ARX USB DI
What USB digital-to-analog interface.
Why A “plug and play” digital-to-analog pro audio interface that removes the need to use existing computer soundcard outputs.
How Features transformer-balanced output isolation to minimize ground loops, extraneous interaction noise/hum, and distortion, as well as promote a cleaner sound with minimal artifacts.
FXpansion BFD Oak Custom Expansion Kit
What High-end Yamaha Oak Custom drum kit and Bamboo snare.
Why The crack and strong tone of the included Yamaha Bamboo snare makes it very easy to place in a mix.
How Oak is great material for a drum shell; it resonates with a solid fundamental, delivering awesome power when played. Consequently, the toms sound very full-bodied and the bass drum offers a devastating low-end response. This expansion kit offers a wide variety of recordings including sticks, mallets, brushes, and hotrods on toms, along with two beater types for the kick.
Price $50 (download only) for registered BFD2 owners.
Nucleus SoundLab Synthetic Kits
What Advanced drum synthesis ReFill for Propellerhead’s Reason.
Why Instead of retreading the same old electronic drum sounds, Synthetic Kits uses FM synthesis, formants, granular synthesis, etc. to create kits that are suitable for a wide variety of genres.
How Presented in Combinator format, Synthetic Kits uses Thor, Malstrom and SubTractor to create these kits from scratch. As these kits are composed out of Reason synths, you can tweak them into totally new sounds using their fully-mapped Combinator and Thor knobs.
Audiofile Engineering FiRe
What Field recorder built for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.
Why Audio pros can now use this mobile platform for serious field recording with an accurate realtime waveform display, audio markers, and instant downloading/ uploading of audio files.
How FiRe supports stereo recording with external microphones such as the Blue Mikey.
When using the internal mic, the screen rotates 180 degrees, allowing better device positioning. Also included: accurate VU meters for input and output signals, a moveable playback head, configurable time units, the ability to tag recordings with locations data, and an overdub mode for layering tracks.
T-RackS 3 Singles
What Individual processor plug-in modules.
Why With the recession in full effect, you can now purchase only the plug-ins you need. Instead of killing your wallet with package deals, you can now pick and choose single plug-ins from their award-winning TRackS 3 Deluxe mastering/mixing suite.
Plug-ins Vintage Compressor 670, Vintage Tube Program EQ EQP1-A, Opto Compressor, Linear Phase EQ, Brickwall Limiter, Classic EQ, Classic Compressor, Classic Limiter, Classic Clipper, and Metering Suite (Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase, RMS meters, and Spectrum analyzer).
Price $99 each
Auralex ProPanel SonicPrint by Eric Waugh
What Artwork by Eric Waugh custom-printed on acoustic treatment.
Why Renowned artist Eric Waugh has an extraordinary lineup of art that gives any studio or room the spice it needs, and provides acoustical treatment as well.
How SonicPrint custom-printed, artistic ProPanels are fabric-covered acoustic absorptive panels designed as artwork. The acoustical panels are camouflaged under the design of the customer’s choice, and you are no longer limited to single color fabric choices.
Price Varies on size and design.
Solid State Logic X-Desk
What Elegant and ergonomically-refined desktop mixer.
Why SSL needs no introduction as a leader in high-end music production and mixing. Now, the same technology and sound is available in X-Desk.
How X-Desk combines a 16-channel SSL SuperAnalogue summing mixer with a compact analog audio hub for your studio. It features 100mm faders, professionally-featured artist and studio monitoring with Dim & Cut buttons, and of course, SSL’s attention to detail and depth.
Price $2,899 retail
Arsenal Audio by API R20
What Dual-channel, high-quality mic preamplifier.
Why Besides its vintage military appearance and affordability, the R20 offers two amazing-sounding preamps, and lives up to API’s reputation of creating durable, great-sounding gear.
How Coming in at 12 pounds, 10 inches deep and with a 2U chassis, the R20 utilizes the THAT 1512 Mic Preamp IC. With 54dB of gain and a –90dB signal-to-noise ratio, it can compete with any preamp in its class.
Price $1,195 retail