New Gear: July 2015

Products from Roland, Mackie, PreSonus, and More
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Products from Roland, Mackie, PreSonus, and More
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ROLAND

MX-1 MIX PERFORMER
Mixer and USB audio/MIDI interface
$599 street

HIGHLIGHTS 18-channel interface with 24-bit/96kHz resolution • supports Roland’s AIRA Link USB connectivity • tempo-based effects with step and real-time control • Tone/Filter control on each mixer input • master effects include Roll, Bit Crush, and Scatter • Beat FX (Filter, Slicer, Side Chain) independently available on each channel

TARGET MARKET DJs, producers, and musicians, particularly those who perform live

ANALYSIS Designed to integrate with the AIRA family of instruments as well as your DAW and other hardware devices.
rolandus.com

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ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS

NYBORG-12
Standalone analog synth module
£599

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HIGHLIGHTS 2-oscillator synth with a multimode (highpass/bandpass/lowpass) 2-pole filter based on the Oberheim SEM sound • two envelope generators • sample-and-hold • VCA • mixer • noise generator • suboscillator • LFO • MIDI-to-CV converter built in • accepts external CV and gate input • external audio input • connect multiple Nyborg-12 modules together to play polyphonically

TARGET MARKET Musicians, DJs, composers

ANALYSIS A standalone synthesizer with large controls and a classic sound.
analoguesolutions.com

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CAKEWALK

MUSIC CREATOR 7
Digital audio workstation for Windows
$49.99

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HIGHLIGHTS Supports 8 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously • runs 32 audio tracks, 8 instrument tracks, and 128 MIDI tracks • comes with loops and VST3 instruments and effects • onscreen touch-controlled MIDI keyboard • new Mix Strip with Style Dial FX control • includes Overloud TH2 Creator guitar amp modeler • step sequencer

TARGET MARKET Musicians, DJs, hobbyists

ANALYSIS An inexpensive and powerful way to get into recording audio and MIDI as well as doing beat production.
cakewalk.com

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ARTURIA
KEYLAB 88
MIDI keyboard controller
$699

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HIGHLIGHTS 88-note velocity-sensitive hammer-action controller with Aftertouch • includes Analog Lab soft-synth suite with Minimoog and Wurlitizer emulations • USB and MIDI I/O • 16 backlit pressure-sensitive pads • 9 faders • assignable rotary controls • 3 pedal inputs • pitch bend and modulation wheels • includes music stand and laptop shelf

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists and composers

ANALYSIS Keyboard’s controllers are pre-assigned to parameters in the software suite, making it easy to play the instruments right away.
arturia.com

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SENNHEISER
EVOLUTION WIRELESS D1
Digital wireless microphone systems
Price varies

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HIGHLIGHTS Automatically sets frequencies and matches transmitters to receivers, as well as switches to new frequency to avoid interference • operates in 2,400-2,483.5 MHz range • effects include 7-band graphic EQ, lowcut filter, de-esser, and automatic gain control • transmitters use standard batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion packs (via USB or docking charger)

TARGET MARKET Live performers, venues, houses of worship

ANALYSIS A state-of-the-art system that includes a variety of handheld, instrument, lavalier, and headset mics to fit a variety of needs.
sennheiser-d1.com

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ELECTRO-HARMONIX
HOLY GRAIL NEO
Reverb pedal
$163.37

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HIGHLIGHTS Small-format stompbox offering spring, hall, and plate reverb effects that are selectable with a toggle switch • single wet/dry control • true bypass • powers from a 9V battery or the included EHX9.6DC power supply • die-cast metal chassis

TARGET MARKET Guitarists

ANALYSIS Classic Electro-Harmonix reverb sounds in a pedalboard-friendly format.
ehx.com

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FLYING GREEN DOOR
HAAS MIXER
Rack extension for Propellerhead Reason
$25

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HIGHLIGHTS Four-input mixer and binaural processor that offers three simultaneous effects: Haas/Precedence effect, stereo width, and flanging • mono or stereo output • control voltage input to control the directionality of the sound sources; perfect for adding modulation

TARGET MARKET Composers, producers, and musicians who use Reason

ANALYSIS This type of time-based psychoacoustic effect is very useful for adding depth and spaciousness when mixing.
flyinggreendoor.com

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CAD
U39
USB microphone
$109

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HIGHLIGHTS Cardioid condenser USB mic with 16-bit/48kHz resolution • 1/8" headphone monitoring jack and TrakMix feature • 40Hz to 18kHz frequency response • on/off switch • level control • lowcut switch • includes USB cable and stand • metal construction • Mac/Win compatible

TARGET MARKET Home recordists, podcasters, sound for video

ANALYSIS Low-cost USB mic for everyday use.
cadaudio.com