New Gear: November

Products from Universal Audio, AKG, Radial, and More
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Products from Universal Audio, AKG, Radial, and More
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UNIVERSAL AUDIO
AKG BX 20 SPRING REVERB
Plug-in for UAD-2 DSP platform
$199

HIGHLIGHTS Software emulation of a highly sought-after dual-tank spring reverb from the ’60s • mono or stereo operation • select individual tanks (A or B) or use the two together • digital-only mode • treble and bass tone controls • Lowcut switch • Link button • Wet Solo button defeats the direct signal • includes artist-designed presets

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, musicians, sound designers

ANALYSIS Licensed and endorsed by AKG; now’s your chance to get classic, studio-quality spring-reverb sounds for your UAD-2 system.

uaudio.com

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RADIAL
SPACE HEATER
Tube drive/summing mixer
$1,699

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HIGHLIGHTS 8-channel tube drive and summing mixer that uses 12AX7 tubes • channels are available discretely or mixed to a stereo bus • highpass filter for each channel pair • Heat switch • XLR outputs for stereo bus • headphone output • balanced 1/4" TRS and D-Sub inputs • balanced D-Sub outputs • 8 balanced inserts on 1/4" TRS jacks • connect multiple units using the Link jacks

TARGET MARKET Studios and onstage

ANALYSIS Add color and character to DAW tracks, in-ear monitors, or instruments in a live or recording context.

radialeng.com

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SPITFIRE AUDIO
BML210 BONE PHALANX
Virtual brass instrument
$230

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HIGHLIGHTS A sample-based virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt that provides a 6-piece trombone section made up of three tenors, two basses, and a contrabass • idiomatic articulations are included • recorded at AIR Studios in London • 8 mic perspectives and 3 Jake Jackson mixes • Ostinatum feature for creating complex patterns • round-robin playback • 17 GB of uncompressed WAV files

TARGET MARKET Composers, orchestrators, arrangers, musicians

ANALYSIS A software tool designed to help you create realistic low-brass parts.

spitfireaudio.com

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PITTSBURGH MODULAR
VERBTRONIC
Digital reverb in Eurorack format
$199

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HIGHLIGHTS Mode switch for selecting shorter, realistic-sounding reverb effects (Verb setting) or longer, more synthetic timbres (Tronic) • Mode Gate input for switching modes using a gate signal • wet/dry output mix knob • Mix CV input with associated Attenuverter knob • Feedback level control • Tonal Tilt for sculpting the tone from high to low • discrete wet output • 10hp wide

TARGET MARKET Eurorack modularsynth users

ANALYSIS A low-cost way to add a skiff-friendly digital reverb to your patches.

pittsburghmodular.com

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PLUGIN ALLIANCE
ACCUSONUS ERA-D
Noise and reverb removal plug-in
$299

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HIGHLIGHTS Mono or stereo operation • Four processing modes: De-Noise, De-Reverb, Cascade, and Parallel • in Dual mode, it can analyze two sources to improve the processing results • individual high- and lowfrequency controls for Reverb Time Constant • four adjustable frequency bands with Link button for grouping them • monitor the input, output, or the signal being removed • AAX native, VST, AU • 14-day demo available for download

TARGET MARKET Recording, mix, and mastering engineers

ANALYSIS A sophisticated audio restoration plug-in at an entry-level price.

plugin-alliance.com

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IMPACT SOUNDWORKS
BRAVURA SCORING BRASS
Virtual instrument library
$349

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HIGHLIGHTS Brass ensembles, soloists, and effects played using traditional and extended techniques for free Kontakt Player • recorded from three mic positions (Close, Room A, Room B) with tone controls • idiomatic articulations include marcato, tenuto, legato, trills, and double-tonguing • 20 instrument patches utilizing more than 55,000 samples • Chord Maker and Orchestrator patches for creating ensemble parts • reverb settings

TARGET MARKET Composers, arrangers, orchestrators, musicians

ANALYSIS A full brass library that is also available in smaller instrument subsets that start at $39.

impactsoundworks.com

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NEAT MICROPHONES
KING BEE
Condenser microphone
$199 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Large-diaphragm (1.3"), cardioid condenser mic • Class A discrete amplifier • works with phantom power levels as low as +35V (typical of USB interfaces) • 134dB dynamic range • 87.5dB signal-to-noise ratio • handles up to 140dB SPL • slight presence boost that peaks around 8kHz • metal parts throughout • includes shockmount and removable (snapon) honeycomb-shaped pop filter

TARGET MARKET Musicians, recording engineers, houses of worship, broadcast

ANALYSIS A reasonably priced and solidly built mic that is suitable for nearly any application.

neatmic.com

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WAVES
COBALT SAPHIRA
Harmonic enhancement plug-in
$149

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HIGHLIGHTS Mono and stereo analog-style harmonic processing • Edge (even harmonics) and Warmth (odd harmonics) with Send and Return controls • 4-band EQ • seven harmonics modes that are graphically displayed • tape depth emulation with five different speed controls for adding wow-and-flutter- style modulation effects • Native/SoundGrid • AAX Native, AudioSuite, Audio Units, VST

TARGET MARKET Recording, mixing and live-sound engineers, musicians

ANALYSIS Designed to provide coloration effects similar to those you would get from hardware with solid-state, tube, and transformer components.

waves.com