ToolBox December 2009 - EMusician

ToolBox December 2009

Allen & Heath Xone:DX What DJ controller for Serato Itch Why 20-channel USB soundcard features total integration of the new 4-deck Serato Itch software. How The ability to send up to 168 individual MIDI control messages, a 20-channel 96kHz/24-bit USB 2.0 soundcard, two dual layer deck simulators, and RIAA/phono inputs for external decks, as well as the central 4-channel mixer section which directly manipulates the DSP mixing within the computer. Price $1,463 Web www.allen-heath.com
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Allen & Heath Xone:DX

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What DJ controller for Serato Itch
Why 20-channel USB soundcard features total integration of the new 4-deck Serato Itch software.
How The ability to send up to 168 individual MIDI control messages, a 20-channel 96kHz/24-bit USB 2.0 soundcard, two dual layer deck simulators, and RIAA/phono inputs for external decks, as well as the central 4-channel mixer section which directly manipulates the DSP mixing within the computer.
Price $1,463
Web www.allen-heath.com

Softube Tube-Tech CL 1B

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What Compressor plug-in
Why The CL 1B is a studio classic. It can be heard on tons of records made over the last 20 years.
How Like its hardware counterpart, the native plug-in sounds soft, smooth, and groovy. It can compress a large amount of dBs without sounding bad. This unprecedented accuracy includes details such as precise VU meter behavior.
Price $449
Web www.softube.com

Platinumloops Arabian Breaks

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What Sample pack
Why Add an exciting new dimension to your recordings with exotic sounds from ancient cultures.
How Authentic breaks include sounds from Syria, Baghdad, Morocco, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern locations that boast some of the most spellbinding music in the world. Includes 152 loops and 18 one shot samples.
Price $49.95
Web www.platinumloops.com

Moog MIDI MuRF Pattern Editor

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What Pattern editor for the MF-105M MIDI MuRF
Why Allows players to create, modify, and save their own filter sequence patterns.
How Point-and-click user interface makes pattern creation a breeze and the on-screen knobs and sliders let users optimize patterns to real-world settings without taking their hand off the mouse.
Price Free download
Web www.moogmusic.com/moogerfooger

iZotope Alloy

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What Audio plug-in
Why Combines six essential sound-shaping tools into one integrated interface.
How Includes six modules: Equalizer, Exciter, Transient, Dynamics, De-Esser, Exciter, and Limiter. Over 150 “MacroPresets” combine Alloy’s modules into custom configurations for specific mixing situations. Advanced users can build their own layouts and move modules around in the signal chain to customize the plug-in.
Price $249
Web www.izotope.com

M-Audio SBX-10

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What Subwoofer
Why Designed to give monitoring systems solid, accurate lows for critical mixing.
How Comprised of a 10-inch fiberglass/paper composite driver, the strongest internal amplifier in its class at 240 all discrete watts, and a variable 50–200Hz crossover for accurate tuning in any listening environment.
Price $499
Web www.m-audio.com

Blue enCore

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What Live sound mics
Why enCORE 100, 200, and 300 models are designed and priced for any live application from the rehearsal space and coffee shop to the auditorium and stadium.
How Every element of the Aria Capsule is matched and tuned to achieve a detailed and clear sound. To protect the capsule, the series features the thickest steel grills on the market along with an oversized reinforcement ring. Further adding to their ruggedness are heavy, precision-machined cast-zinc bodies, which have been tested to perform uniformly after dropping, throwing, and even being run over by a 7-ton truck.
Price $99–$199
Web www.bluemic.com

Focusrite OctoPre MkII

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What Multi-channel mic preamp
Why Eight channels of Focusrite pre-amplification and a built-in 24-bit/96kHz ADAT output, providing an affordable input upgrade for your Pro Tools system, or any digital audio workstation.
How 10dB pads are provided across each channel, and the gain range of the pre-amps has been tailored to handle extreme levels from sound sources like the kick drum, and being able to handle the dynamic range of vocalists. First two channels also feature DIs, so it can also turn its hand to recording guitar and bass.
Price $499
Web www.focusrite.com