$349, $249 street
HIGHLIGHTS Designed for vocals, the LA-220 is a large-diaphragm, cardioid condenser mic with a 1" diaphragm, JFET amplifier, transformer-balanced output, lowcut (120Hz) and highcut (12kHz) filters, and shockmount • The LA- 120 provides a pair of condenser mics with interchangeable capsules (cardioid and omni included), lowcut (50 and 150Hz) and highcut (10 and 15kHz) filters, JFET amplifiers, transformer-balanced output, mic clips, and wooden box
TARGET MARKET Recording engineers
ANALYSIS High-quality mics priced for the personal studio.
Drum trigger interface
HIGHLIGHTS The Drum Intelligent Trigger Interface (DITI) 2.0 works with Alternate Mode’s FSR pads and supports piezo triggers, membrane switch pads, and electronic cymbals, among other devices • accepts 24 trigger inputs • premapped sounds • 32 notes and gate control per pad • built-in MIDI equalizer and mixer • velocity can be mapped to CCs, Pitch Bend, and note shift • patch programmer • remote editing
TARGET MARKET Drummers, producers, engineers
ANALYSIS A sophisticated MIDI percussion interface that supports a wide range of input devices.
NORTH 7 VINTAGE KEYS
HIGHLIGHTS Sample-based virtual keyboard for Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player, offering Fender Rhodes 73 MkI, Rhodes Piano Bass, Hohner Clavinet, and Wurlizer EP200A from Britain’s North Seven Studios • uses Spitfire’s eDNA sound warping engine • motorized effects • virtual DI, mic, and amp choices • 100-plus presets • needs 16.4 GB of disk space • education discount available
TARGET MARKET Producers, keyboardists, songwriters
ANALYSIS A collection of classic electro-mechanical keyboards, including the rarely sampled Piano Bass.
Software instrument/effects suite
$199, $599, $1,199
HIGHLIGHTS Introduces new lowcost bundle, Komplete 11 Select • new Form synth • Komplete 11 includes Form and 6 other new instruments • Komplete 11 Ultimate adds Form, Flesh, Symphony Essentials (woodwind, brass, and string libraries), and other instruments, such as Una Corda, Reaktor 6, and Reaktor Blocks • Komplete 11 and Komplete 11 Ultimate delivered on a hard drive
TARGET MARKET Producers, composers, musicians
ANALYSIS With three price levels and many new instruments, this musthave software suite is even harder to resist.
Real-time pitch correction plug-in
HIGHLIGHTS Automatic, low-latency vocal tuning for studio and stage (via MultiRack SoundGrid) • formant correction with control over the percentage of change • real-time and programmable MIDI control • selectable scale, vocal range (from Bass to Soprano), and tuning standard • parameters for controlling vibrato, correction speed, note transition, and tuning offset/tolerance (in both Cents and Time increments)
TARGET MARKET Vocalists, producers, studio, and concert mix engineers
ANALYSIS A low-cost way to add automatic tuning capabilities to your DAW or live-sound rig.
HIGHLIGHTS Phantom-powered, multi-sensor transducers with XLR outputs designed to plug into any audio interface • software analyzes the incoming signal and determines the location and type of strike: It can sense different parts of the head, rim shots, and cross-sticking, and volume level of strike • the software supports 4 sensors • tough nylon housing for the transducers
TARGET MARKET Drummers, producers
ANALYSIS A sophisticated system for mapping 10 sound regions to each drum, with the ability to blend between them.
MINISTUDIO PERSONAL US-32 AND CREATOR US-42
USB audio interfaces for podcasting
$129, $179 street
HIGHLIGHTS Supports 24-bit, 96kHz audio with Mac/Win/iOS • USB 2.0 • USB bus-powered • audio-file (WAV or mp3) trigger pads; 3 sounds included • vocal effects • illuminated On Air button • software provides EQ, compressor, reverb • US-32 has built-in mic, phantom-powered XLR/TRS combo jack, stereo minijack input • US-42 adds second mic input, RCA line outputs with level control, DAW-interface mode
TARGET MARKET Podcasters, AV production
ANALYSIS A well thought-out set of audio media tools for personal studios.
Microphone modeling system
HIGHLIGHTS A high-resolution, dual-channel, large-diaphragm condenser mic that works in conjunction with a DSP plug-in to physically model a variety of popular, vintage large-diaphragm condenser mics and polar patterns • works while tracking and in post-production • supports AAX Native, AU, VST, and Universal Audio UAD-2 • Off-Axis Correction tool for mitigating bleed and room coloration • supports stereo recording
TARGET MARKET Recording engineers
ANALYSIS An interesting combination of technologies we look forward to hearing more about.