Focusrite Saffire 24
What FireWire audio interface
Why Great-sounding interface, designed with recording musicians and the modern home studio in mind.
How Alongside the two Focusrite preamps are a host of I/O options: two additional analog inputs, six analog outputs, ADAT input, stereo SPDIF I/O, and two virtual “loopback” inputs for routing digital audio between software applications, ideal for capturing online audio.
Electro-Voice PL Series
What Complete family of world-class microphones
Why Features seven vocal models and three instrument models, and offers durability, sonic performance, and contemporary styling. All PL Series models feature a non-reflective textured satin finish, high-quality fine mesh Memraflex grills, shock-mounted capsules, and polar patterns strategically chosen to deliver a superb sound with minimal off-axis complications.
Series Dynamic supercardioid: PL24, PL24S, PL44, PL80a, PL80c, PL33, PL35. Condenser cardioid: PL84, PL84S. Small diaphragm condenser: PL37.
Price $127–$247 retail, $79–$149 street
What Nylon guitar sample library for Kontakt
Why Sweet and warm, dynamic sound with solid bass, perfect for any kind of finger-style music.
How 1,000 24-bit 96kHz dry stereo samples from a nylon guitar, little Brazilian-style guitar, acoustic bass based on a nylon guitar, and different percussion made by using the body of the guitar.
Klark Teknik DN540 Creative Quad Compressor
What Four channels of compression
Why Has “Harmonic Enhancement” presence control to correct loss of detail and intelligibility during compression without increasing noise or likelihood of feedback.
How External sidechain input, extremely low noise and distortion levels, sonic design which has been “tuned by ear” to produce transparent compression, advanced envelope generator with manual controls for creative dynamic effects, easily identifiable bypass, solo and other major switches with status LEDs, and intuitive controls for all functions contributing to output levels.
Lexicon PCM96 Surround
What Reverb/effects processor
Why Delivers 50 new and legendary Lexicon reverbs, delays, modulation effects, presets, configuration options, and additional inputs and outputs, all while being in surround.
How Lexicon’s new Room algorithm provides a more flexible alternative to convolution type reverbs. All reverbs have an “infinite” switch that allows the reverb to run forever, a feature used for creating unusual backgrounds and sound effects. Can be divided into four virtual machines, each of which can run its own algorithm.
Price $3,499 retail, $2,999 street
Toontrack Music The Metal Foundry SDX
What SDX expansion pack for Superior Drummer 2.0
Why All-new recording with Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake, featuring seven massive drum kits.
How 300,000 sound files of raw, single hit drum recordings in the vein of Drumkit From Hell and dfh Superior, covering Hard Rock to Death and Progressive Metal, including Power and Thrash, as well as the early Bluestinged sound of the late ’60s to the fragmentation of today’s music.
Auralex Room Analysis Kit
What User-friendly package to acoustically analyze any room
Why You can finally tune your space so that both your room and mixes sound good.
How Thanks to an omnidirectional measurement microphone, a USB drive featuring swept sine signals, and an instructional guide, you can be well on your way to acoustically tuning your room.
Blastwave FX New Website
What 423 downloadable sound effects packs
Why Each download pack is designed to increase production efficiency while enhancing the creative process.
How Contains Power Packs with production elements to general sound effects, and Scene Builders with collections designed for highimpact movie scenes that include car chases to zombie attacks. All 396 Power Packs and 27 Scene Builders are delivered as 16-bit 44.1kHz .wav files in a .zip file, and are embedded with Blastwave FX’s enriched metadata that is compatible with Pro Tools, Avid, Final Cut Pro, NetMix, and Soundminer.