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New Gear: December 2016 - EMusician

New Gear: December 2016

Products from MOTU, Waves, MXL, and Native Instruments
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MOTU

ULTRALITE-MK4
Hi-speed USB 2.0 audio interface
$595

HIGHLIGHTS 18-in/22-out in a halfrack chassis • supports sample rates to 192 kHz • pair of front-panel XLR/TRS combo jacks • 6 TRS analog inputs • 8 DC-coupled TRS analog outputs • stereo main outs • digital connections include ADAT, TOSLink, and S/PDIF • MIDI I/O • new mixer and double the amount of processing over mk3 model • wireless control option • bundled with collection of audio analysis software tools
TARGET MARKET Personal studios, mobile recording
ANALYSIS A significant upgrade offering internal matrix mixing and support for portable devices.

motu.com

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WAVES

ABBEY ROAD VINYL
Audio processing plug-in
$240; $99 intro price; $79 for Abbey Road Bundle owners

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HIGHLIGHTS Models the mastering and vinyl-cutting devices used at Abbey Road Studios • slow-to-stop effect • choose between two types of turntables and three playback cartridges • variable tone-arm positioning • select the sound of an acetate master or factory-pressed record • place a modeled TG12410 mastering console into the signal path • add artifacts such as wow and flutter, surface noise, crackle, and phase distortion
TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, musicians, producers
ANALYSIS A remarkably detailed way to introduce vinyl-related coloration into your productions.

waves.com

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MXL

DX-2
Dual-Capsule Variable Dynamic Mic
$149 Street

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HIGHLIGHTS Dynamic mic with two capsules—one with a hypercardioid pattern, the other with a cardioid pattern • variable onboard control for selecting a blend between the two dynamic elements • frontaddress with a flat face suitable for placing in front of an amplifier • 50Hz to 14kHz frequency response • all-metal body with Mogami wiring inside • includes mic-stand adapter and carrying case
TARGET MARKET Home studios, livesound engineers
ANALYSIS A unique design that allows for variation in tone as well as directivity.

mxlmics.com

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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS

MACHINE JAM
Music production system
$399

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HIGHLIGHTS 8x8 color pad-matrix running with Machine 2.5 software • 8 dual-touch Smart Strips • Notes mode • 8 new Perform FX units • sophisticated pattern creating and multitrack step sequencing • Lock function for storing parameter snapshots • bundled with Komplete 11 Select
TARGET MARKET DJs, producers, musicians
ANALYSIS The streamlined interface is designed for intuitive composing and performance, whether Machine Jam is used on its own or paired with other Machine devices or a Komplete Kontrol S Series keyboard controller.

native-instrument.com