MINILAB MK II
HIGHLIGHTS 2-octave USB/iOS controller with velocity-sensitive keyboard • 8 RGB-backlit pads • 16 knobs (two of which are clickable) • touch-strips for pitch bend and modulation • octave up/down buttons • comes with Analog Lab Lite and hundreds of presets from V Collection 5 • sustain pedal input • Ableton Live Lite and UVI Grand Piano Model D software included
TARGET MARKET Beat producers, musicians, composers
ANALYSIS A low-cost, portable controller that’s bundled with a killer set of virtual instruments.
API 2500 BUS COMPRESSOR
Plug-in for UAD-2
HIGHLIGHTS Stereo plug-in modeled after API’s classic dynamics processor • adjustable knee • two styles of compression • new parallel processing capabilities • added Headroom control • Thrust sidechain filter • adjustable stereo linking • three filter choices—highpass, lowpass, bandpass • includes presets created by Vance Powell, Ryan Hewitt, Adam Hawkins, and Jeff Balding
TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers; all UAD-2 users
ANALYSIS An affordable way to add realistic API-style compression to stereo and mono tracks.
HIGHLIGHTS Compression, limiting, saturation, EQ, and transient shaping based on a custom analog signal-chain used by Heavyocity • includes the Punish macro control • three types of compression—Console, Modern, Classic • three kinds of saturation—Vintage, Modern, Tube • position the EQ before or after the compressor • input and output level controls • wet/dry Mix knob • VST, AU, AAX • 10-day trial version available
TARGET MARKET Musicians, media composers
ANALYSIS Dynamics processing that can inject plenty of attitude into your music.
V SERIES 4
$399, $599, $799 each
HIGHLIGHTS Available with 4", 6", and 8" woven Kevlar woofer • bi-amped with Class D amplification—85W, 155W, 230W, respectively • Kevlar tweeter • front-ported bass-reflex enclosure with foam pad on the bottom • 48 EQ choices (low, mid, and high frequencies) for matching the monitor’s response to the studio environment • input-level attenuation switch • Neutrik XLR/TRS combo jacks
TARGET MARKET Recording studios, broadcast facilities, educational facilities
ANALYSIS A significant update to a popular studio monitor.
Eurorack sampling module
HIGHLIGHTS Samples stereo or mono audio input (24-bit/48kHz) to internal memory or microSD card using a touch-screen interface • trigger 16 samples simultaneously from internal memory using touchscreen, MIDI, or CV/gate inputs • one-shot, toggle, gate, and repeat modes • sync to analog or MIDI clock • save/recall 12 banks • two mono effects sends • CV control over sample parameters • import/export WAV files
TARGET MARKET Composers and performers
ANALYSIS With its app-like interface, Bitbox provides an intuitive way to capture and play audio in a modular-synth way.
VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY
SOLO VIOLIN 2/ SOLO CELLO 2
HIGHLIGHTS Solo string sample libraries of violinist Dimitrie J. Leivici and cellist Florian Eggner • available individually • sustained tones with and without vibrato • pizzicato • legato and portamento performances • staccato repetitions at various speeds • crescendos and diminuendos of different lengths • trills in four different intervals • AU, AAX, RTAS, and VST supported
TARGET MARKET Composers, musicians
ANALYSIS Well-crafted, solo-string virtual instruments that can be used on their own or to augment other VSL products, such as the Solo Strings 1 collection.
HIGHLIGHTS Fully analog signal path with 8 types of distortion • 3-band EQ with sweepable mid band • two expression-pedal inputs that can also accept control voltages • MIDI I/O • pedal can send MIDI Program Change messages • 100 user presets • power supply included • 3-year warranty
TARGET MARKET guitarists playing onstage or in the studio
ANALYSIS Offers a range of tones from clean boost to high gain and “harmonic fuzz,” with convenient control capabilities via MIDI.
HIGHLIGHTS Modulated filter and gain effects for Audio Unit, VST, RTAS, and AAX hosts • tempo sync • lowpass, bandpass, and highpass filtering with resonance • auto-wah • LFO randomization • compression, limiting, and soft saturation • cross-modulate the LFO with the envelope • modulation freeze button • selectable signal routing • separate wet and dry output controls
TARGET MARKET Beat producers, musicians, mix engineers
ANALYSIS A dynamic, resonant filter with features that make it suitable for electronic dance tracks as well as tempo-related processing.