New Gear, January 2016

New products from Mackie, Plugin Alliance, Radial and more
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New products from Mackie, Plugin Alliance, Radial and more
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KORG

VOLCA SAMPLE OK GO SPECIAL EDITION
Sampler
$159

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.

korg.com

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UVI

FALCON
Software Synthesizer
$349

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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.

uvi.net

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ELECTRO-HARMONIX

CRASH PAD
Analog drum synthesizer
$156

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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.

ehx.com

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IZOTOPE

OZONE 7
Mastering software suite
$249; Advanced $499

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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.

izotope.com

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Avid

PRO TOOLS | DOCK
Controller and iPad dock
$TBA

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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.

avid.com

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WAVES

AUDIO ELEMENT 2.0
Virtual analog synth
$TBA

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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.

waves.com

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MACKIE

CR4BT AND CR5BT
Multimedia monitors with Bluetooth
$259-$329

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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.

mackie.com

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PLUGIN ALLIANCE

BRAINWORX BX_CONSOLE
Console emulation plug-in
$299

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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.

plugin-alliance.com

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RADIAL

MCBOOST
Ribbon and dynamic mic gain booster
$199

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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.

radialeng.com

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MODARTT

HOHNER PIANET N
Virtual keyboard instrument
$59

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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.

pianoteq.com

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SHURE

QLX-D
Digital wireless system for 900MHz
Starting at $973

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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.”

shure.com

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STEINBERG

UR22MKII
USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface
€159 (about $173)

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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.

steinberg.net