Monitor mixer, headphone amplifier, USB/AVB audio interface
HIGHLIGHTS 24 inputs • 12x16x8 monitor mixer • 6-channel headphone amp • audio interface supports high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) and AVB over Ethernet • AVB connectivity streams 32 channels from networked MOTU interfaces • can be used as a standalone headphone amp and 48-channel mixer with 12 stereo buses and DSP
TARGET MARKET Live-sound and recording engineers
ANALYSIS A wi-fi-controllable mixer/interface/headphone distributor that is equally at home in the studio or onstage.
ANTARES AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES
HIGHLIGHTS Flex-tune feature for setting the level of correction • ultralow-latency mode • editing tools are active during playback in Graphical mode • additional interface customization options • support for AAX (Native), Audio Units, and VST3
TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers, and live-sound engineers
ANALYSIS The ultra-low-latency mode will be welcome by singers using Auto-Tune 8 in real time onstage or in the studio, while Flex-Tune will help them retain their nuanced phrasing.
Virtual instrument for Kontakt 5
$349.99; upgrade $49.99
HIGHLIGHTS Includes more than 475 new instruments; more than 850 total • dual-voice additive synth engine • Step and FX Animator sequencers • dual-filter oscillator • automatable multi-script macros • standalone version • includes 2.89GB sample library (24 bit/44.1 kHz) • support for VST, AU, RTAS, AAX
TARGET MARKET Musicians and sound designers
ANALYSIS More than a simple update, Cyclone Retwisted combines version 1 and the Glow Multi expansion pack with additional modulation capabilities, including the multi-voice Pitch section.
SAMPLITUDE PRO X2 AND PRO X2 SUITE
Windows-based digital audio workstation
$499 and $999
HIGHLIGHTS New features include multiple outputs, Elastic Audio on multiple tracks, VST3 support, free plug-in routing, VCAs, automation and arrange improvements, four virtual instruments, and zPlane time-stretching and pitch-shifting • the Suite adds Analogue Modeling Suite Plus, Cleaning and Restoration Suite, loudness metering, Independence Sampler, a full version of Vandal amp modeler, and four additional virtual instruments
TARGET MARKET Engineers and musicians
ANALYSIS A mature DAW gets a significant bump up in power.
USB audio interface
HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit/192kHz resolution • phantom-powered Class A Yamaha-designed D-Pre mic preamp • 1/4" high-impedance instrument input • 2 RCA line outputs • 1/4" headphone jack • no-latency input monitoring • USB bus-powered • loopback capabilities for webcasting • comes with Cubase AI software • Mac/Win/iOS (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iOS use)
TARGET MARKET Musicians who want to record on the go
ANALYSIS A highly portable interface that is tailored to singer/songwriters and traveling artists.
V COLLECTION 4
Software instrument bundle
HIGHLIGHTS Software bundle featuring all of Arturia's current software instruments, including ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8 V, Analog Lab, Mini V, Modular V, Oberheim SEM V, Prophet V and VS, Matrix-12 V, Solina V, and Wurlitzer V • includes full version of Spark 2.0 drum software • utilizes Arturia Software Center license management
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, producers, composers
ANALYSIS A simple and affordable way to stock up on Arturia's excellent stable of virtual instruments.
XW-DJ1 DJ CONTROLLER AND XW-PD1 GROOVE CENTER
$299 and $399
HIGHLIGHTS The XW-DJI has a 7" platter, cross fader, and filter controls; works with Algoriddim djay2 iPad app • XW-PD1 includes 16 velocity-sensitive pads, 4 knobs, DSP-based effects, and the XW synthesizer sound engine, with presets in a variety of popular electronic-music genres
TARGET MARKET Musicians and dance music producers
ANALYSIS Connect the XW-DJ1 to the audio input of the XW-PD1 to create a powerful, yet low-cost beat-production setup.
FRAUNHOFER PRO CODEC VERSION 3
Audio encoding plug-in for DAWs
$495; no upgrade fee for existing users
HIGHLIGHTS Real-time A/B auditioning between different codecs or between the input signal and codec • 64-bit compatibility • supports wide variety of stereo, multichannel, and HD codecs, including Apple AAC iTunes+, AAC-LC multichannel, and HD-AAC • AAX, RTAS, AU, and VST plug-in support • batch processing • high-resolution display • metadata editor • standalone manager application • iLok required
TARGET MARKET Mixing and mastering engineers
ANALYSIS A welcome update to a powerful and elucidating bit of software.
C9 ORGAN MACHINE
Virtual organ effects pedal
HIGHLIGHTS Provides nine mono organ tones: Tone Wheel, Prog, Mello Flutes, Telstar, Lord Purple, Blip, Shimmer, Compact, Blimp, and Press Tone • independent wet and dry outputs with individual level controls • knobs for adding organ-style percussive click and modulation level • includes 9.6V AC adapter
TARGET MARKET Guitarists
ANALYSIS Using the same modeling setup as the B9 pedal, the C9 provides additional organ sounds based on classic rock styles and songs.
WOODEN CASE DIY KIT
Eurorack modular synth cases
€50 to €229
HIGHLIGHTS Includes wooden panels, mounting rails, screws, and nuts to hold modules • 1 to 6 rows • 84, 90, 104, or 114HP wide • available in birch plywood or MDF • includes hole for power supply connector • ships to the U.S.A. as a flat package • MDF version is easy to glue and paint • wood is Forest Stewardship Council certified
TARGET MARKET Modular synth users
ANALYSIS An easy-to-build and cost-effective Eurorack case.
Single-channel microphone preamp
HIGHLIGHTS Improvements include input transformer upgrade, lower noise, and higher gain • max output level is +24dBu • high-impedance instrument input jack • +48V phantom power • 10dB pad • phase switch • output transformer • 1U 1/2-rack case • 24VAC external power supply
TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, home recordists
ANALYSIS This update provides a substantial performance boost to Black Lion Audio's API 312A-style preamp.
BOOMSTAR MODULAR SYSTEM
Synthesizer modules for Eurorack
HIGHLIGHTS 14 modules available individually or in preconfigured systems • includes 3003 (Roland-style), 4075 (ARP-style), 5089 (Moog-like), SE80, and SEM Boomstar filters, as well as oscillator and amp modules • additional modules (LFO, output, multiple, shapers) designed and manufactured by Pittsburgh Modular • through-hole construction • hand-matched transistors • discrete circuitry
TARGET MARKET Modular synthesizer users
ANALYSIS Eurorack owners now have the opportunity to add Studio Electronics' high-quality synth components in their rigs.