1. BEST SERVICE/KEEPFOREST
AIZERX MODERN DESIGNER TOOLKIT, AIZERX TRAILER SFX DESIGNER TOOLKIT
Sound design software
$299 and $399
HIGHLIGHTS Fully customizable sound libraries featuring signals, alarms, risers, benders, whooshes, transitions, and much more • smart sample randomization features to create unique content • synth-style parameters include filters, LFOs, 4-stage envelopes, x/y expression pad, and various sample-playback modes • Modern Designer includes drum kits such as Trap, Hip-hop, and Modern Hybrid • full version of Kontakt 5.8 recommended
TARGET MARKET Composers, media professionals
ANALYSIS Two software packages providing pro-level content and features that even beginners and inexperienced sound designers can use.
Electronic drum kit
HIGHLIGHTS 8-piece kit with mesh-head drum pads: 8” dual-zone snare, three 8” toms, kick-drum pad, and three 10” cymbals • crash-cymbal pad includes choke sensing • hi-hat pedal • 4-post aluminum rack • Nitro drum module has 40 drums kits (385 drum and cymbal sounds), 60 play-along tracks, metronome, sequencer, performance recorder, and aux input for use with external playback devices • package includes connection cables, drum key, power supply, and sticks
TARGET MARKET Musicians, studios
ANALYSIS An affordable way to get the realistic acoustic-drum feel of mesh heads.
USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
$449 and $499
HIGHLIGHTS 49-or 61-key models • includes Analog Lab 3 software instruments • 4 CV outputs • 1 CV input with CV-to-MIDI converter • two customizable chord modes • 9 assignable knobs, sliders, and RGB buttons with three banks for each • 16 multifunction RGB pads • sustain, expression, and 3 auxiliary pedal inputs • metal pitch and mod wheels • Mackie HUI support • DAW commands with magnetic overlays • available in black or white
TARGET MARKET Composers, producers, musicians
ANALYSIS A significant feature upgrade of a handy, portable controller.
Software sampling/synthesis workstation
$199 (upgrade from version 1, $99)
HIGHLIGHTS New features include the Granular oscillator and the Spinal Saw oscillator (the latter is capable of producing 11 detuned sawtooth waves simultaneously, and each voice can have four of these oscillators) • 9 effects slots; 4 per voice • import samples • customizable Wild-page macros • extensive modulation and modifier routings • follows DAW automation • supports AAX, AU, VST and Linux VST
TARGET MARKET Musicians, sound designers, media composers
ANALYSIS A unique instrument that now lets you get deeper into programming than in version 1.
5. KV331 AUDIO
Wavetable synth for iOS
HIGHLIGHTS Support for MPE and Bluetooth MIDI LE controllers • stereo oscillators • 16-voice polyphony or unison • drag and drop new wavetable files using Files app (in iOS 11) • 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer • microtuning • supports Audiobus, Interapp Audio, Ableton Link and AUv3 • 500 factory presets (more available via in-app purchase) • presets are interchangeable with desktop version of SynthMaster One • share presets using AirDrop, Mail or other iOS applications
TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, sound designers
ANALYSIS Robust feature set in a wavetable synth on the iOS platform.
AUTOTRIG AND TATAT
Event generators for Max for Live
HIGHLIGHTS Audio-driven devices for Ableton Live’s Max for Live • using Live 10’s multichannel feature, Auto-Trig is a 4-track MIDI Notes generator; each track has its own time and trigger parameters; includes Push 2 template • TATAT takes 4 notes and 3 time resolutions, and uses probability to determine combinations; user adjustable probability and intervals; processing and MIDI export options • both devices include instruments, clips and presets
TARGET MARKET Beat producers, musicians
ANALYSIS Two unique ways to create unusual patterns.
7. IMPACT SOUNDWORKS
ACOUSTIC REVOLUTIONS 3
Acoustic guitar rhythm library
HIGHLIGHTS Available in WAV version or as Kontakt-based virtual instrument (requires full version of Kontakt) • 48 strummed rhythm patterns • over a dozen chord types • intelligent chord detection • 3 fretting modes • 2 rhythm selection modes • onboard mixer offers double-tracking, fret noise volume, analog-modeled EQ, and custom impulse responses for the convolution reverb • A/B variations • includes falls, stops, and chokes
TARGET MARKET Media composers, songwriters
ANALYSIS A huge collection of phrases, loops, and endings that can be easily assembled into realistic arrangements.
8. ZEN AUD.IO
Real-time looping environment for Mac OS
HIGHLIGHTS Lite version of ALK2 • pedal-free audio/MIDI looping workstation designed for solo performers • 12 tracks per project • audio and instrument (soft synth) tracks • MIDI loop quantizing • pitch shift/change offset • VST/AU • magnetic note repeat • hardware interface—2 in, 2 out • 1 in, 1 out per track • 1 MIDI controller per project • hover auditioning feature • capture and script automation • track pad support • panic mode
TARGET MARKET Musicians, producers, DJs
ANALYSIS An affordable way to use the real-time looping features of the ALK2 workstation.