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New Gear: August 2015 - EMusician

New Gear: August 2015

Products from MOTU, Black Lion Audio, Royer, and More
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EASTWEST
COMPOSER CLOUD
Virtual instrument/sound library service
$29.99-$49.99 per month

HIGHLIGHTS Thousands of virtual instruments and sounds can be accessed through a cloud-based subscription • all major DAWs supported • $29.99 level provides choice of seven instrument collections plus an additional collection for free every quarter • $49.99 gives access to the entire catalog of instruments and sounds • exclusive content is promised for the future

TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, producers

ANALYSIS An affordable way to use EastWest’s high-quality virtual instruments and sound libraries.

composercloud.net

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BLACK LION AUDIO

MICRO CLOCK MK3
Word clock generator
$999

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HIGHLIGHTS Low-jitter crystal oscillators • supports clocking frequencies from 44.1 to 384kHz • six BNC outputs with individual drivers for isolation • XLR (AES), coaxial and optical (S/ PDIF) outputs • improvements in signal division, noise filtration, and transformer isolation over the previous version • 1RU with removable rack ears • frequency display can be dimmed

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers

ANALYSIS A surprisingly small and aggressively priced way to distribute word-clock to the digital devices in your studio.

blacklionaudio.com

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MOTU

THE BOB MOOG FOUNDATION ENCORE SOUNDBANK
Sound library
$99

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HIGHLIGHTS 2GB library available as a soundbank for the free UVI Workstation virtual instrument player • works in any DAW that supports virtual instruments • sound-design contributors include Suzanne Ciani, Vince Clarke, Edgar Froese, Jordan Rudess, Larry Fast, Al Kooper, Goldfrapp, and more

TARGET MARKET Instrumentalists, composers, sound designers

ANALYSIS A wide-ranging collection of instruments and percussive sounds at an affordable price. All proceeds will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation.

motu.com

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ROYER LABS

R-122 MKII
Phantom-powered ribbon microphone
$1,995

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HIGHLIGHTS Similar to the R-122 but with a switchable -15dB pad and switchable low-cut filter (100Hz, 6db/octave) • 2.5-micron, low-mass aluminum ribbon • because of the offset element design, the front and back of the mic provide differences in SPL handling and timbral quality • lifetime warranty for the original owner as well as the first re-ribbon free

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, musicians

ANALYSIS Useful features added to an already great-sounding microphone.

royerlabs.com

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AUDIFIED

U73B
Compressor plug-in
$149

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HIGHLIGHTS Modeled software version of a classic German tube-based compressor, for Mac and Windows OS • supports Audio Units, VST2, VST3, and AAX • input and output gain controls • limiter mode with soft-knee compression • control over release time • side chain • requires iLok account

TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers

ANALYSIS Designed to provide vintage-sounding dynamics control, the U73b can be used on drums, vocals, guitars, or an entire mix.

audified.com

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WI DIGITAL SYSTEMS

AUDIOLINK PRO
Wireless digital audio system
$199

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HIGHLIGHTS True diversity system that works on the 2.4Ghz band with a direct range of 100' • 16- bit, 48kHz resolution • 3.5mm stereo I/O • compatible with Mac, Windows, and iOS • supports 2-way wireless USB 2.0 audio apps • use with headphones or earbuds for monitoring • transmitter is lightweight enough to be attached to a guitar strap or the performer’s clothing

TARGET MARKET Musicians

ANALYSIS Designed for uses ranging from live performance to silent practicing.

widigitalsystems.com

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SOFTUBE

HEARTBEAT
Virtual analog drum machine
$199

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HIGHLIGHTS Eight instrument channels with individual effects sends • 4-channel Auto Layer Machine for creating chains of events, adding fills, or introducing randomness • includes model of the vintage Dyna-mite dynamics processor • stereo reverb • filter-echo effect with controls for frequency cutoff and resonance • saturation on master output • global controls for velocity and Time Gate

TARGET MARKET Beat producers, DJs, composers ANALYSIS An interesting take on the ’80s drum machine paradigm, with a unique way to add variation to patterns.

softube.com

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PRESONUS

STUDIO ONE 3
Digital audio workstation
$399.95 Professional;
$99.95 Artist

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HIGHLIGHTS New Arranger track • Scratch Pad • FX Chains • two new instruments: Mai Tai polyphonic analog-modeling synth and Presence XT sampler • supports multi-instruments • MIDI Note processing • automation curves • updated time and pitch changing algorithms • step recording • Bitcrusher and Rotor audio effects • support for Mac/PC multitouch displays • controllable from an iPad app • feature-limited Studio One Prime is free

TARGET MARKET Songwriters, composer, engineers

ANALYSIS A remarkably robust DAW with a competitive new feature set, priced for a variety of users.

presonus.com