New Gear: November 2016 - EMusician

New Gear: November 2016

Products from Native Instruments, Tascam, Spitfire Audio, and more!
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AUTEN AUDIO

LA-220/LA-120
Condenser microphones
$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.

lautenaudio.com

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ALTERNATE MODE

DITI 2.0
Drum trigger interface
$499

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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.

alternatemode.com

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SPITFIRE AUDIO
NORTH 7 VINTAGE KEYS
Virtual instrument
$299

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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.

spitfireaudio.com

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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS
KOMPLETE 11
Software instrument/effects suite
$199, $599, $1,199

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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.

native-instruments.de

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WAVES
WAVES TUNE
Real-time pitch correction plug-in
$199

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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.

waves.com

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SUNHOUSE
SENSORY PERCUSSION
Drum transducers
$699

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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.

sunhou.se

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TASCAM
MINISTUDIO PERSONAL US-32 AND CREATOR US-42
USB audio interfaces for podcasting
$129, $179 street

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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.

tascam.com

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TOWNSEND LABS
SPHERE L22
Microphone modeling system
$1,799

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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.

townsendlabs.com