New Gear: September 2014

Debuts from Dave Smith Instruments, Kenton, Korg, Waves, DigiTech and More
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Dave Smith Instruments
Pro 2
Hybrid keyboard monosynth
$1,999
HIGHLIGHTS
Four digital oscillators and a sub-oscillator • newly designed 4-pole lowpass (a la the Prophet-5) and Oberheimlike 2-pole state-variable analog filters that can be run parallel or in series • multitrack step sequencer (configurable as 32x8 or 16x16) • four CV inputs and outputs plus gate output • 4-voice paraphonic mode • audio input • BBD delay emulation • analog distortion
TARGET MARKET Keyboardists working in the studio and on stage
ANALYSIS A powerful synth that brings back classic analog filter sounds.
davesmithinstruments.com

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Kenton
GPMX-16
Bidirectional GPI-to-MIDI converter
$467
HIGHLIGHTS
Works with the IEEE- 488 General Purpose Interface standard, also known as GPI, typically used with computer-based editing equipment • 16 9-pin GPI inputs and outputs • 5-pin DIN MIDI In and two MIDI Out ports • de-bounce settings • built-in MIDI analyzer • multiple units can be daisychained together • Increment, Decrement, and Select buttons for editing • EEPROM for saving parameter settings
TARGET MARKET Broadcast-level post-production
ANALYSIS A welcome utility device designed for a very specific environment.
kenton.co.uk

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Waves
Abbey Road Collection
Native plug-in bundle
$600
HIGHLIGHTS
Developed with Abbey Road Studios, these plugins include models of classic tube consoles, microphones, tape machines, and effects • the package bundles together several plug-in products, including REDD Consoles, RS56 “Curve Bender” Passive EQ, J37 Tape, King’s Microphones, and Reel ADT • AAX 64-bit/RTAS/AU/VST
TARGET MARKET Engineers and musicians who want top-quality plug-in versions of vintage gear
ANALYSIS A realistic way to get the recognizably British vibe of the kit used in Abbey Road Studios for decades.
waves.com

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DigiTech
Luxe Polyphonic Detune Pedal
Pitch-shifting stompbox
$TBA
HIGHLIGHTS
Features the same polyphonic pitch-shifting algorithm used in the Whammy pedal • variable detune range ±50 cents • adjustable wet/dry mix of detuned signal • true bypass • includes 9VDC power supply • 24-bit/44.1kHz conversion quality
TARGET MARKET Guitarists
ANALYSIS Like the DigiTech Whammy without the pedal, it's designed for fattening up your sound with subtle intonation changes.
digitech.com

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Korg/Detune Ltd.
DSN-12 Analog Synthesizer
Virtual synth for Nintendo 3DS gaming device
$TBA
HIGHLIGHTS
12 monophonic analog-style synthesizers • effects include reverb, delay, compressor, flanger, chorus, and kick • 64- step sequencer • chain together 64 sequences; up to 99 scenes • 3D oscilloscope display with Wave and Lissajous modes • exchange sound and song data locally • can also be used with Nintendo 2DS/3DS XL • available from the Nintendo eShop
TARGET MARKET Gamers who make music
ANALYSIS The follow-up to three other Korg DS-based synths that you play with a stylus.
detune.co.jp

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Zoom
H5 Handy Recorder
Digital portable unit
$269
HIGHLIGHTS
Records four tracks at once • includes x/y stereo capsule • accepts the same interchangeable capsules as the H6 • two phantom-powered XLR inputs • can be used as 4-in/2-out USB audio interface • compressor, limiter, and lowcut filter • supports SD cards up to 32 GB • runs 15 hours on two AA batteries
TARGET MARKET Anyone interested in a 4-channel portable recorder
ANALYSIS Fills the gap between Zoom’s H4, with its non-removable capsules, and the H6, with its removable mics.
zoom-na.com

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Focal
Alpha
Powered studio monitors
$349-$599
HIGHLIGHTS
2-way monitors available in three sizes: Alpha 50, with 5" woofer, 75W total; Alpha 60 with 6.5" woofer, 105W total; Alpha 80 with 8" woofer, 150W total • 1" aluminum inverted-dome tweeter • front-facing bass ports • XLR and RCA inputs • shelving filters • bi-amped Class AB amplifiers • auto-standby mode after 30 minutes of non-use
TARGET MARKET Professional, personal, and multimedia studios
ANALYSIS The most affordable Focal monitors to date, with sizes and prices to fit various needs.
focal-fr.com

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XILS-lab
XILS 4
Software synth
$244
HIGHLIGHTS
Emulation of the EMS VCS4, a prototype-only analog synthesizer featuring side-by-side VCS3s • six pairs of aliasing-free oscillators with wave shaping • includes virtual patching matrix, keyboard, 256-event sequencer, voltage processor, envelope follower, pitch tracker, and sample and hold • effects include ring mod, delay, chorus, phaser, and a spring reverb emulation
TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, and fans of ’70s prog and Krautrock
ANALYSIS The only thing better than having one VCS3 is having two!
xils-lab.com

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Zivix
PUC
WIFI-based MIDI interface for iOS devices
$129
HIGHLIGHTS
Control MIDI devices wirelessly from an iOS device or other device supporting wireless Core MIDI • control iOS synths from external MIDI hardware devices • single MIDI I/O port • iOS devices require PUC Connect app (free) • powered by USB or two AA batteries
TARGET MARKET Tablet and iOS owners
ANALYSIS A convenient way to work with music apps that also solves the issue of connector mismatches with various portable devices.
mipuc.com

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Modartt
Pianoteq 5
Physical-modeling software instrument
$129-$519
HIGHLIGHTS
A collection of physically modeled acoustic and electric pianos • new K2 grand piano • keyboard percussion instruments added • includes historical 18th- and 19th-century keyboards from the Kremsegg Schloss Museum collection • 15 new microphone models provide additional timbral options
TARGET MARKET Composers, arrangers, and keyboard performers
ANALYSIS Physically modeled instruments provide sonic realism that sample-based instrument libraries cannot touch. Pianoteq is a stellar example of this technology.
pianoteq.com

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Applied Acoustic Systems
String Studio VS-2
Physical-modeling stringsynth plug-in
$199
HIGHLIGHTS
Redesigned interface • compressor, limiter, and EQ effects • revamped multi-effects processor • Native 64-bit for AAX/AU/VST • 500 presets by producer Sean Divine • backward compatible with String Studio VS-1 presets • supports Scala scale files for microtonal tuning • free trial available
TARGET MARKET Composers and performers looking for string-based timbres, from bowed and plucked instruments to ambient and pad sounds
ANALYSIS The simplified interface and backward compatibility with version 1 makes this update a nobrainer.
applied-acoustics.com

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Electro-Harmonix
B9 Organ Machine
Organ-emulator stompbox
$293
HIGHLIGHTS
Nine presets that model popular organ tones, including Jazz, Gospel, Cathedral, Classic Rock, Continental, Octaves, Fat and Full, and Bell Organ • modulation-speed control • Click control adds organ-like, harmonic-percussion sound • ability to mix processed sound with unprocessed input • discrete outputs for Dry and Organ • includes AC adapter
TARGET MARKET Guitarists who want to play organ tones without having to use a synth setup
ANALYSIS Classic keyboard tones in a pedal—what’s not to like?
ehx.com

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