New Gear: March 2015

Products from MOTU, Magix, Antares, Sample Logic, and More
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MOTU
MONITOR 8

Monitor mixer, headphone amplifier, USB/AVB audio interface
$995

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.
MOTU.com

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ANTARES AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES
AUTO-TUNE 8

Pitch-correction software
$399

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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.
antarestech.com

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SAMPLE LOGIC
CYCLONE RETWISTED

Virtual instrument for Kontakt 5
$349.99; upgrade $49.99

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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.
samplelogic.com

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MAGIX
SAMPLITUDE PRO X2 AND PRO X2 SUITE

Windows-based digital audio workstation
$499 and $999

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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.
magix.net

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STEINBERG
UR12

USB audio interface
$119.99

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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.
steinberg.net

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ARTURIA
V COLLECTION 4

Software instrument bundle
$399

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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.
arturia.com

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CASIO
XW-DJ1 DJ CONTROLLER AND XW-PD1 GROOVE CENTER

Beat-production tools
$299 and $399

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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.
casio.com

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SONNOX
FRAUNHOFER PRO CODEC VERSION 3

Audio encoding plug-in for DAWs
$495; no upgrade fee for existing users

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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.
sonnox.com

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ELECTRO-HARMONIX
C9 ORGAN MACHINE

Virtual organ effects pedal
$293.73

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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.
ehx.com

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GINKO SYNTHESE
WOODEN CASE DIY KIT

Eurorack modular synth cases
€50 to €229

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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.
ginkosynthese.com

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BLACK LION
B12A MKII

Single-channel microphone preamp
$549 street

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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.
blacklionaudio.com

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STUDIO ELECTRONICS
BOOMSTAR MODULAR SYSTEM

Synthesizer modules for Eurorack
$209-$269

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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.
studioelectronics.com