New Gear July 2016

New products for musicians and recordists
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DYNAUDIO PRO
LYD SERIES
Nearfield monitors
$599-$789 street

HIGHLIGHTS A series of three bi-amped reference monitors with Class D amplifiers and a 24-bit/96kHz signal path • LYD-5 has a 5" woofer and is rated at 100W • LYD-7 has 7" woofer, rated at 100W • LYD-8 has an 8" woofer and is rated at 130W • XLR and RCA inputs • EQ settings for tilt, low-frequency boost/cut and boundary compensation • variable input sensitivity

TARGET MARKET Pro and personal studios

ANALYSIS Three relatively affordable products from a well-respected Danish speaker manufacturer.

dynaudio.com

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HORNBERG RESEARCH
HB1 MIDI BREATH STATION
USB/MIDI-based breath controller
$899

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HIGHLIGHTS Saves 25 presets • Dual mode lets you use two presets/channels simultaneously • parameters include attack, boost attack, release, boost release, data reduction, continuous controller, MIDI channel, sensitivity (drive), and offset • includes controller and pressure sensor apparatus • 5-pin DIN MIDI input, two MIDI outputs • USB port • powered via USB connection (USB power supply is included) • no driver required

TARGET MARKET Performers and composers who use breath to control MIDI instruments, particularly software instrument libraries

ANALYSIS A modern, USB-based MIDI breath-control system.

ilio.com

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO
UAD-2 SATELLITE USB
DSP accelerator
$999-$5,999 depending on package

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HIGHLIGHTS USB 3 connectivity for using UAD Powered Plug-ins in a Windows-based environment • integrates with systems using Apollo Twin USB, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and UAD-2 PCIe cards • available in Octo (8 SHARC processors) and Quad (4 SHARC processors) models • available with Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages • quiet, fan-free operation

TARGET MARKET Professional and personal studios

ANALYSIS Windows users, particularly with laptops, will find this a portable and affordable way to utilize Universal Audio’s outstanding collection of UAD-2 Powered Plug-ins.

uaudio.com

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AUDIOFILE
MYRIAD
Batch processing software for Mac OS X
$99

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HIGHLIGHTS Includes more than 100 automated tasks, or Actions, including Intelligent Stereo to Mono • create and save Actions • Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter and Good Dither • works with Broadcast WAV metadata • FLAC and Ogg Vorbis conversion • supports adding compressed files on input—AAC, FLAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, etc. • Dropbox and SoundCloud support • OS X 10.9 to 10.11

TARGET MARKET Recording and mixing engineers, sound designers, musicians

ANALY SIS Up-to-date features and a well-designed user interface make this a must-have toolset for audio pros.

audiofile-engineering.com