New Gear March 2018

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ART
TUBE MIX
Mixer and digital audio interface
$199 street

HIGHLIGHTS 5-channel mixer with 12AX7 tubes • USB 2.0 interface with 16-bit/44.1 and 48kHz resolution • 2 mic/line channels with phantom power and trim • high-impedance instrument input with amp simulator and trim • panning and 3-band EQ on each channel • stereo aux send and return • stereo mains, control room and headphone outputs • USB return knob • VU meters • wooden ends • 5.5 lbs.

TARGET MARKET personal studios, podcasters

ANALYSIS An inexpensive, small-format, tube-based mixer that can also serve as a stereo USB audio interface.
artproaudio.com

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UVI
NAGOYA HARP
Virtual string instrument
$79

HIGHLIGHTS For UVI Workstation and Falcon • Strum and Keys modes • samples use plectrum, sticks, bow, palm muting, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and various una corda and tuning configurations • multimode filter • mono/poly switch • Reverb, Phasor, Thorus, and Drive effects • Drone and Tremolo settings • stereo modes • mic selection • AU, AAX VST, and stand-alone • requires iLok account • 3 activations per license

TARGET MARKET Composers and performers

ANALYSIS The only VI based on this unique Japanese instrument and capable of producing thoroughly modern sounds.
uvi.net

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4MS/MATTHIAS PUECH
TAPOGRAPHIC DELAY
Velocity-sensitive, multi-tap delay for Eurorack
$415

HIGHLIGHTS Tap delay rhythms directly using the velocity-sensitive FSR • max delay time nearly 3 minutes • up to 32 taps • mono in, stereo out • lowpass or resonant/pingable bandpass filter for each tap • store 24 delay configurations • two feedback paths, with Repeat and Feedback controls • time-adjustable morphing between delay configurations • trigger/clock inputs • gate/trigger outs • 16-bit, 48 kHz resolution

TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, producers

ANALYSIS Designed for performance, the module is perfect for adding rhythmic variety to any audio input.
4mscompany.com

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MODARTT
PIANOTEQ 6
Keyboard physical-modeling software
$129, $319, $519

HIGHLIGHTS Includes models of Steinway Model D and Model B grand pianos • available in Stage, Studio, and Pro versions • 8 pedal types • microtuning and Scala support • variable lid positioning • release velocity • EQ and reverb • MIDI playlist and archive • export to audio as WAV, mp3 and FLAC • stand-alone, AU, AXX, VST2, VST3, and ARM (for Linux/RISC-based CPUs) • Studio version ($799) includes all instrument packs

TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, sound designers

ANALYSIS A major update to an Editors’ Choice Award-winning product.
pianoteq.com

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YORKVILLE
EXM-MOBILE
Battery-powered P.A. speaker
$389 street

HIGHLIGHTS Two 6.5" woofers • softdome tweeter • built-in 3-channel mixer that accepts microphone and instrument input, as well as media players • Bluetooth streaming capabilities • 5.5 hours battery life at full output power • batteries will last 48 hours when P.A. is in standby mode • weighs just over 20 lbs.

TARGET MARKET Gigging musicians and DJs

ANALYSIS A lightweight, single-cabinet P.A. for performing in places where AC power is unavailable.
yorkville.com

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ROLAND
R-07
Handheld digital-audio recorder
$229 street

HIGHLIGHTS Records mono and stereo WAV files at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz • records MP3 files up to 320kbps • dual-recording mode • hybrid limiting functions • Bluetooth-capable audio streaming using Qualcomm aptX • runs on 2 AA batteries or USB bus power • free wireless remote-control app for iOS and Android devices • available in black, white, or red

TARGET MARKET Musicians, music teachers and students

ANALYSIS With its scene setups, the R-07 lets you quickly capture song demos, lessons, sound effects, and other audio sources.
roland.com

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MATHEW LANE/PLUGIVERY
STEREODELTA 2
Spatial processor plug-in
$69

HIGHLIGHTS Uses only one knob to control several parameters that alter the stereo image of your audio • processing based on DrMS plug-in • true mono fold-down • saves stereo info in mono file • internal autogain for keeping the level constant • AAX, AU, VST, VST3 • uses iLok dongle • 32- and 64-bit support

TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers, sound designers

ANALYSIS Provides substantial stereo width and depth adjustment, as well as mono compatibility after fold down.
plugivery.com

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BAE AUDIO
R53
500 series rack
$450

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HIGHLIGHTS 3-slot horizontal rack that takes up only 1RU • steel chassis • front-panel switchable linking system (module 1 to 2, module 2 to 3) for use in a channel strip-style module setup • built-in power supply • Neutrik XLR input and output jacks • available loaded with BAE 312A mic preamp/DI, G10 EQ and 500C compressor modules for $2,736

TARGET MARKET Recording, mixing, and live-sound engineers

ANALYSIS A relatively low-cost way to integrate a modular 500 series processing system into any studio.
baeaudio.com