New Gear September 2015

New products from Waldorf, Dangeros Music, Heavyocity, and more
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New products from Waldorf, Dangeros Music, Heavyocity, and more
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HEAVYOCITY
GRAVITY: MODERN SCORING TOOLS
Virtual instrument
$449

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HIGHLIGHTS For Native Instruments Kontakt and free Kontakt Player 5 • comes with 12 GB of content from top industry sound designers • includes 2,200 sound sources, 1,200 Kontakt presets, and 800 instrument snapshots • effects include reverb, delay, chorus, distortion, EQ, and filtering • new interface • Motion feature for adding temposynchronized effects • Pattern Chainer • Volume Modulator

TARGET MARKET Composers and sound designers

ANALYSIS A hybrid virtual instrument specifically designed to provide the tools needed for creating cinematic sounds.
heavyocity.com

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LINE 6
HELIX
Guitar processor
$1,499

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HIGHLIGHTS 12 footswitches, each with graphic display and multicolor LED ring • HX modeling engine uses dual DSPs • large color LCD • hands-free editing mode • digital audio and MIDI I/O • Variax port • expression pedal and CV inputs • four assignable effects sends • microphone input • stereo pairs of XLR and 1/4" outputs • USB port • 1/4" stereo aux input

TARGET MARKET Guitarists performing onstage and in the studio

ANALYSIS The newest generation of Line 6 effects modeling available in floor and rack versions.
line6.com

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WALDORF
NAVE (FOR MAC/PC)
Wavetable synthesizer
$199

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HIGHLIGHTS New version supports Audio Units, AAX, VST2.4, and VST3 • runs in 32- and 64-bit to fit your DAW • two wavetable oscillators per voice, as well as the 8-oscillator Überwave • 2- and 4-pole multimode filters • two ring modulators • two LFOs • three envelopes • effects include phaser, flanger, chorus, reverb, compressor, and EQ • arpeggiator • modulation matrix • comes with leads, basses, pads, and other presets

TARGET MARKET Composers and performers

ANALYSIS A welcome computerbased version of Waldorf’s Editors’ Choice Award-winning iOS app.
waldorfmusic.de

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DANGEROUS MUSIC
2-BUS+
Summing mixer
$2,999 street

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HIGHLIGHTS 16-channel rackmount summing mixer with XLR and DSub inputs • three effects: Harmonics control generates tuned harmonic distortion in parallel processing mode (with Blend knob); Paralimit FET limiter is available in parallel processing mode; X-Former integrates two transformers into the mix with a knob for core saturation • the order of the limiter and distortion can be changed

TARGET MARKET Recording and mix engineers, personal studios

ANALYSIS Summing mixer in a convenient size with useful options for adding personality to your mix.
dangerousmusic.com

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SAMPLE LOGIC
CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY
Virtual instrument collection
$599.99

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HIGHLIGHTS Combines the libraries of Cinematic Guitars 1 and 2 with two new libraries: Cinematic Guitars 3 (with samples by guitarist Steve Ouimette) and Infinity • “3D mixer” morphs between as many as eight sound sources within four “soundcores” • Step Animator • Morph Animator • effects include delay, reverb, filters, and distortion • parameter randomization • for Kontakt and free Kontakt 5 Player

TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers

ANALYSIS Extensive sound library with crossgrade pricing for owners of previous Cinematic Guitars releases.
samplelogic.com

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SYNCROARTS
REVOICE PRO 3
Standalone pitch and timeprocessing software
$599

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HIGHLIGHTS Automatic and manual Warp controls for altering the pitch and timing of recorded vocals and instruments • Automatic Performance Transfer for pasting the characteristics of one track to another • doubler effect • ability to adjust inflection for use in ADR situations • Revoice Pro Link plugins and plug-in monitors for Audio Units, RTAS, and VST

TARGET MARKET Producers, engineers, sound designers

ANALYSIS In addition to updated features, the program offers performance and audio quality improvements while supporting more DAWs.
synchroarts.com

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APPLIED ACOUSTICS
STRUM GS-2
Guitar modeling plug-in
$199

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HIGHLIGHTS Models the parts of acoustic and electric guitars: bridge, strings, soundboard, pickups, amp, and speaker cabinet • various strumming capabilities, as well as MIDI loops provided • updated compressor and EQ effects • chord recognition that automatically voices chords as if they were played from a guitar • 32- and 64-bit operation for Audio Units, AAX, RTAS, and VST

TARGET MARKET Composers, performers

ANALYSIS An impressive-sounding update that provides surprisingly realistic guitar articulations that non-guitarists can play from a keyboard controller.
applied-acoustics.com

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PROPELLERHEAD
REASON 8.3
DAW
Free to existing Reason users

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HIGHLIGHTS RV7000 mkII convolution reverb • Quick Zoom using a single key • select master MIDI controller input from the rack view • browse from sequencer or rack view • Version 8.2 added the ability to easily return to previously loaded patches and support for Propellerhead’s collaborative and music-sharing services; Take vocal recorder and Figure virtual instrument sequencer, both for iOS

TARGET MARKET Reason users, beat producers, musicians, composers

ANALYSIS The update is worth it for the convolution reverb alone.
propellerheads.se