Impact LX25 and LX61
USB MIDI keyboard controllers
Highlights 25- and 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard • 8 assignable rotary encoders and 8 assignable pads • on-the-fly pad mapping • LX 61 includes 8 assignable faders and buttons • transport controls • pitch and modulation wheels • 3-digit LED display • footswitch input • octave and transposition buttons • stores 5 user presets and 4 maps for the pads
Target Market Musicians, composers, DJ/producers
Analysis Designed to integrate directly with most major DAWs for use with mixer, effects, and instruments.
Audio restoration software for Mac OS X
Highlights Updated interface • high-resolution Wash window • improved Learn Noise functionality • works in 32- and 64-bit hosts • supports audio recording and drag-and-drop of video clips in standalone mode • Audio Units/VST/RTAS/ AAX plug-in formats • one-click sharing to e-mail, social media, and cloud storage
Target Market Musicians, recording engineers, and video artists
Analysis Designed to be intuitive and easy to use for anyone needing to mitigate unwanted audio artifacts in recordings, including those made with video.
Plug-in effects suite
Highlights 35 effects with modulatable parameters for Reaktor 5, Reaktor 5 Player, and Maschine • designed in cooperation with Zynaptiq • morph between sound variations using your mouse or modulation input • five categories of effects: Bread and Butter; Dynamics and Distortion; Modulation and Filters; Delay, Stutter, and Glitch; Pitch and Resonator • four assignable macro controls
Target Market DJs, producers, sound designers, musicians
Analysis A heavyweight collection of highly configurable effects that cover every type of project.
Powered P.A. loudspeakers
Highlights 1,000W 12" and 15" versions with 2-way crossovers • 1.4" titanium tweeter • 3-band EQ with sweepable mids • time-aligned transducers • mic and line-level inputs • 1,200W Thump 18S 18" powered subwoofer with two XLR inputs and stereo highpass outputs • Class D amplification
Target Market Gigging musicians, clubs, houses of worship, livesound engineers
Analysis A heavy-duty, highoutput sound system. Thump12 and Thump15 have angled backs that make them suitable for use as stage monitors.
String synth module
Highlights Desktop polyphonic synthesizer that focuses on classic ’70s-era string machines • brass, organ, and choir presets • monophonic solo section with tremolo • ensemble and time-based effects • controls for crescendo and release • stereo outputs • MIDI and USB ports
Target Market Keyboardists and musicians looking for a portable synth with vintage sounds for stage and studio
Analysis A great-sounding hardware synth that resurrects a wonderful class of instrumental sounds in a convenient package.
Portable audio system
Highlights 600W • Class D amplifier • integrated 10-channel mixer • 4 mic inputs with phantom power and switchable pads • XLR, 1/4" mic/line/ instrument, and 1/8" stereo line-level inputs • treble and bass controls and reverb send on each channel • integrated USB flash drive-based recording (16-bit/44.1kHz WAV) and playback (WAV/mp3) system • output for powered subwoofer
Target Market Bands, DJs, event managers, educational facilities
Analysis A highly portable P.A. system suitable for medium to large audiences.
Finale PrintMusic 2014
Music notation software
$119.95 ($39.95 upgrade)
Highlights Note entry from MIDI keyboard, ASCII keyboard, or by scanning score pages • orchestral scores can include 24 staves • built-in sound library • supports VST/AU virtual instruments • Human Playback functionality • exports audio, MIDI, and musicXML files • Score Manager • automatic range checking • beat-assigned Smart Shapes • support for the new Finale file format
Target Market Composers, musicians, students
Analysis PrintMusic 2014 provides a way to use many of Finale’s outstanding features, but at a much lower cost.
Highlights Adds step-sequencer with 64 steps • Mod, Gate Len, and Swing parameters • 6 pattern sequences • Steiner- Parker multimode filter • sub oscillator • Ultrasaw and Metalizer features for adding harmonics • an LFO with sampleand- hold • audio input • USB and standard MIDI I/O • CV/gate I/O
Target Market Keyboardists, DJ/ producers, and modular-synth owners looking for a CV/gate controller keyboard
Analysis With its retro look, the MiniBrute SE adds an old-school step sequencer to a highly portable and powerful monosynth.
Audio Units plug-in organizer
Highlights Allows you to rename and organize your Audio Units plug-ins in Apple Logic Pro X and Garageband and Ableton Live • requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher • arrange AU plug-ins by group, subgroup, or customized name • includes Cover Flow for loading plug-in GUIs • supports 32- and 64-bit plug-ins, Automap, 32 Lives, and other wrappers • import/export settings
Target Market Audio Units plugin users
Analysis This is the utility app you’ve been waiting for.
Ear Trumpet Labs
Multipattern condenser microphone
Highlights Two medium-large, fixed-cardioid electret condenser capsules with transformerless FET circuitry • cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional patterns • high-end frequency response to 14 kHz • capsule is mounted in a copper-ringed basket with brass grille • stainless steel yoke and copper-and-brass body • internal dampening to minimize handling noise
Target Market Recording engineers and musicians
Analysis Hand-built in Portland, OR, Mable focuses on classic looks and sound quality for tracking acoustic instruments and voices.
The Music Producer’s Survival Guide
By Brian M. Jackson
Highlights Subtitled “Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music,” the book covers the philosophy of music production, spanning the history of music technology, while offering practical advice on networking and career planning.
Target Market Musicians, engineers, producers, and DJs
Analysis A uniquely nontraditional exploration of the creative process that examines a plethora of subjects, including technical and theoretical approaches to music, lifestyle decisions, and thoughts about consciousness and the mind.
KH 120 D
Digital studio monitor
Highlights Digital input and output on BNC connectors • accepts AES3 and S/PDIF format at 24-bit/192kHz • XLR analog input • front-panel bass reflex ports • analog Class AB amplifier • time-delay compensation up to 400 ms • bass, low-mid, and treble controls • dip switches to control logo lighting and ground lift
Target Market Recording and mix engineers doing stereo or surround work
Analysis Designed for use as close-field monitors or rear speakers in a multichannel system.