New Gear December 2017

New audio and keyboard equipment
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YAMAHA
GENOS
Keyboard workstation
$6,799

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HIGHLIGHTS FSX semiweighted keyboard action with aftertouch ● 550 styles ● crossfade between two songs (audio and MIDI) ● Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder features ● 1/4"/XLR phantom-powered combo mic input ● record via WIFI using iOS app ● trigger pads ● MIDI Quick recording mode ● optional stand and speaker system ● Songbook+ app for iPad

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, songwriters

ANALYSIS With twice as much AWM2 ROM as the Tyros5, the Genos includes Yamaha CFX and C7 concert grands, new drums, FX voices, and much more.
yamaha.com/genos

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AIR MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
LOOM II
Additive softsynth
$149

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HIGHLIGHTS Expanded to 8 voices ● four new modules ● Spectral Noise section ● two additional Subharmonic Optional Partials ● programmable Morph Pad ● new Wave Parameter options ● choose and combine as many as 34 editable modules ● over 500 customizable presets by Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden ● 350 remastered presets from original version ● requires iLok License Manager or generation 2 and 3 iLok hardware key

TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, game audio and film/TV composers

ANALYSIS A highly anticipated update to an exceptional, modular additive synthesizer.
airmusictech.com

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PRESONUS
QUANTUM 2
Thunderbolt 2 audio/MIDI interface
$699 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 22x24 audio interface ● 24-bit/192kHz ● two mic/line inputs and two mic/instrument ins ● phantom-powered XMAX preamps ● four line outs on balanced 1/4" jacks ● headphone out with level control ● S/PDIF and ADAT Optical I/O ● word clock I/O ● MIDI I/O ● includes PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW ● supports free UC Surface control software

TARGET MARKET Studio and live recording setups

ANALYSIS An updated interface with a slightly smaller profile and the capability of connecting up to four units to build an 80x80 recording/ playback setup.
presonus.com

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IZOTOPE
OZONE 8 ADVANCED & NEUTRON 2 ADVANCED (O8N2)
Mixing and mastering plug-ins
$699

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HIGHLIGHTS Tonal Balance Control plug-in allows Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 to communicate with each other ● Ozone 8 Advanced adds Spectral Shaper module, Master Assistant for creating presets, and three new modes in the Maximizer—IRC, Learn Threshold, Transient/Sustain Stereo Independence ● Neutron 2 Advance adds improved Track Assistant, Visual Mixer, Gate with Hysteresis, and True Peak Limiter

TARGET MARKET Recording, mixing and mastering engineers

ANALYSIS O8N2 is a powerful bundle for the money; upgrade pricing available for owners of earlier versions.
izotope.com

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ICONNECTIVITY
PLAYAUDIO12
Live playback interface
$499 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Control and play combinations of software instruments and prerecorded tracks ● 10 balanced 1/4" outputs ● 24-bit/96kHz converters ● MIDI Ethernet connector ● USB ports to connect two computers ● manual and automatic computer switching ● connect MIDI peripherals ● headphone output ● capacitive touch controls and LED indicators ● Control In footswitch input ● Control Output for connecting additional PlayAudio12s

TARGET MARKET Performers using multiple computers and MIDI controllers

ANALYSIS Designed for performance, the PlayAudio12 can automatically switch to a redundant computer if the first computer fails.
iconnectivity.com

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ANTELOPE AUDIO
DISCRETE 8
Mic preamp and audio interface
$1,895 to $2,995, depending on options

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HIGHLIGHTS 26x32 Thunderbolt and USB audio interface ● real-time FPGA DSP provides amp and effects and mic models ● 8 analog XLR/1/4" inputs ● stereo monitor outputs ● reamp outs ● 8 line outs on DSub connector ● built-in talkback mic controllable by button, footswitch, EasyPanel software or iOS app ● word clock I/O ● S/PDIF and ADAT digital I/O ● available bundled with Edge and Verge modeling microphones

TARGET MARKET Professional and personal studios

ANALYSIS Useful as an 8-channel studio expansion pack or as a pro-level starter setup.
antelopeaudio.com

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M-AUDIO
UBER MIC
USB stereo microphone
$99

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HIGHLIGHTS 16-bit/48kHz resolution ● large-diaphragm, 3-capsule condenser mic ● 30Hz-20kHz frequency response ● headphone output and zero-latency monitoring ● 4 polar patterns—single-point stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-8 ● LCD shows selected control level and polar pattern ● mic-mute button ● integrated desktop stand ● can also be mounted on traditional desktop-or floor-stand

TARGET MARKET home recordists, podcasters

ANALYSIS A bargain price for a USB mic that offers four polar patterns, one of which is stereo.
m-audio.com

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FLUX : :
SPAT REVOLUTION
3-D audio mixing engine
$1,790

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HIGHLIGHTS Supports any number of channels—stereo, quad, 5.1, 7.1, Atmos, Auro 3D, binaural, Ambisonic, etc. ● multiple formats can be mixed and rendered into new formats simultaneously ● AAX, AU, VST ● sample rates to 384kHz ● time alignment and gain compensation for loudspeakers ● external control via OSC ● low CPU consumption

TARGET MARKET Sound designers, recording and mix engineers

ANALYSIS Developed with IRCAM, this pro-level plug-in provides a wealth of tools for re-spatializing and adding reverberation in three dimensions within any digital audio format.
fluxhome.com