New Gear: December 2014

Debuts From Tascam, Universal Audio, PreSonus, Boss, and more
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TASCAM
DR-44WL
4-track portable digital recorder
$299.99

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HIGHLIGHTS Two phantom-powered XLR mic inputs • built-in stereo condenser mics • transport control, audio streaming, and file transfer to your smartphone or computer via wi-fi • multitrack mode to record one track at a time with reverb • dual-recording mode • hot-shoe mount for use with camera • simultaneous WAV (24-bit/96kHz) and MP3 recording

TARGET MARKET Musicians and videographers

ANALYSIS This portable recorder combines modern recording and transfer convenience with updated mics and preamp technology.

tascam.com

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO
UAD-2 SATELLITE THUNDERBOLT
DSP accelerator
$999-$5,999

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HIGHLIGHTS Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins using Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 ports • five configurations available, with 4 (Quad) or 8 (Octo) SHARC processors • bundled with Analog Classics Plus plug-ins; Custom and Ultimate configurations include additional plug-ins • dual Thunderbolt 2 ports

TARGET MARKET Musicians and recording engineers

ANALYSIS For Mac users, this provides modern, fast connectivity with the ability to use other UAD-2 devices (UAD-2 Satellite Firewire, Apollo) simultaneously.

uaudio.com

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PRESONUS
STUDIOLIVE RM16AI AND RM32AI
Rackmountable digital mixers
$1,399-$1,999

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HIGHLIGHTS 16-input/3U and 32-input/4U digital mixers with PreSonus StudioLive AI engine • supports UC Surface control software • XMAX Class A mic preamps • Fat Channel DSP on all input channels and buses • Wi-fi and Ethernet networking • Capture recording software integration • includes Studio One Artist DAW software • RCA tape inputs

TARGET MARKET Live sound mixing and studio recording

ANALYSIS PreSonus’ highly flexible and robust AI-series mixer technology is now in a portable, road-ready rackable format.

presonus.com

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BOSS
RC-1 LOOP STATION
Looping pedal
$129 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Up to 12 minutes of looping time • circular LED loop indicator • stereo audio I/O • features include record, overdub, undo/redo, and clear • stores last loop when powered down • accepts FS-7 footswitch (not included) for additional control • can be powered by AC adapter (not included) or 9V battery

TARGET MARKET Musicians using mono or stereo instruments

ANALYSIS Many of the famous Boss looping features now available in a small, but rugged pedalboard-friendly package.

bossus.com

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KORG
ELECTRIBE MUSIC PRODUCTION STATION
Groove box
$399.99

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HIGHLIGHTS PCM and analog modeling sound engines • step sequencer • 16 velocity-sensitive pads • KAOSS-style x/y controller • MIDI and sync I/O • Export parts as WAV files • export entire patterns as an .ALS file for use in Ableton Live

TARGET MARKET Producers and musicians working in modern dance music genres

ANALYSIS The Electribe has been modernized with performance features borrowed from Korg’s kaossilator, Taktile, and KingKorg, and is optimized to easily integrate with Live.

korg.com

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ELECTRO-HARMONIX
CLOCKWORKS
Trigger clock source
$293.73

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HIGHLIGHTS Re-issue of the ’70s-era, analog clocking pedal for synths and drum machines • provides four channels, each with level and division controls, derived from the same clock source • can be used as the master clock or accept external trigger signals • die-cast housing • AC adapter included

TARGET MARKET Beat producers and owners of hardware synths and drum machines

ANALYSIS A straightforward and intuitive way to setup up polyrhythmic patterns across your various instruments.

ehx.com

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FOCUSRITE
ITRACK POCKET
iPhone audio interface
$99.99 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Designed to capture high-quality sound while you shoot video with your iPhone • holds phone at optimal angle for video capture • stereo microphones • guitar input • record audio, apply mastering effects, edit video, and upload directly to YouTube using the free Impact by Focusrite app •

TARGET MARKET Musicians and songwriters

ANALYSIS With the free recording/editing app, the iTrack Pocket provides a convenient way to get increased audio quality for iPhone-based videos.

focusrite.com

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Novation
Audiohub 2x4
Audio interface/USB 2.0 hub
$199.99 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Portable and lightweight • 24-bit/96kHz resolution using Focusrite technology under the hood • stereo RCA inputs with level switch • two stereo pairs of RCA outputs • balanced 1/4" outputs • three USB ports that can bus-power other devices • includes Ableton Live Lite and 1 GB of Loopmasters sample content

TARGET MARKET Musicians, DJs, beat producers

ANALYSIS A relatively low-cost and convenient way to interconnect your USB-based controllers and audio gear.

novationmusic.com