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New Gear, May 2018 - EMusician

New Gear

New equipment from Sound Devices, Pittsburgh Modular, Vermona and more
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SOUND DEVICES
MIXPRE-10M

Multitrack recorder, mixer, audio interface
$1,499

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HIGHLIGHTS 10-input, 12-track digital recorder • 10-channel mixer • 12-in/4- out USB interface with 24-bit/96kHz resolution • 8 mic/line inputs, each with 48V phantom power, 96 dB of gain, limiter, low-cut • 3.5mm, 2-channel aux/mic input • 2 balanced outs • 2 unbalanced outs • export mix to SD card, thumb drive, or computer as WAV or AAC file • vintage reverb and air effects • metronome • cue points • power from batteries or AC

TARGET MARKET Songwriters, musicians, personal studios

ANALYSIS Pairs Sound Devices’ technology with features designed specifically for music production.

sounddevices.com

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PEARL
EM1 MALLETSTATION

USB MIDI mallet controller
$999 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Silicone keys with Smart Fabric Sensors developed by Keith McMillen Industries • mallet dampening and aftertouch capabilities • adjustable 3-octave range • 3 user-assignable touch-sliders and 4 buttons • steel and aluminum chassis • 3 assignable 1/4" pedal inputs • Low Note and Octave buttons • USB bus powered using iOS/Android mobile device or computer • optional MIDI expander for using external hardware

TARGET MARKET Percussionists, composers, studios

ANALYSIS A low-cost, lightweight alternative to other MIDI mallet controllers that includes KMI’s proprietary sensor material.

pearlmalletstation.com

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PITTSBURGH MODULAR
MICROVOLT 3900

Semi-modular analog synth
$629

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HIGHLIGHTS analog oscillator • wave folder • harmonic-sine feature • 39 patch points • PWM • mixer with overdrive • noise • audio input • filter includes button to increase resonance • VCA with lowpass gate • output drive control • modulation: ADSR, 2-stage loopable function generator, and LFO/S&H • MIDI-to-CV • arpeggiator • 16-step sequencer • tap tempo and octave buttons • stereo headphone output • mono line output • includes power adapter, 5 patch cables and MIDI connector cable

TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, composers

ANALYSIS Interesting combination of East and West Coast-style features.

pittsburghmodular.com

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VERMONA
RANDOMRYTHM

Eurorack trigger sequencer/clock divider
$349

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HIGHLIGHTS Two independent trigger sections with separate clock inputs, seq outputs, Dice and Offbeat buttons • sliders for setting probabilities of triggers—1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/3—with individual outs for each • Swing controls • Dice mode generates random sequences based on 3/4 or 4/4 bar • Reset input can reset the Dice or mute outputs • Edit and Tap tempo buttons • runs from internal or external clock

TARGET MARKET Eurorack users, producers, sound designers

ANALYSIS A dual groove generator in a surprisingly small amount of space.

vermona.com