New Gear November 2017

New audio and keyboard equipment
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IZOTOPE
SPIRE STUDIO
Digital recorder
$349

HIGHLIGHTS Built-in mic • automatically set recording levels • 8 tracks per project • WiFi connectivity • free iOS app • effects include reverb, delay, and amp models • zero latency monitoring • battery powered • two combo jacks, +48V phantom power and Grace Design preamps • automatically synchronizes tracks between software and hardware • export recordings for use in a DAW or upload to iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other online storage platforms

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TARGET MARKET Songwriters, music instructors, students

ANALYSIS A highly portable way to capture inspiration when it strikes.
spire.live

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ROYER LABS
R-10
Ribbon microphone
$499 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Designed for studio and stage • 2.5-micron ribbon element identical to the one in the R-121 mic • custom transformer • wired to reject electromagnetically induced noise • accepts SPLs up to 160 dB at 1 kHz • 3-layer windscreen reduces proximity effect • includes mic mount, foam-lined aluminum case, and protective cover

TARGET MARKET Pro engineers, home recordists, musicians, schools

ANALYSIS Royer’s entry-level ribbon mic is designed for a wide range of sources, from guitar amps, vocals and brass to drums, bowed strings and piano.
royerlabs.com

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IK MULTIMEDIA
IRIG KEYS I/O
49-and 25-key MIDI controller and audio interface
$299, $199

HIGHLIGHTS 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution • combo input accepts line, instrument, and mic input with Class A preamp and phantom power • balanced stereo output • 3.5mm headphone jack • velocity sensitive pads • touch-sensitive sliders, buttons, and knobs • 2 programmable touch strips • supports iOS devices • Lightning and USB ports • power via USB, AA batteries, or optional PSU • includes software bundle, batteries, DIN-to-USB, Mini-DIN-to-Lightning cable, and a stand for iPhone/iPad

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TARGET MARKET Composers and performers

ANALYSIS A low-cost and versatile controller/interface for mobile recording and playing.
irigkeys.io

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EASTWEST
VOICES OF THE EMPIRE
Virtual instrument
$TBA

HIGHLIGHTS Features samples of vocalist Uyanga Bold, who has toured with Hans Zimmer in The Dark Knight live performances • dozens of Bulgarian, Mongolian, and Western-style, multisampled vocal instruments • two Mongolian legato vocal instruments and one traditional legato instrument • expressive phrases in every key • free to members of the EastWest ComposerCloud or for purchase

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TARGET MARKET Composers, sound designers, musicians

ANALYSIS Created for anyone who needs exotic, cinematic vocals for television, film, or game audio.
soundsonline.com