2007 Frankfurt Musikmesse/Pro Light+Sound Report
This show report by senior editor Gino Robair covers key new products shown at this year's Musikmesse/Pro Light+Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany. Don't miss it! Read it now.
AKG has two new vocal microphones: the C5 condenser and the D5 dynamic. The C5 has a 24-carat gold-sputtered housing plus a removable presence-boost adapter, whereas the D5 dynamic includes Laminate Varimotion diaphragm technology for smooth frequency response and the highest gain-before-feedback. Both mics feature a dent-resistant spring steel, wire-mesh grille cap; rugged zinc-alloy die-cast housing; an integrated shock-absorber system; gold-plated XLR output connectors; a vinyl carrying bag; and a stand adapter.
ASK Video Interactive Media now offers Editors Keys ($17.99), keyboard stickers designed to transform a standard computer keyboard (both Mac and PC) into an audio editing one. The color-grouped keys display your DAW's program shortcut icons, key letters, and text references that describe what each tool is. Editors Keys are available for Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, and Cakewalk Sonar.
Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.1 of FreqAnalyst Pro. The updated DirectX and VST plug-in offers improvements such as faster skin loading, reduced memory consumption, increased offset range, and Skinning Language 1.3.1 support. Version 1.1 is free for registered users; for first-time buyers, the plug-in is now approximately $55 separately or $89 as part of the Blue Cat Analysis Pack. Visit Blue Cat's Web site to learn more about FreqAnalyst Pro, to download a demo, to get free tutorials and skins, or to upgrade to version 1.1.
Medley ($1,799) is Disc Makers' new all-in-one DVD/CD disc publisher. The automated disc printing and burning system has a 50-disc capacity and features an 18x DVD, 48x CD drive; a built-in 4,800 dpi inkjet printer with graphics software for printing directly on discs; USB 2.0 connectivity; iTunes and Windows Media Player integration for CD ripping; and protective housing with a small desktop footprint. Medley will begin shipping in May 2007.
Ducks Deluxe has introduced the Musicians Copyright Notebook ($19.95), which includes everything you need to register the copyright of your songs: official U.S. government forms with instructions for proper filing; example forms already filled in by a copyright attorney; guides on basic information, sound recording, and written manuscripts; Web links to the Copyright Office where you can fill out PDF forms; and additional copyrighting resources.
Get a sensible update to an "odd" instrument: GForce Software's Oddity soft synth, now a Universal Binary version, is available for free to users who purchased and registered the instrument after October 1, 2006. If you purchased your Oddity before that date, you will need to update to the Universal Binary version for $26.00.