VOLCA SAMPLE OK GO SPECIAL EDITION
HIGHLIGHTS Contains 100 samples from the album Hungry Ghosts • limited edition of 750 units in the U.S.A. with numbered and band-signed certificate • multitouch keyboard with 8-voice polyphony • 16-step sequencer with 10 parts and 10 patterns • 6 songs and 16 sequences • built-in speaker • MIDI In • Sync I/O • headphone jack • runs on batteries or included AC adapter
TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, DJs
ANALYSIS A great (and legal) way to add the unusual pop sounds of OK Go to your own musical projects.
HIGHLIGHTS Hybrid soft synth and sampler • 64-bit standalone or plugin operation • features 15 oscillators and 80 effects (many of which can be used globally or per note) • wide range of filters • IRCAM-designed time stretching and granular playback engines • drag-and-drop modulation assignment • custom script processor • supports MIDI, OSC, and host automation
TARGET MARKET Film composers, sound designers, musicians
ANALYSIS A deep and feature-rich sound design environment that can be as simple or complex as you want.
Analog drum synthesizer
HIGHLIGHTS Percussion synth that can be triggered with the built-in button or from an acoustic trigger using the 1/4" input (no MIDI I/O) • expression pedal/CV input for controlling the filter • audio input for processing external sound through the resonant filter • runs on 9V battery or included power adapter
TARGET MARKET Musicians
ANALYSIS An affordable and portable old-school drum synth that can generate or process sounds. Feed a sequenced pulse to the Ext. Trig input for even more fun.
Mastering software suite
$249; Advanced $499
HIGHLIGHTS A suite of mastering tools that can be used standalone or as a plug-in • Advanced version includes four additional modules (including tape emulation) and Codec Preview to hear how various codecs will alter your project • Export options allow you to encode audio to AAC and MP3 formats • includes style-and genre-based presets
TARGET MARKET Mixing and mastering engineers, musicians
ANALYSIS A powerful update to a winning set of tools designed for high-quality mastering duties.
PRO TOOLS | DOCK
Controller and iPad dock
HIGHLIGHTS Using high-speed, Ethernet-based EUCON technology, Pro Tools | Dock is designed to work with the Pro Tools | Control iOS app (free) and Pro Tools | S3 control surface • 8 touch-sensitive, push-top knobs • mouse-free access to short cuts, key commands, functions, and other interface elements • create custom key assignments • 12 automation buttons
TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers
ANALYSIS Combine your iPad’s touchscreen with a scrub wheel, fader, and buttons to gain tighter control over your project.
AUDIO ELEMENT 2.0
Virtual analog synth
HIGHLIGHTS Polyphonic VST softsynth using Virtual Voltage 2.0 technology that keeps all parameters on the front panel • 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer • Unison algorithm with 2-and 4-voice models • redesigned envelope shapes and behavior • zero-delay feedback filters • reverb and crusher effects • high-resolution oscillators and improved anti-aliasing technology • MIDI Learn • presets are backward compatible with earlier version
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, composers, sound designers
ANALYSIS Significantly upgraded sound and performance that is also backward-compatible and loads presets from the original model.
CR4BT AND CR5BT
Multimedia monitors with Bluetooth
HIGHLIGHTS 50W systems that allow you to use a variety of input connections—Bluetooth, 1/4", 1/8", or RCA • plug your smart device into the front panel • CR4BT has 4" woofer and frequency range of 70Hz-20kHz • CR5BT has 5" woofer and 60Hz-20kHz frequency range • 0.75" silk-dome tweeter • front-panel headphone jack • rear bass port • wood cabinet • acoustic isolation pads
TARGET MARKET Multimedia users, educational institutions, mobile users
ANALYSIS Lightweight and highly portable playback systems that can be used wirelessly for convenience.
Console emulation plug-in
HIGHLIGHTS Modeled after Dirk Ulrich’s Neve VXS 72 console • using Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT), the plug-in takes into consideration the component tolerances for each channel to provide 72 variations • 4-band EQ with highpass and lowpass filters • EQ and dynamics mods • noise control parameter • supports EUCON mapping for Avid products • fully functional 14-day demo without dongle
TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers
ANALYSIS By modeling the tolerances between channels, bx_console can better capture the inter-channel interactions of the hardware version.
Ribbon and dynamic mic gain booster
HIGHLIGHTS Class A, phantom powered dual-FET signal booster for use with ribbon and dynamic mics • level control to provide as much as 25 dB of boost • 3-position highpass filter for mitigating low-end build-up from the proximity effect or localized rumble • 3-position impedance selector • standard XLR connectors • 100 percent discrete components
TARGET MARKET Recording and live sound engineers, educational institutions
ANALYSIS A great tool for integrating low-output mics with low-powered preamps and interfaces.
HOHNER PIANET N
Virtual keyboard instrument
HIGHLIGHTS Physically models a popular electromechanical, plucked-reed keyboard instrument that was popular in the mid-’60s and used by the Beatles, among many other bands • part of Pianoteq’s Hohner Collection instrument pack (requires Pianoteq version 5.4) • additional notes extend the instrument’s range to 7 octaves • sustain pedal
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, musicians, composers
ANALYSIS A low-cost, high-quality way to get unusual vintage keyboard sounds into your studio DAW or onstage.
Digital wireless system for 900MHz
Starting at $973
HIGHLIGHTS A 24-bit system that focuses on the 900MHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) frequency band, for instances where using the UHF television band becomes an issue • supports 12 compatible channels per frequency • works with Shure’s new UA874XA Active Directional Antenna and UA834XA In-Line Antenna Amplifier, which also support the 900MHz band
TARGET MARKET Live sound engineers, houses of worship, educational institutions
ANALYSIS A sure bet that can take advantage of, as the manufacturer suggests, “regional variations of the 902-928MHz spectrum.”
USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface
€159 (about $173)
HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit/192kHz interface featuring two Class A D-Pre mic preamps with +48V phantom power • 2 combo jacks, one with a high-impedance switch for use with guitar or bass • 1/4" TRS outputs • headphone output • MIDI I/O • supports iPad use as well as Mac/Win OS • loopback feature for live streaming • USB micro socket for powering • includes Cubase AI and Cubase LE app for iPad
TARGET MARKET Personal studios, remote recording, educational facilities
ANALYSIS Upgraded feature set on an affordable, highly portable interface.