New Gear: October 2014

Debuts From IK Multimedia, Akai, Korg, Spitfire, and More
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JamTec
Stic Mic
Microphone clamp
$39.95
HIGHLIGHTS Compact, lightweight, and sturdy mic clamp with padded jaws that you can attach to drums, percussion, and other instruments • wide range of mic positioning • isolates mic from instrument vibration • can be mounted horizontally or vertically • includes 5/8-27 threaded adapter • available in a 4-pack for $99.95 • made in the USA
TARGET MARKET Recording and live-sound engineers
ANALYSIS Allows you to quickly position a mic out of the path of drum hits.
jamtec.com

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Korg
SDD-3000
Digital delay pedal
$399.99 street
HIGHLIGHTS Reproduction of the classic rackmount SDD-3000 digital delay in a pedal format • delay range from 1 to 4,000 ms • 1/4" stereo I/O • MIDI I/O • expression pedal input • 8 types of delay • 80 programmable presets • several modulation waveforms and filters • tap tempo • preamp circuit • input and output attenuators • two bypass modes
TARGET MARKET Guitarists who want classic, ’80s delay sounds onstage and in the studio
ANALYSIS Designed to sound like the original, but with modern features.
korg.com

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PreSonus
AudioBox iTwo Studio Recording Kit
All-in-one DAW package
$259.95
HIGHLIGHTS
USB 2.0, 24-bit/96kHz interface with two Class A mic preamps, MIDI I/O, and balanced 1/4" TRS line outputs • switchable line- and instrument-level inputs • includes large-diaphragm condenser mic with cable and headphones • software includes Capture Duo for iPad and Studio One Artist 2
TARGET MARKET Personal studio, mobile recording, education facilities
ANALYSIS The i-series AudioBox handles mic, line, and instrument-level input—a great fit for use with the included recording software.
presonus.com

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Expert Sleepers
Disting
Multifunction Eurorack module
$170
HIGHLIGHTS
Provides 16 features in one module • VCO, with linear FM or waveshaping • dual waveshaper • clockable echo/delay • full-wave rectifier • precision adder with voltage offsets • slew rate limiter • sample-and-hold with noise source • pitch and envelope tracker • quantizer • two types of LFOs • comparator with adjustable hysteresis • linear/exponential converter • 4-quadrant multiplier • minimum/maximum controller
TARGET MARKET Eurorack modular synth users
ANALYSIS I cannot think of another module that packs as many useful features behind a 4HP panel.
expert-sleepers.co.uk

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IK Multimedia
SampleTank 3
Software sample player
$199.99-$349.99
HIGHLIGHTS
ROMpler-style software instrument offering 4,000 sounds divided among 21 categories, 2,500 audio loops, and 2,000 MIDI patterns • Play, Mix, and Edit windows • builtin MIDI player • pitch-shifting and time stretching capabilities • 55 effects • round-robin sample playback • tiered pricing for owners of other IK Multimedia software
TARGET MARKET Musicians and producers working in the studio or onstage
ANALYSIS A mature product that provides a wealth of sampled instruments, grooves, and loops at a reasonable price.
sampletank.com

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Cerwin-Vega
P-Series P1000X
Powered loudspeaker
$1,169 each
HIGHLIGHTS
2-way, bi-amped, active speaker with 10" woofer and 1.75" tweeter • 1,000W Class D amp • built-in 3-channel mixer accepts XLR and TRS connections • highpass filter and bass boost • scalable from clubs to larger venues by daisy-chaining additional P1000X cabinets • can be used as a floor monitor
TARGET MARKET Small- to medium-sized venues and installation use
ANALYSIS The P1000X was engineered to be lightweight and easy to setup and carry.
cerwin-vega.com

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Fiedler Audio
AD 480 Pro
Reverb for iOS
$14.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Audio recording, playback, and offline processing • import/export capabilities • 108 presets • variable room size • supports sample rates from 44.1 to 96 kHz • routing matrix offers 24 input and output channels • preset file sharing • MIDI support • latency as low at 64 samples • Audiobus 2.1.1 integration • Free and Basic ($3.99) versions available
TARGET MARKET Studio and live-sound engineers, musicians
ANALYSIS Inspired by the Lexicon 480L digital reverb, this app brings pro-level reverb features to the iOS platform.
fiedler-audio.com

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Numark
NV Controller
DJ controller
$699.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Provides four decks of control for included Serato DJ software and Toolroom Remix Pack • two 5" dual-zone platters • 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with 10 performance modes • touch-activated controls for the effects • 3-mode filter on each channel • BPM meters and sync button • 24-bit USB 2.0 interface • two full-color screens • XLR outputs • RCA I/O • 1/4" mic input
TARGET MARKET Producers and DJs
ANALYSIS A complete, state-of-the-art DJ system in one package.
numark.com

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Starr Labs
AirPower 3
Wireless MIDI system
$399 street
HIGHLIGHTS
Receives signals up to 250’ away (line of sight) from the transmitter, according to the manufacturer • compatible with any MIDI-over-USB device that requires USB power • rechargeable power supply • 6 hours of device power from the 4000 maH Li-ion battery
TARGET MARKET Musicians who need to work wirelessly in the studio and onstage
ANALYSIS A small, compact system designed to get those pesky MIDI cables out of the picture.
starrlabs.com

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Modulus
modulus.002
Hybrid analog/digital synthesizer
$5,200
HIGHLIGHTS
multitimbral, 5-voice polyphonic synth with two oscillators and one LFO per voice • sub oscillators • morphable 4-pole filter • 5-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with Aftertouch • 4 performance modes • joystick • 16-track, 32- step sequencer that can sync to MIDI • Hold mode • Animator feature • XLR and TRS outputs • stereo audio inputs • discrete output for each voice available on D-sub connector • Ethernet port
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists and composers
ANALYSIS A promising new entry in the high-end keyboard polysynth market.
modulus.me

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Akai Pro
iMPC Pro
MPC-style app for iPad
$19.99
HIGHLIGHTS
Multitouch production workflow (including swing modes) inspired by the classic hardware MPC instruments • 64 tracks, with timeline view, mixing and automation • audition, slice, and edit samples • effects • create samples from your iTunes library, the iPad mic, and audio from other apps • upload tracks directly to the Web
TARGET MARKET Producers, DJs, and musicians with iPads
ANALYSIS Step it up by connecting Akai’s MPC Element pad controller using the Camera Connection Kit.
akaipro.com

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Spitfire Audio
Hans Zimmer Percussion Los Angeles Featuring Jason Bonham
Virtual instrument
$338
HIGHLIGHTS
Features Bonham playing a DW Vistalite kit and synth percussion created by Zimmer • wide variety of instruments, kit setups, mic configurations (including 5.1 surround) and ambiences • GM Performance Kit • Recorded at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox Film Studios and the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage • uses NI Kontakt Player
TARGET MARKET Composers, arrangers, and musicians
ANALYSIS A continuation of Zimmer’s ever-expanding, highly personalized, and high-quality percussion sample library.
spitfireaudio.com

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Future Retro
Swynx
Synchronization device
$180
HIGHLIGHTS
Converts MIDI messages into DIN Sync, MIDI Clock, (Roland) CR-78, or analog clock output on a TRS jack • Reset output signal available • MIDI In/Out ports • DIN Sync output • controls for Time Signature with shuffle levels and Swing amount • 12 time signature/swing-interval pairings • includes 9VDC power supply •
TARGET MARKET Synth players, drum machine users, DJs
ANALYSIS A great solution for adding shuffle and swing to drum machines that don’t provide it.
future-retro.com

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Waves
SoundGrid Studio
DSP system
Price varies depending on configuration
HIGHLIGHTS
Provides real-time processing and networking with compatible Waves and select third-party plug-ins • low-latency monitoring • includes SoundGrid application, eMotion ST Mixer, and SoundGrid ASIO/CoreAudio driver • compatible with most popular DAW hosts • provides Ethernet connectivity and expansion options • DSP processing can be performed by a SoundGrid DSP server rather than your host computer
TARGET MARKET Pro and personal studios
ANALYSIS Designed for production environments where high-quality processing and routing flexibility are crucial.
waves.com

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Novation
Launch Control XL
Control surface
$199 street
HIGHLIGHTS
Designed with Ableton Live in mind • controller also works with most major DAWs and MIDI-compatible iOS apps • 24 knobs, 16 buttons, and 8 faders • knob layout reflects Live’s mixer interface • two template-switch buttons • USB bus powered • includes software editor and Ableton Live Lite
TARGET MARKET Musicians, DJs, producers
ANALYSIS Designed to provide a complete and highly portable controller system for Live when paired with Novation’s Launchpad S to control session view.
us.novationmusic.com

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Dave Smith Instruments
DSM01 Curtis Filter
Eurorack module
$179 street
HIGHLIGHTS
Features switchable 2-pole (-12dB/octave) and 4-pole (-24dB/octave) lowpass filter • integrated VCA • independent filter outputs before and after VCA circuit • CV inputs for frequency, resonance, and VCA • Boost switch for introducing harmonic distortion • 8HP wide
TARGET MARKET Modular synthesizer owners
ANALYSIS The classic Curtis chip sound (made famous in the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Pro-One, as well as the Oberheim Expander and Korg MonoPoly, among others) is now available for your Eurorack system.
davesmithinstruments.com

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