

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Expert Sleepers
ESX-8MD
Eurorack MIDI module
$155
HIGHLIGHTS
Expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40, and ES-5 that adds eight MIDI or DINsync outputs on one panel, with sample-accurate timing • supports any MIDI message, including MIDI clock • MIDI Out works with sampling rates of 48 kHz and higher and Silent Way software • 10HP panel width
TARGET MARKET Musicians who want to integrate a DAW with their modular synthesizer and outboard MIDI gear
ANALYSIS The module packs a lot of power behind a single panel.
expert-sleepers.co.uk

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Antares
Auto-Tune EFX 3
Pitch-correction software
$129
HIGHLIGHTS
Powered by the same audio engine as Auto-Tune 7 • retune speed control • Humanize function for realistic sounding pitch correction • auto-motion pattern generator with user customization capabilities • 64- bit AAX Native, Audio Units, VST • customizable scales • accepts DAW automation for control • upgrade paths available from Auto-Tune EFX 2 32-bit and 64- bit, as well as original Auto-Tune EFX
TARGET MARKET Producers, engineers, musicians
ANALYSIS An affordable way to get state-of-the-art Antares pitch correction.
antarestech.com

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Samson
C01U Pro
USB condenser microphone
$79.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Hypercardioid polar pattern • 0.75" diaphragm • 16-bit at 44.1 and 48kHz resolution • front-facing headphone output for zero-latency monitoring • Mac/Win/iOS powered • cables included • die-cast metal body • LED peak indicator • includes tripod stand and swivel mount
TARGET MARKET Podcasting, Internet communication, home recording
ANALYSIS Samson has improved the signal-to-noise specs of its popular USB microphone.
samsontech.com

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iGnonn
ST-1 Striker
MIDI-controlled electromechanical actuator
$595
HIGHLIGHTS
Actuator receives MIDI data and plays acoustic percussion instruments using a drum stick or mallet • powered by velocity-sensitive CB-2 ($295) controller board and USB MIDI interface • includes set-up program for assigning MIDI note and channel numbers
TARGET MARKET Composers, sound artists, experimental musicians
ANALYSIS An interesting percussion controller for DIY types that would be fun to use with programs such as Cycling 74 Max/MSP or Native Instruments Reaktor.
ignonn.com

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iThirtySeven
iPro.DJSampler
DJ app for iPad
Free
HIGHLIGHTS
16 trigger pads display sample names • x/y pad for controlling effects • 8 effects buttons • 5 playback styles • pad editor • tempo keypad • 16 free samples including loops, sound effects and vocals • 8 free effects including reverb, delay, filters • additional effects, time stretching, and the ability to load WAV and mp3 files available as in-app purchases
TARGET MARKET DJs, producers, musicians
ANALYSIS The intuitive interface and included content make this free app a no-brainer download.
ithirtyseven.com

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sE Microphones
X1T
Tube condenser microphone
$TBA
HIGHLIGHTS
Cardioid pattern • 20Hz–20kHz frequency range • 135dB dynamic range • lowcut switch • -10dB pad • includes mic clip and power supply • 3-year Zero Downtime Free Replacement warranty
TARGET MARKET Engineers and musicians who record at home
ANALYSIS In addition to covering vocals, the X1T was designed for use on acoustic string instruments, piano, and percussion.
seelectronics.com

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Focusrite
Saffire Pro 26
Digital audio interface
$349.99 street
HIGHLIGHTS
FireWire 800 • supports Thunderbolt using an adapter (not included) • 18 inputs • 8 outputs • 4 mic preamps with XLR/TRS combo jacks • 2 additional TRS rear-panel line inputs • 2 front-panel instrument/line inputs • 2 headphone outs with separate volume controls • 24-bit, 96kHz resolution • S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, and ADAT Lightpipe input • FireWire bus powered
TARGET MARKET Studio and mobile recording
ANALYSIS An affordable and portable way to get four Focusrite mic preamps and plenty of I/O.
focusrite.com

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CAD
MH-320
Studio headphones
$109
HIGHLIGHTS
Closed-back, circumaural design with 45mm neodymium drivers • soft leather earpads with high-density memory foam • 10Hz–26kHz frequency response
TARGET MARKET Musicians, educational facilities, project studios
ANALYSIS Designed for use when tracking, editing, or auditioning mixes.
cadaudio.com

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Spitfire Audio
Kitchenware—Glass
Sound library for Kontakt 4 and 5
$112
HIGHLIGHTS
A collection of glass and enamelware played with a variety of beaters and performance techniques (hitting, bowing, rubbing), with and without water in the vessels • 10.7GB of WAV files • more than 12,000 samples; 5 round-robin samples per instrument • chromatically tuned instruments • includes Ostinatum pattern-builder software
TARGET MARKET Sound designers, film and game composers
ANALYSIS A complimentary addition to Spitfire Producer Portfolio’s Kitchenware—Metals library.
spitfireaudio.com

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Sample Logic
Arpology
Step sequencer/arpeggiator for Kontakt 5.3 Player
$399.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Step Animator combines step-sequencer and arpeggiator functionality • each step is highly configurable • 150 presets • real-time automation and multiscript macros • LFO and pitch control • triggers with 48 effect chains • additive synth engine • randomization feature • TouchOSC control for iPad • 5.25GB sample library; 550 instruments and multis • 24-bit, 44.1kHz resolution
TARGET MARKET Composers, DJs, producers, performers
ANALYSIS A sophisticated controller with a well-organized user interface designed for creating rhythmically complex music.
samplelogic.com

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Sennheiser
MK8
Multipattern condenser microphone
$TBA
HIGHLIGHTS
Five polar patterns: omni, wide-cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, figure-8 • 1" dual-diaphragm capsule • 20Hz– 20kHz frequency range • pad (-10 dB, -20 dB) • lowcut switch (-18dB/octave, 60 Hz; -6 dB/ octave, 100 Hz) • handles SPLs up to 140 dB (when pad is off ) • 130dB dynamic range • includes mic clip and storage pouch
TARGET MARKET Engineers and musicians recording at home
ANALYSIS Built to last, this mic can handle a wide variety of studio chores thanks to its many polar patterns, pad, and highpass filter.
sennheiserusa.com

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PreSonus
Monitor Station V2
Desktop monitor/headphone controller
$299 street
HIGHLIGHTS
Analog input: 2 pairs of 1/4" TRS; 1 pair of RCA inputs; unbalanced 1/8" TRS • 3 pairs of 1/4" TRS speaker outputs with trim • 1/4" TRS Main and Cue outputs • 4 headphone jacks with level controls and Source buttons • built-in talkback mic • mono, mute, and variable-level dim buttons • S/PDIF digital input
TARGET MARKET Personal studios
ANALYSIS A significant update that adds 1/8" analog and S/PDIF digital input and simplifies the user interface.
presonus.com

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Universal Audio
UAD Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection
Plug-in for UAD platform
$299
HIGHLIGHTS
Models the full Class A transformer/transistor circuit path of the 1073—preamp, EQ, and output amplifier, including clipping and nonlinear behavior • 3-band EQ and passive highpass filter • mic, line, and high-impedance instrument input settings • supports Unison technology when used with Apollo audio interfaces
TARGET MARKET Musicians and engineers with UAD gear
ANALYSIS Designed to provide the most accurate re-creation of this classic preamp/EQ, while adding emulation in hardware via Unison for Apollo owners.
uaudio.com

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