New Gear: March 2017

Products from Cakewalk, Waves, MOTU, and more
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CAKEWALK

SONAR HOME STUDIO
DAW for Windows
$49.99

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HIGHLIGHTS Supports 64 audio tracks and 128 MIDI tracks • guided setup on first launch • the Lenses feature provides tools for various areas and styles of production • Overloud TH3 Cakewalk amp simulator • Rapture Session soft synth • step sequencer • video file support • includes 700 loops and 400 1-shots • upload files to social media • Help module • optimized for Windows 10

TARGET MARKET Personal studio users, students

ANALYSIS A low-cost way to get the basic features of this Windows-only DAW.
cakewalk.com

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WAVES

ELECTRIC 200
Virtual instrument
$69

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HIGHLIGHTS Based on the Wurlitzer 200, using samples from two different instruments • loads presets from the Waves Electric 88 • onboard compressor, limiter, and 3-band EQ • two types of Drive • front-panel controls for velocity curves and formant • mix in hammer, key-up, and mechanical sounds • effects rack includes tremolo, phaser and auto pan that sync to tempo • chorus and reverb

TARGET MARKET Keyboard players, composers

ANALYSIS A classic electromechanical keyboard emulation that you can use as a plug-in or in standalone mode.
waves.com

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MOTU

624
Audio interface
$795

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HIGHLIGHTS 32-channel interface • Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 • 2 mic inputs • AVB/TSN networking capabilities • DSP support for 48 channels, 12 stereo buses, and 32-bit floating point processing • reverb, EQ, and compression • audio analysis displays include real-time FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer, and waterfall-style spectrogram • works as standalone mixer, controlled wirelessly from smart-device or tablet over shared Wi-Fi

TARGETMARKET Musicians and recording engineers on the go

ANALYSIS High quality, low price, and expandable with the new 8A interface ($795).
motu.com

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IK MULTIMEDIA

IRIG NANO AMP
Guitar amp/iOS interface
$49.99

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HIGHLIGHTS 3W Class A/B power amp with 3" speaker and kickstand • 1/4" I/O • stereo minijack headphone out • use as a guitar amp in Amp mode, with British-style sound and two output settings—Normal and Bright • 1/4" speaker output can drive 4"x12" speaker cab • works as interface and monitor for iOS products in Device mode • includes 3 AA batteries and TRRS cable for phone/iPad connection

TARGET MARKET Guitarists

ANALYSIS Using AmpliTube iOS apps, you can play through headphones or use the built-in speaker.
irignanoamp.com

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BEST SERVICE

CHRIS HEIN SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE
Sound library for Kontakt Player
€599 (approx. $625)

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HIGHLIGHTS Bundled with Chris Hein’s Solo Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello, and Solo Contrabass libraries • Solo Cello includes Modern Cello and Romantic Cello libraries • more than 10,000 samples, 38 articulations, and 4 legato transitions for each instrument • articulation presets • 8 dynamic layers • legato in up to 4 dynamic layers • Hot-Keys • two convolution reverbs • DSP effects • Dynamic Modes • Note-Head Designer • Key-Vibrato

TARGETMARKET Composers, performers

ANALYSIS A complete library of bowed strings designed for use in classical, pop, and folk music productions.
bestservice.de

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PRESONUS

FADERPORT 8 PRODUCTION CONTROLLER
USB 2.0 control surface
$TBA

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HIGHLIGHTS 8 motorized, touch-sensitive faders • transport controls • 57 illuminated buttons that can handle 78 functions • four programmable buttons • eight digital scribble strips • dedicated buttons for track arming, mutes, solo clear, and various DAW views • additional functionality when used with Studio One DAW • Session Navigator for scrolling through Studio One Session Track • supports HUI and Mackie Control protocols • no USB driver required

TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording and mix engineers

ANALYSIS Works with most major DAWs, but enhances productivity for Studio One owners.
presonus.com

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FOCUSRITE
SCARLETT OCTOPRE AND SCARLETT OCTOPRE DYNAMIC
Audio interfaces
$TBA

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HIGHLIGHTS 8-channel, 24-bit/192kHz interfaces with phantom-powered mic preamps • ADAT inputs on OctoPre • ADAT I/O on OctoPre Dynamic • 2 instrument inputs • 8 line outputs • OctoPre Dynamic includes D/A converters and analog compressor with controls for soft-knee and ratio doubling • word clock I/O

TARGET MARKET Personal studios, performing musicians, houses of worship

ANALYSIS Provides an expandable recording system with high-quality audio and enough inputs and headroom to handle loud instruments such as a drum set.
focusrite.com

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UVI

WORLD SUITE
Sound library
$299

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HIGHLIGHTS Region-based Traveler instruments offer 6 tracks for loops and phrases, with mixer functions, Sparkverb, and pitch shifting on each track • two Vocal Traveler instruments • randomizer for creating new instrument combinations • 320 instruments • more than 8,000 loops and phrases with key-switching • velocity and ADSR envelopes • 3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequency • convolution reverb • support for Falcon and UVI Workstation

TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, media composers

ANALYSIS The content is categorized into 12 regions with editing tools provided for customizing each sound.
uvi.net