New Gear, December 2015

New products from Roland, Yamaha, Roli, and more
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YAMAHA
VOCALOID 4
Voice synthesizer
$130

HIGHLIGHTS Cyber Diva female voice library sings in American English • input words and melodies to create authentic-sounding vocal parts • Growl Expression parameter adds harsher tone • use the Windows-based Vocaloid4 Editor or Vocaloid Editor for Cubase to compose and synthesize the voices from the data library; offers cross synthesis, pitch render, and other features

TARGET MARKET Producers, composers, musicians

ANALYSIS State-of-the-art virtual-voice technology for creating realistic-sounding female singing parts.

vocaloid.com/us

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ROLAND BOUTIQUE SERIES
Analog-modeled synth modules
$299-$399

HIGHLIGHTS Three limited-edition modules—JP-06, JU-06, JX-03—that re-create the classic tones and programming interfaces of vintage Jupiter 3, Juno-106, and JX-3P synths • use as tabletop MIDI devices or mount in the K-25m keyboard ($99) • dual ribbon controllers • step sequencer • builtin speakers• MIDI I/O • USB or battery power

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TARGET MARKET Musicians, producers, DJs

ANALYSIS Affordable and desktop-friendly ways to add classic Roland synth sounds to your music.

roland.com

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NOVATION
CIRCUIT
Grid-based groove box
$329

HIGHLIGHTS Combines two Nova synthesizers (6-note polyphony each) with 4-part drum machine • 4x8 velocity-sensitive grid sequencer with 3-color buttons • built-in effects including sidechain • controls for pitch, decay, distortion, and EQ • stereo outputs • builtin speaker • headphone output • USB and MIDI I/O • powered by batteries or USB • includes Ableton Live 9 Lite software

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TARGET MARKET Producers, DJs, musicians

ANALYSIS A portable and inexpensive, yet powerful beat creator and polyphonic synth with onboard controls for easy programming and editing.

us.novationmusic.com

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SPITFIRE
BML310 MURAL SYMPHONIC STRINGS VOL. 3
String sample library
£399 (about $600)

HIGHLIGHTS Orchestral strings recorded to tape with ribbon mics through Neve preamps and converted to 24-bit/96kHz files for use in Native Instruments Kontakt • includes 92.5GB of uncompressed WAV files • provides a wide variety of bowed and plucked articulations • Ostinatum pattern creation feature

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TARGET MARKET Composers, musicians, performers

ANALYSIS A large resource of orchestral string sounds for use as a standalone library or combined with Mural Symphonic Strings volumes 1 and 2.

spitfireaudio.com