New Gear October 2015

New products from Electro-Harmonix, PreSonus, Steinberg, and more
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Dual stereo looper

HIGHLIGHTS Provides two uncompressed audio tracks that can be used in series or parallel • Loop A and Loop B switches • programmable third switch • Reverse and Octave buttons • Quantize and Free-Form modes • tap tempo • 100 loop banks • built-in drum loops • 1/4" and phantom-powered mic inputs • SDHC slot accepts up to 32GB cards • power adapter included • optional footswitch is $117

TARGET MARKET Instrumentalists and engineers

ANALYSIS Stereo looping with all the modern conveniences of USB for backup and storage.


Virtual instrument

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HIGHLIGHTS Four brass choirs: trumpet, trombones, French horns, and Wagner tubas • each choir has four players and offers control over individual voices • first three ensembles include notes using straight mutes • user control over stereo position, volume, and timbral characteristics of each instrument • includes free Vienna Instruments player

TARGET MARKET Composers, arrangers, performing artists

ANALYSIS High-quality brass library that was designed to complement the Vienna Dimension Brass I instrument collection.


Mic preamp and converter
$699 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Eight digitally controlled XMAX Class A mic preamps • individually switchable phantom power • rear-panel I/O • mic/line inputs on XLR jacks • mic and line inputs, direct and DAC outputs on DB25 connectors • 24-bit, 96kHz resolution • eight channels of ADAT optical I/O • Word Clock and MIDI I/O • uses Burr-Brown A/D/A converters

TARGET MARKET Pro and home studios, education, houses of worship

ANALYSIS Designed for standalone use or integration with other PreSonus products, such as the Studio 192 audio interface.


Digital audio workstation
$1,800 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Audiokinetic Wwise game-design middleware integration • VCA faders • ReConform edit-to-picture alignment • video-text overlay for ADR • Render Export • Render in Place • multiband expander • multiband envelope shaper • includes VST Bass Amp, Quadrafuzz v2, Padshop, HALion Sonic SE 2, and many plug-in updates • redesigned track list and inspector • can import session data

TARGET MARKET Recording engineers, musicians, game audio developers

ANALYSIS The new features in this professional-level DAW include workflow enhancements for game audio and other multimedia projects.


Stereo digital delay
$299 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 12 types of delay, including emulations of vintage models such as the Roland SDE- 2000 and SDE-3000, and Boss DD-2 • independent phrase looper • 4-band semi-parametric EQ • modulation and ducking • pitch shift • filtering • expression pedal input • standard MIDI I/O • USB port for backup and computer control • large LCD • runs on AA batteries or AC

TARGET MARKET Instrumentalists

ANALYSIS A powerful and pedalboard-friendly delay that is easy to use but offers deep programmability.


Multitrack digital recorder

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HIGHLIGHTS Records 8 channels plus stereo mix track • 8 mic/line inputs on combo jacks with individual level controls and switchable phantom power (+24V and +48V) per channel • 16- and 24-bit, 192kHz resolution BWF files • MP3 file recording • onboard mixer • timecode generator and jam sync • standard drop and non-drop-frame rates • level meters • 2.4" backlit color LCD • weighs 2.1 lbs without batteries

TARGET MARKET Filmmakers, sound designers, live recording and studio engineers

ANALYSIS Plenty of recording capabilities in a surprisingly compact device.


Microphone for kick drum or bass amp
$179 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 6.5" dynamic driver • bi-directional polar pattern • frequency response rated at 25 Hz to 3 kHz • XLR output jack • in-line pad • 7" diameter • 3.5" thick • 4.1 lbs. • available in black or white Tolex-wrapped fiberboard shell with aluminum grille • includes 1-year warranty

TARGET MARKET Recording and live sound engineers, musicians

ANALYSIS Designed to capture and enhance the low frequencies on bass drum or bass cabinets in the studio or onstage.


MPD218, MPD226, AND MPD232
Pad controllers
$199, $299, $399

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HIGHLIGHTS 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads • iOS compatibility • the MPD218 is USB-powered and offers note repeat, full-level triggering, 16 presets, and 18 assignable controls in 3 banks • the MPD226 adds 4 faders, MPC swing, MIDI I/O, and transport controls • the MPD232 includes a 64-channel, 32-step sequencer; 8 Q-link faders, knobs, and buttons; 30 presets; and 72 assignable controls in 3 banks

TARGET MARKET Musicians, beat producers

ANALYSIS Portable yet powerful MPC-style controllers with updated pads.