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.
BLACK LION AUDIO
MICRO CLOCK MK3
Word clock generator
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.
THE BOB MOOG FOUNDATION ENCORE SOUNDBANK
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.
Phantom-powered ribbon microphone
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.
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.
WI DIGITAL SYSTEMS
Wireless digital audio system
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.
Virtual analog drum machine
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.
STUDIO ONE 3
Digital audio workstation
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.