New Gear: August 2016

New products for musicians and recordists
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Virtual instrument bundle

HIGHLIGHTS Updated instrument package with 7 TAE-based virtual-analog synths, 3 organs, 2 electric pianos, 2 digital synths, a string machine, and an acoustic piano • new instruments include the Farfisa V, Synclavier V, B-3 V, Piano V, and Stage-73 V • supports Native Instruments Native Kontrol Standard • updated GUI supports 4K interface resolution

TARGET MARKET Performers, producers, composers

ANALYSIS A classic software bundle gets an updated browser and interface, plus five new and highly desirable instruments. What’s not to like?



Handheld microphone

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HIGHLIGHTS Dynamic mic with cardioid pattern and built-in Apogee preamp and A/D converter for recording directly to computer or mobile device • shock-mounted capsule • handles SPLs up to 150 dB • includes cables (USB and Apple Lightning), mic clamp, and table stand • feedback rejection • resists cellphone EMI and wind noise • all-metal housing

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers in the field, journalists, podcasters

ANALYSIS Designed specifically for mobile recording of speech and music when portability, convenience, and audio quality are important.



Percussion-based virtual instrument

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HIGHLIGHTS More than 300 tempo-synchronized loops and 11 multisampled, wooden-percussion instruments played by 6-performer ensembles • over 2GB of total content for Native Instruments Kontakt and Kontakt Player 5, with full NKS support • includes Heavyocity’s Loop Mutator, Trigger FX, and Punish • Stage setup for stereo placement • Master Sessions Suite (with Ensemble Drums, Ensemble Metals, and Ethnic Drum Ensembles) is $399 • standalone or plug-in (AU, AAX, DXi, RTAS, VST)

TARGET MARKET Composers, performers, sound designers

ANALYSIS Cinematic percussion for film/TV work and performance.



Rhythmic effects plug-in

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HIGHLIGHTS Modulate up to 152 parameters in real time using 4 rhythm engines with the performance-oriented x/y pad, LFO, step sequencer, or sidechain input • accepts any sound, instrument, or track as input • 300 rhythm presets • Flux and Randomizer • analog-modeled filters • EQ, distortion, delay, compression and reverb • supports AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 • crossgrade available for Output software users

TARGET MARKET Sound designers, musicians, producers, DJs

ANALYSIS Output injects its sophisticated and feature-rich rhythmic aesthetic into a unique effects plug-in.



Beat production environment
$199 ($99 upgrade)

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HIGHLIGHTS Sample-based virtual drum machine and sequencer (pattern or scene) • load samples or sample directly to pad interface • sample layering, looping, slicing, and resampling • filtering and effects • time stretching and pitch shifting via Zynaptiq ZTX • parameter step automation • Song mode • works standalone or as an AAX (64-bit), VST, and AU (32-/64-bit) plug-in • Retina/4K-compatible interface • demo version available

TARGET MARKET Musicians, producers, composers

ANALYSIS A significant upgrade to a software rhythm machine designed for studio and stage use.



Sample-based virtual instrument

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HIGHLIGHTS Based on an 88-key Fender Rhodes Mark I with brass tacks attached to the hammers • 8 velocity levels per note • acoustic and electric sounds available on each interface page—Main, Settings, FX, Voicing—with envelopes, mixer, and effects • samples include sustain, release, and pedal sounds • 8-voice Thorus, Sparkverb, and Dual Delay included • requires UVI Workstation or Falcon

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, composers, producers

ANALYSIS A unique take on a classic electro-acoustic keyboard with surprisingly rich editing capabilities.



Multimode delay plug-in
$99 ($49 upgrade for registered Replika owners)

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HIGHLIGHTS 5 delay modes: Analog, Diffusion, Modern, Tape, Vintage Digital • 7 effects: chorus, filter, flanger, frequency shifter, micro pitcher, phaser, and pitch shifter • separate stereo panning capabilities for the wet and dry signal • ducking effect • custom presets by Richard Devine, Roger Lyons, Marcus Byrne and others • Mac OS X is 64-bit only • 32-and 64-bit on Windows OS • free demo available

TARGET MARKET Producers, DJs, musicians

ANALYSIS Provides a wide range of delays, from clean and precise to hazy and swirly.



ULT12, ULT15, ULT18
Active loudspeakers
$999, $1,099, $1,299 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Powered P.A. speakers with Class D amplification • ULT12 and ULT15 include rotatable Pivot X110 horn, provide 1,300W peak, include direct outputs, and have angled enclosures making them suitable for use as monitor wedges • stereo combo XLR and 1/4" inputs with XMAX mic preamps • ULT18 subwoofer offers 2,000W peak • Baltic birch enclosures, powder-coated steel grille, locking IEC power connector, and switchable front-panel LED

TARGET MARKET Bands, houses of worship, education, performance venues

ANALYSIS Lightweight active speakers for mobile use or install.



Portable 4-track digital recorder

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HIGHLIGHTS Built-in condenser mics in a 120-degree x/y stereo pattern • same mic preamps as in Zoom’s H5 and H6 Handy Recorders • reduced noise floor • two XLR/TRS inputs with locking connectors • +12V and +24V phantom power • mid-side decoder • 3 recording modes • 2-in, 2-out USB audio interface • built-in effects • onboard mono speaker • stereo headphone/line-out jack for use with cameras

TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound for picture, students, teachers

ANALYSIS A significant upgrade that puts Zoom’s latest technologies into one of its most popular recorders.



Vocal effects plug-in

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HIGHLIGHTS Four synth engines—Vocoder, Polyvox (for harmonies and pitch shifting), Compuvox (glitchy and digital sounding), and Talkbox (with Dark, Classic, Bright settings) • engines can be combined • pitch correction • MIDI input • auto mode for adding harmonies, octaves, and unisons • convolution speaker modeling • delay, filtering, beat-repeating, and distortion effects • supports AAX and AudioSuite (64-bit), RTAS and DPM AudioSuite (32-bit), AU, VST2, and VST3

TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers, producers, DJs

ANALYSIS A variety of classic and modern vocal-processing effects in one affordable plug-in.



USB audio interfaces

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HIGHLIGHTS Six models, each with updated mic and instrument preamps offering greater headroom • 24-bit, 192kHz resolution • low latency using USB 3.0 • Scarlett Solo Studio and Scarlett 2i2 Studio include a large-diaphragm condenser (cardioid) microphone, a mic cable, and closed-back studio headphones • metal knobs • bundled with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack software

TARGET MARKET Musicians, producers, students

ANALYSIS Improved specs across the line, with additional features on the larger models, such as MIDI and digital I/O, word clock, and 1/4" outputs.



Voice and acoustic guitar processor
$299 street

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HIGHLIGHTS XLR mic input with preamp and phantom power • stereo XLR and 1/4" outputs • harmony processing with chord/key detection • Acoustic Resonance for improving the sound of piezo pickups • up to 80 seconds of looping • pitch correction • 3-band EQ and lowcut filter • reverb, chorus, octave, and mod-delay effects • guitar tuner • phase switch • stereo aux input • USB interface for capturing performances to computer • additional footswitch inputs • battery or AC power

TARGET MARKET Singer/guitarists

ANALYSIS An all-in-one preamp and effects processor for stage use.