ToolBox : February 2010

Roland SP-404SX What Linear wave sampler Why Offers 44.1kHz/16-bit sound quality, improved DSP effects, a more versatile pattern sequencer, and easier data management.

Roland SP-404SX

What Linear wave sampler
Why Offers 44.1kHz/16-bit sound quality, improved DSP effects, a more versatile pattern sequencer, and easier data management.
How Includes 29 DSP effects (filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper) that switch seamlessly for a smooth performance. Twelve trigger pads, three control knobs, and a Sub Pad for rapid triggering allow DJs, musicians, and sound engineers to trigger samples and jingles, and apply effects on the fly at a club, gig, or theater.
Price $465

Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-in Bundle


What Reverb plug-ins
Why Provides seven Lexicon reverb algorithms that are designed to deliver the highest level of sonic quality and function while offering all the flexibility of native plug-ins.
How It includes unique plug-ins for each reverb including: Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall, and Chamber, and comes with over 950 studio presets.
Price $1,899

ProducerLoops Pop Dan Sik


What Pop loops and samples
Why It blends electronic vibes with euro dance flavors and club hall Top 40.
How The kits are presented in ACID/WAV and Apple Loops formats. Each kit contains a full sample mix plus all of the elements separated. This collection also includes single hit samples in Battery 2, Kontakt 2, E-mu, Halion, and SoundFont formats.
Price $22

Waves Vocal Rider


What Plug-in for mixing
Why Sets steady vocal and dialog levels automatically.
How The user sets the target range of the vocal level in relation to the rest of the mix. Vocal Rider then compensates for all deviations from the target, raising or lowering the vocal volume, instantly. Unlike compression, Vocal Rider adds no coloration to the track.
Price $400 Native, $800 TDM


 Yamaha DTX-Multi 12

What Electronic percussion pad
Why Responds to the dynamics of a drummer’s performance and the staggered layout makes it easy to hit the right pad.
How Split-level multi-pad that adapts sound technology from the flagship Motif XS synthesizer and the DTXTREME III drum trigger module, and lets drummers and percussionists enjoy three modes of play: with sticks, hands, or fingers.
Price $899

Voxengo GlissEQ 3.0


What Dynamic equalizer plug-in
Why Boosting up the highs will not create the fatiguing effect of overload; boosting up the lows will not make things sound mushy. Instead, you get a transient-emphasizing effect bringing life and dimension to your tracks.
How Filters with dynamic behavior, realtime spectrum analysis, up to 32 filter bands, internal channel routing, and 64-bit floating point processing.
Price $99, $59 for upgrade


JZ Vintage Microphone Series

What Vintage-style microphones
Why New microphone line with a unique design and the wellknown vintage sound.
Series The new mics have a flask shape with built in shockmount and unique capsule. JZ has three different models, the V- 67, V-47, and V-12. Each mic is intended to have a vintage sound reminiscent of the U67, U47, and C-12.
Price TBD

Square State Solid State Equalizer model one b

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What Hardware EQ
Why Combines inductor-based topology with a high-speed op amp design.
How Low, mid, and high bands offer a substantial amount of cut/boost (nearly 20dB) at useful frequencies (six per band), while still behaving musically when pushed to extremes. The switchable low and high frequency bands offer bell and shelf shapes for maximum versatility.
Price TBD