New Gear October 2017

New audio and keyboard equipment
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SIMMONS DRUMS
SD2000
Mesh-head electronic drum kit
$1,299 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Heads can be tensioned for playability • Spherical Isolation Mounting System reduces crosstalk • 11" triple-zone snare pad • three 9" dual-zone toms • 9" mesh kick • 12" hats, 13" dual-zone cymbal, and 15" triple-zone ride • sound module includes two additional trigger inputs and allows you to add your own sampled kits • anodized aluminum Hexx rack included • Expansion Pack ($299 street) adds a 9" floor-tom pad and 13" dual-zone cymbal pad

TARGET MARKET Drummers, composers, studio owners

ANALYSIS An affordable full-featured, mesh-headed e-drum kit.
simmonsdrums.net

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MAGIX
SOUND FORGE AUDIO STUDIO 12 DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION
$59; $29 upgrade from earlier versions

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HIGHLIGHTS 64-bit DAW • nondestructive editing modes • vocal tuner • Soft Cut feature • simplified CD track assembly with markers • peak meters • oscilloscope • tuner • correlation and direction metering • frequency-based spectral noise removal ��� vinyl restoration tools include DeNoiser, DeHisser and DeClicker • export files as WMA, mp3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and AAC • video support • bundled with iZotope Ozone Elements 7

TARGET MARKET Professional and personal studios

ANALYSIS A budget DAW that can be used for cleaning and restoring audio for CDs and video projects.
magix.com

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YAMAHA
SESSIONCAKE SC-01 AND SC-02
Headphone mixer and amplifier
$100 and $130

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HIGHLIGHTS Stereo headphone output • stereo aux inputs • SC-01 (red) has mono high-impedance input for guitar or bass • SC-02 (blue) has stereo line input (one jack handles high-z signals), and an XLR mic input with gain control • top-panel controls for headphones, input level, panning, and “Me” • Mute Direct switch • 10 hours operation from two AA batteries

TARGET MARKET Musicians

ANALYSIS Designed for sharing audio in rehearsal or casual recording; eight SessionCakes can be daisy-chained together for working with other musicians.
usa.yamaha.com

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ROLAND
SH-01A
Virtual-analog synth module
$349 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Based on the SH-101 analog monosynth • 4-voice polyphonic • Mono, Unison, and Chord modes • 100-step sequencer can store 64 patterns • 64 patch memory slots • arpeggiator • legato and por-tamento • Note Hold • stereo audio input • headphone jack • CV/gate output • clock input • USB and DIN MIDI I/O • built-in speaker • runs on USB bus power or batteries

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, DJs, musicians

ANALYSIS Part of Roland’s Boutique Series reissues using Analog Circuit Behavior, the SH-01A works with the optional K25m keyboard.
roland.com

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DIGITECH
SDRUM
Drum machine pedal
$199 street

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HIGHLIGHTS Program drum beats from your guitar or using the onboard kick and snare pads • 5 sampled drums kits (including brushes) with 12 hat/ride styles • store 36 songs, each with 3 parts (such as verse, chorus, and bridge) • tempo and level controls • amp output • stereo mixer outs • USB port • accepts external FS3X pedal • JamSync connectivity • uses a 9V DC power supply

TARGET MARKET Guitarists

ANALYSIS Perfect for practicing (alone or with others) or gigging when a real drummer is unavailable or impractical.
digitech.com

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NUMARK
DJ2GO2
USB controller and audio/MIDI interface
$79

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HIGHLIGHTS pocket-sized, 2-channel DJ controller and audio/MIDI interface • crossfader • pitch faders • jog wheels • headphone output for cueing • speaker output • channel and master gain controls • includes Serato DJ Intro software • MIDI mapping for use with other software products • song navigation capabilities • Pad mode

TARGET MARKET DJs, particularly those using mobile devices

ANALYSIS Small enough to fit on a laptop, the DJ2GO2 is designed for plug-and-play simplicity; use it, also, as a low-cost and portable backup controller/interface.
numark.com

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WAVES
CLAVINET
Sample-based virtual instrument
$69

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HIGHLIGHTS Based on the Hohner Clavinet model D6 • works as plug-in or standalone • muted and unmuted samples • presets designed after popular tracks by Steve Wonder, Billy Preston and others • Formant control • auto-wah, phaser, reverb and chorus • 3-band EQ • amp overdrive • mics include tube condenser and dynamic varieties • supports 32-and 64-bit environments • Native Instruments NKS standard for Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, onstage and in studio

ANALYSIS A low-cost way to add another classic sound to your keyboard rig.
waves.com

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EVENTIDE
EURO DDL
Eurorack delay module
$TBA

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HIGHLIGHTS 10 seconds of digital delay at 192kHz sampling rate (160 seconds at 16kHz) • analog lowpass filter and soft saturation • insert loop • +20dB of boost • clock I/O • feedback and mix under manual or CV control • infinite feedback/loop button • Tap/BPM button • Trigger, Kill, and Active CV inputs • relay bypass

TARGET MARKET Modular synth users, composers, sound designers

ANALYSIS An Eventide-quality digital delay with analog boost, filtering and feedback that doesn’t take up much space in a Eurorack case.
eventide.com