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New Gear, March 2016 - EMusician

New Gear, March 2016

New products from PreSonus, UVI, Peavey, and more
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ELECTRO-HARMONIX
720 STEREO LOOPER
Stompbox
$185

HIGHLIGHTS 12 minutes (720 seconds) of looping time • create 10 loops • unlimited overdubbing • independent switches for reverse and half-speed effects • undo/redo • 24-bit/44.kHz converters in the I/O • 3 modes: Loop Select, Loop Progress, and Loop Fadeout • loop output level control • silent switches for Loop and Stop/FX • input for optional foot controller selects bank and undo/redo • powered by 9V battery or included power supply

TARGET MARKET Guitarists, live performers

ANALYSIS Plenty of functionality and loop time in a low-cost, lightweight pedal.
ehx.com

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VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY
VIENNA DIMENSION STRINGS II
Virtual string library
€694 (about $754)

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HIGHLIGHTS Similar in content to Vienna Dimension Strings I, but each instrument is recorded with a mute—con sordino • captured in four groups—8 violins, 6 violas, 8 cellos, and 4 double basses—with separate mics to give you access to the individual voices • full-range recordings of each string of every instrument • includes presets for selecting individual strings

TARGET MARKET Composers, sound designers, performers

ANALYSIS A fine complement to VSL’s library that rounds out the orchestral string timbres.
vsl.co.at

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PRESONUS
DIGIMAX DP88
8-channel mic pre/digital converter
$699 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit/96kHz converters with 8 XMAX Class A mic preamps • 8 balanced line inputs and outputs, as well as 8 balanced DAC outputs all on DB25 connectors • remote control over mic preamp levels, individual phantom power, and direct ADC input using MIDI CCs • word clock and MIDI I/O • ADAT/dual-SMUX optical I/O

TARGET MARKET Personal and pro recording studios

ANALYSIS A solid 8-channel preamp/interface that easily integrates with PreSonus’ Studio 192 interfaces using the ADAT optical I/O.
presonus.com

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PG MUSIC
BAND-IN-A-BOX 2016 (WIN)
Intelligent music accompaniment software
$129-$669

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HIGHLIGHTS Includes 201 new RealTracks in a variety of genres (jazz, blues rock, country, folk, world, etc.) • 11 new SuperMIDI tracks • 19 Instrumental Studies • 3 Artists Performance videos • RealBand included • redesigned style picker and chord chart • filtered sorting • lyrics and text layers • import/export of MusicXML files • improved audio import • available at several price points with expanded content

TARGET MARKET Songwriters, composers, students

ANALYSIS A substantial upgrade that offers twice as many new styles as previous updates, and numerous usability improvements.
pgmusic.com

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UVI
CAMEO
Phase distortion software synths
$129

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HIGHLIGHTS A suite of three phase-distortion synths: Cameo CZ (utilizing sampled Casio CZ patches), Cameo CX (dual-layer raw waveforms and hybrid sounds), and Cameo CM (contemporary sounds built with the oscillators and DSP engine from UVI Falcon) • effects including Sparkverb • arpeggiator and step modulator • works as native 64-bit standalone synth or in UVI Workstation and Falcon • authorize on three computers or iLok keys simultaneously

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, sound designers, composers, performers

ANALYSIS A deep resource for ’80s-era Casio-style FM sounds and instruments.
uvi.net

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PEAVEY
DARK MATTER
P.A. speakers
$299-$749 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Four models of DSP-equipped live-sound speakers featuring Peavey’s Quadratic Throat Waveguides • the 2-way, bi-amped DM 112 and DM 115 both have a mic/line switch and a pole mount • the DM 115 and DM 118 subwoofers include KOSMOS DSP, a phase switch, two highpass XLR outputs, and a full-range XLR output • all have XLR/1/4" combo jack inputs

TARGET MARKET Clubs, houses of worship, DJs

ANALYSIS A new powered-P.A. line that offers high SPLs and rugged enclosures at a low price.
peavey.com

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NUNO FONSECA
SOUND PARTICLES (MAC)
Sound design
$299

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HIGHLIGHTS Use thousands of audio sources as particles, which you then capture with a virtual microphone • supports a wide variety multichannel formats, including Atmos • numerous virtual mic types and multichannel configurations available • effects include delay, EQ, pitch/speed, granulation • mic and sound source position can be automated • 64-bit audio processing • 3D view in GUI • imports reference video

TARGET MARKET Sound designers, film, and multimedia composers

ANALYSIS A CGI-like application for quickly creating immersive audio environments.
sound-particles.com

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SAMPLE MAGIC
MAGIC AB VERSION 2
Referencing software
£49.50 (about $73.81)

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HIGHLIGHTS An A/B referencing plug-in that supports up to 9 audio tracks • loads professional and consumer audio-file formats, including AIFF, WAV, mp3 and mp4 • mono or stereo monitoring capabilities • three playback modes: Sync, Latch, and Manual • supports multiple cue and loops points • high-resolution output meters featuring RMS, peak, and crest monitoring scales • new preset system • drag-and-drop files

TARGET MARKET Mixing and mastering engineers, producers

ANALYSIS An easy way to accurately match and compare audio files.
samplemagic.com