New Gear: January 2015

Debuts From Neumann, Waves, Simmons, iZotope and more
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NEUMANN

U47 FET
Condenser microphone
$3,999.95

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HIGHLIGHTS K47 capsule with double large diaphragm • cardioid pattern • 40Hz to 16kHz frequency range • features slight boost above 2 kHz • -10dB lowcut filter at 140 Hz • -6dB pad • 137dB max SPL • comes in a wooden case with serial number certificate

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers

ANALYSIS Reissue of a classic studio mic with great attention to detail.
u47fet.neumann.com

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WAVES
CODEX
Native software wavetable synth
$200

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HIGHLIGHTS Granular, polyphonic wavetable synthesizer • progressive wavetable scanning • subtractive synthesis features • two oscillators • arpeggiator • 16-step sequencer • formant control • effects include delay, reverb, chorus, bit crusher, and distortion • modulation matrix • standalone and plug-in versions included

TARGET MARKET Composers and musicians

ANALYSIS A highly configurable softsynth that allows you to import your own samples and wavetables.
waves.com

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AEA
N8
Active ribbon microphone
$1,098 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Phantom-powered ribbon microphone with figure-8 pattern • designed to work with any mic preamp • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range • matte black color keeps it discreet in film and video applications • completely made in Pasadena, California

TARGET MARKET Engineers and musicians

ANALYSIS Utilizing the aluminum Big Ribbon from its R44 mic, AEA designed the N8 to work well on instruments such as bowed strings and for use as a room mic or drum overhead.
ribbonmics.com

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SIMMONS
SD500
Electronic drum kit
$499.99

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HIGHLIGHTS 5-pad kit with 9"dual-zone snare, three 8" toms, kick pad with integrated pedal, hi-hat pad and pedal, 12" ride, and 10" chokable crash • SD500 sound module offers USB MIDI, 64-voice polyphony, and 50 drum kits built from 350 sounds • round-robin playback of snare and ride samples • 1/8" TRS stereo audio input

TARGET MARKET Rehearsal, studio, education, houses of worship

ANALYSIS An entry-level kit that offers a number of pro-level features.
simmonsdrums.net

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AUDIO-TECHNICA
AT5045
Cardioid condenser microphone
$1,399

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HIGHLIGHTS Large-diaphragm, side-address, electret condenser with rectangular element • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response • handles up to 149dB SPL • 141dB dynamic range • internal shockmount around capsule • includes isolation clamp, windscreen, and hardshell case • available as a stereo pair (AT5045P; $2,499)

TARGET MARKET Professional and personal studios

ANALYSIS Featuring a quick transient response and low-noise electronics, the AT5045 was designed for recording acoustic instruments and use as drum overheads.
audio-technica.com

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KEITH MCMILLEN INSTRUMENTS
K-BOARD SMART KEYBOARD
USB MIDI keyboard controller
$99

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HIGHLIGHTS 25 keys that react to velocity, pressure, and tilt • pitch-bend pad • buttons for selecting octave, sustain, and preset • unbreakable • backlit keys • USB-bus powered • works with iOS devices when paired with Camera Connection Kit • available exclusively at Guitar Center

TARGET MARKET Musicians

ANALYSIS Includes many of the outstanding performance features of the KMI QuNexus, but without the CV I/O and Mini-USB Expander port.
keithmcmillen.com

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TASCAM
US-16X08
USB audio/MIDI interface for Mac, Win, and iPad
$299.99 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, 96kHz interface with 16 audio inputs • 8 Ultra-HDDA mic preamps with 56dB gain range • 2 front-panel instrument inputs • 8 1/4" TRS line inputs and line outputs • DSP mixer with compression, 4-band EQ, and a reverb send on each channel • USB2.0 High Speed port • standard MIDI I/O • standalone mode provides independent use of the mic preamps

TARGET MARKET Musicians and personal studios

ANALYSIS Rugged design for use in studios as well as at gigs.
tascam.com

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IZOTOPE
OZONE 6

Mastering software
$249; Ozone 6 Advanced $999

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HIGHLIGHTS Includes maximizer, stereo imager, dither, EQ and dynamics processing • dynamic EQ and insight metering tools available in Advanced version • exciter for adding harmonic content • standalone and plug-in versions • standalone app can host VST and AU plug-ins • redesigned GUI

TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers, musicians

ANALYSIS In addition to providing essential mastering tools, this impressive update provides DSP effects that can be used creatively before and during a mix.
izotope.com

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M-AUDIO
OXYGEN

USB MIDI keyboard controllers
$119-$229

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HIGHLIGHTS Available with 25, 49, and 61 keys • USB MIDI • eight velocity-sensitive trigger pads (larger models include 9 assignable faders) • transport controls • LCD screen • Directlink automatically maps the controls to your DAW • USB bus powered • bundled with Ableton Live Lite, Sonivox Twist, and AIR Music Technology Xpand!2

TARGET MARKET Composers and musicians

ANALYSIS A redesign of the Oxygen line that provides the modern conveniences needed for studio and stage work.
m-audio.com

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APOGEE
ENSEMBLE
30x34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac OS X
$2,495

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, 192kHz Apogee converters • 8 mic preamps with 75 dB of gain and stepped gain controls • 16 analog outputs • frontpanel, instrument-level jacks with Class A JFET inputs and outputs for reamping • internal/external talkback mic capabilities • speaker selection switches • buttons for Mute, Dim, and sum-to-mono • works with OS X Yosemite

TARGET MARKET Musicians and personal studios

ANALYSIS Designed to work with any DAW supporting Core Audio on Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers.
apogeedigital.com

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ELECTRO-HARMONIX
PITCH FORK

Polyphonic pitch shift/harmony pedal
$174.66

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HIGHLIGHTS Adds harmonies • Dual mode provides two harmony notes, including above and below input • intervals range from minor 2nd to 3 octaves • Detune mode • footswitch provides Latch and Momentary modes • expression pedal input for controlling pitch • runs on batteries or included power supply

TARGET MARKET Guitarists

ANALYSIS When used with an expression pedal, Pitch Fork provides automatic glissando effects when you take it out of bypass mode.
ehx.com

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MACKIE
MIX5, MIX8, AND MIX12FX

Small-format mixers
$69-$159

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HIGHLIGHTS 5-, 8-, and 12-channel mixers with all-metal chassis • 1/4" and RCA I/O • phantom-powered mic inputs • EQ on each channel • the Mix12FX includes a 60mm Main output fader and 12 digital effects, such as delay, reverb, and chorus • stereo headphone jack with dedicated volume control

TARGET MARKET Musicians onstage and in the studio

ANALYSIS Affordable mixers that don’t take up much space yet offer plenty of I/O for their size.
mix.mackie.com

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EISENBERG
VIER

Software synthesizer (Mac/Win)
$99

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HIGHLIGHTS Software emulation of the Doepfer MS-404 analog synth • four rack-modules in one instrument • audio-range modulation using anti-aliasing oscillators • parameter linking • voice management capabilities • AU, VST, RTAS, AAX • free trial version available

TARGET MARKET Musicians, producers, and composers

ANALYSIS With four synth modules on the screen and a host of macro controls, Vier is more than a oneto- one virtual version of Doepfer’s mono rack-synth.
eisenberg-audio.de

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NUMARK
NDX500

DJ media player/controller
$249 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Software DJ controller • play music from CD, mp3 CD, and USB flash drive • USB audio interface for music playback from your computer • touch-sensitive scratch and search wheel • autobpm and tap-override features • three hot cues • vinyl-style braking • pitch change up to 100% in either direction • anti-shock, buffered skip protection

TARGET MARKET DJs and beat producers

ANALYSIS Grab and play music from common digital sources while using modern scratching features.
numark.com

15
AKG
P220

Condenser microphone
$149 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Large-diaphragm, cardioid condenser mic • side address • -20dB pad • lowcut switch: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range • includes shockmount and aluminum case • part of AKG’s Project Studio mic line that also includes the P120 ($99 street), P170 ($79 street), P420 multipattern large-diaphragm mic ($199 street), and P820 largediaphragm tube mic ($699 street)

TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers

ANALYSIS A re-fresh of AKG’s entrylevel studio mics.
akg.com

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Shure
PSM 300

Stereo Personal Monitoring System
$699

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, digital, stereo system operating on 24MHz frequency bands • wireless coverage to 300' • entry-level P3TR112GR system includes SE112 Sound Isolating earphones and MixMode to create a personalized mix • P3TRA215CL pro system includes SE215 Sound Isolating earphones and P3RA bodypack receiver with adjustable limiter and EQ • supports 15 channels per frequency band

TARGET MARKET Touring musicians, houses of worship

ANALYSIS An affordable wireless system designed to be easy to set up and use.
shure.com

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MOTU
24AI AND 24AO

Digital audio interfaces
$995 each

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, 192kHz • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed • 24 channels of balanced analog input (24Ai) or output (24Ao) • 48 channels of digital audio • 48-channel digital mixer with routing matrix and splitting • wireless standalone mixing • Web-app control • 32-bit floating-point DSP effects • ADAT and Word Clock I/O

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, professional and personal studios

ANALYSIS A convenient way to get 24 channels of high-quality analog I/O, and plenty of digital I/O, in just 2RU.
motu.com

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ANTELOPE AUDIO
PURE2

2-channel digital converter and clock
$2,195

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, 192kHz A/D and D/A converter • master clock source with AFC jitter management system • 2 XLR and balanced 1/4" inputs • XLR outputs • 8 Word Clock output jacks • S/PDIF, Toslink, USB, and AES/EBU digital I/O • headphone output with dedicated D/A converter • relay-based analog volume control • stores user presets

TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering studios

ANALYSIS Antelope Audio has put its respected converter and clocking technology into a smaller, more affordable format.
antelopeaudio.com

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AVID
PRO TOOLS | DUET AND PRO TOOLS | QUARTET

USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces for Mac/Win
$1,099 and $1,899 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit, 192kHz resolution • USB MIDI • Duet features 2 mic/ instrument inputs and 2 balanced 1/4" outputs; Quartet has 4 mic/line/ instrument inputs and 6 balanced 1/4" outputs • Quartet adds 8 channels of digital input via ADAT/SMUX and speaker selection • buttons for mute, dim, mono sum

TARGET MARKET Musicians, personal studios, educational facilities

ANALYSIS Two Apogee-designed interfaces are now Windows compatible and come bundled with Avid Pro Tools 11.
avid.com

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ROLAND
HS-5 SESSION MIXER

Headphone mixer
$599 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Supports 5 inputs (linelevel, instrument-level, and XLR) • provides 5 stereo headphone outputs, each with its own mix • built-in COSM amp modeling and effects • USB port for capturing stereo mixes to a flash drive or sending tracks to a computer DAW • 1/4" and 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs • metronome with tap tempo • saves setups to flash drive

TARGET MARKET Musicians, educational facilities

ANALYSIS A convenient way to rehearse with headphones and record the results.
rolandus.com