Multitimbral sample and soundbank player
HIGHLIGHTS Redesigned GUI is scalable to screen size • workflow enhancements include new Favorites tagging option for presets and patches • works as standalone instrument or as a plug-in • 40 integrated effects • customizable arpeggiator • Falcon 1.5 update ($349; free to registered Falcon users) is also available and includes new frequency shifter, event modules, FM-enhanced wavetable oscillator, and 100 additional presets
TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, producers
ANALYSIS This powerful (and free) software instrument just got a whole lot better.
CAKEWALK BY BANDLAB
Sonar Windows-based DAW
HIGHLIGHTS A free download for BandLab users, this is a streamlined version of Sonar Platinum (without some of the 3rd party products and content) • includes 64-bit mix engine, Skylight user interface and ProChannel modules • unlimited audio, MIDI, loop and aux tracks • touch-device support • installation of Cakewalk for BandLab does not affect previous Sonar installations • download using BandLab for Windows client
TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, producers
ANALYSIS Sonar, one of the premiere DAWs for Windows, is back. And it’s free!
REASON 10 INTRO
HIGHLIGHTS 16 tracks of audio and MIDI recording • 10 instruments (including Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer, Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, Subtractor Synthesizer, NN-XT sampler, Kong Drum Designer) • 11 effects (RV7000 mkII reverb, Scream 4 Distortion, Softube Guitar Amp and Bass Amp, and others) • analog-modeled mixer with bus compressor • support for Rack Extensions and VST plug-ins • $299 upgrade price into the full-featured version of Reason
TARGET MARKET Producers, DJs, musicians, students
ANALYSIS A low-cost, yet surprisingly well-featured, entry into the Reason ecosystem.
ACID PRO 8
Loop-based DAW for Windows
$149 (or $7.99/month)
HIGHLIGHTS Redesigned GUI • 24-bit, 192 multitrack recording • 64-bit architecture • new audio and MIDI editing features • 9 GB of Acidized loops • DN-e1 virtual analog synth • Vita 2 sample player with 11 instruments • Vintage Effects suite • Acid Pro 365 for $7.99/month includes everything here, plus free updates • upcoming VST3 support available in free update for all users
TARGET MARKET Producers, musicians, DJs
ANALYSIS The first major update in a decade, version 8 includes a wealth of instruments, effects, and loops.
DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS
HIGHLIGHTS 5-octave, semi-weighted keyboard • 8 stereo voices (16 mono voices) that combine samples and synthesis • bi-timbral, with two 16-bit/48kHz sample-based engines • 2 high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation • analog filters • polyphonic step sequencer • 4 LFOs • dual DSP effects including reverb, chorus, standard and BBD delays, rotating speaker • 150 GB of sample content from 8Dio • 50 GB storage for importing samples • USB connectivity
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, sound designers
ANALYSIS A unique interface to control a thoroughly unique sounding hybrid synth.
Mono analog synthesizer
HIGHLIGHTS Designed with Sound-machines and Erik Norlander • 27-note touch-pad keyboard • two VCOs (saw/triangle/pulse on each) • 2-pole, resonant multimode filter • VCA • noise generator • LFO with 7 waveforms modulates pitch, filter, amp, and VCO waves • 100 presets (80 rewriteable) • 10 arpeggio modes with 4-octave range • 100-pattern step-sequencer • 13 scales available for keyboard • onboard effects • line-in mixer • USB • MIDI I/O on minijacks • runs on battery or USB power
TARGET MARKET Musicians, DJs, producers
ANALYSIS An Italian-made instrument with fully analog signal path.
LIL’ EREBUS DIY KIT
Analog paraphonic synthesizer
HIGHLIGHTS Build it in 42HP Eurorack format ($190) or as a desktop module ($240; includes power-bus board and power supply) • 2 VCOs (osc 1 saw; osc 2 pulse) • 2-pole lowpass filter • voltage-controlled LFO • voltage-controlled echo • 3-stage envelope generator • onboard MIDI-to-CV • controls for filter cutoff and resonance, delay time, and tuning • 16 patch points with CV/gate I/O
TARGET MARKET Musicians and sound designers who build their own gear
ANALYSIS A relatively low-cost way to get a surprisingly powerful analog synth voice.
HIGHLIGHTS Made in collaboration with Malekko in Portland, OR, the Sys-510 is a synth voice in one module • VCO with three waveforms • lowpass filter with dual-highpass switch • external inputs • VCA with several outputs • normalled connections • other new 500-series modules include the Sys-555 Lag/S&H with ring mod, pink and white noise, lowpass filter, envelope and VCA; Sys-505 multimode filter with bandpass filter with VCAs; and Sys-531 mixer
TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers
ANALYSIS Welcome set of modules for any Eurorack user.