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YAMAHA
VOCALOID 5

Vocal synthesis software
$244/$390

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HIGHLIGHTS Two versions available: Standard (4 voicebanks) and Premium (8 voicebanks) • male and female voices • Japanese and English languages • works as VST and AU plug-in, and in standalone mode • Vocaloid 4.5 Editor for Cubase • 2,000 drag-and-drop audio and phrase presets • create custom phrases • 3 new vocal expression parameters • style function • “Cool” and “Cute” parameters • 11 effects

TARGET MARKET Producers, composers, musicians

ANALYSIS This is the first major upgrade in four years of this powerful vocal synth.

vocaloid.com

 

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PEARL/KORG
E/MERGE

Electronic drum kits
$3,999-$4,199

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HIGHLIGHTS Combines Korg’s Wave Trigger Technology and Pearl’s PureTouch pad system with the MDL1 sound module containing samples of Pearl drums • two 5-piece configurations available: e/Hybrid with an 18 x 12” acoustic bass drum, and e/Traditional with a kick-pad • pad sizes: 10”, 12”, 14” toms; 14” snare • includes 18” 3-zone ride-cymbal pad, 15” 2-zone crash, and 14” 2-zone hi-hat pads • comes with Icon e-rack

TARGET MARKET Drummers, studios, houses of worship, schools

ANALYSIS An interesting teamup featuring new e-drum technology.

pearlemerge.com

 

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ARTURIA
DRUMBRUTE IMPACT

Analog drum machine
$349

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HIGHLIGHTS 8 pads • 10 sounds: kick, two snares, high and low tom, cymbal, cowbell, closed and open hi-hats, FM drum • mix output • 4 additional outputs • color layer for adding dynamics in real time • switchable distortion • 64-step sequencer with song-assembly capabilities • functions include Randomness, Swing, Step Repeater, Roller and Accents • record with or without quantization • MIDI I/O • Clock I/O • USB

TARGET MARKET Beat producers, DJs

ANALYSIS Smaller than other Arturia analog gear, this is a drum machine to keep an eye on.

arturia.com

 

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ROLAND
AEROPHONE GO

Digital wind instrument
$499

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HIGHLIGHTS Uses traditional sax fingerings • mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor • 11 onboard sounds: saxes (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), flute, clarinet, synth lead and violin • Bluetooth-enabled • battery powered • USB port • headphone jack • Bite Control switch • transposition knob • reverb • free Aerophone Go Ensemble app supports 7 players linked wirelessly; 19 sounds for each player to choose from • free Aerophone Go Plus app

TARGET MARKET Musicians

ANALYSIS A low-cost wind controller for any level of player.

roland.com