New Gear: February 2017

Products from Arturia, Universal Audio, PSP, and more
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ARTURIA

MINILAB MK II
Keyboard controller
$119

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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.
arturia.com

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO

API 2500 BUS COMPRESSOR
Plug-in for UAD-2
$299

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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.
uaudio.com

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HEAVYOCITY

PUNISH
Effects plug-in
$249

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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.
heavyocity.com

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KRK

V SERIES 4
Studio monitors
$399, $599, $799 each

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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.
krksys.com

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1010MUSIC

BITBOX
Eurorack sampling module
$599

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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.
1010music.com

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VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY

SOLO VIOLIN 2/ SOLO CELLO 2
Sample libraries
$185 each

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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.
ilio.com

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ELEKTRON

ANALOG DRIVE
Distortion effect
$379

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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.
elektron.se

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PSP

STOMPFILTER
Effect plug-in
$69

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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.
pspaudioware.com