ToolBox November 2009

Akai Pro MINIAK What Synthesizer Why Extremely compact, portable, and a powerful instrument for creating sounds for performance and production. How Create complex and refined sounds using the MINIAK’s two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, stereo effects, and 40-band vocoder with gooseneck microphone. Price $699, $499 street Web www.akaipro.com
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Akai Pro MINIAK

What Synthesizer
Why Extremely compact, portable, and a powerful instrument for creating sounds for performance and production.
How Create complex and refined sounds using the MINIAK’s two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, stereo effects, and 40-band vocoder with gooseneck microphone.
Price $699, $499 street
Web www.akaipro.com

PreSonus FireStudio Mobile

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What Mac/Windows FireWire interface
Why 10-input, 6-output interface in a convenient, lightweight, and compact form designed for portable recording rigs and small studios.
How Two XLR/TS jacks on the front and six line-ins on the back. Powered from the FireWire bus and is built tough to withstand the rigors of travel.
Price $299 street
Web www.presonus.com

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ProducerLoops Dirty Sexy South 2

What Sample library
Why 3.6GB collection of pure to the chronic, hypnotic dirty south vibes with that oh-so soul R&B vibe construction kits.
How Kits are presented in ACID/WAV and Apple Loops formats, and each kit contains a full sample mix, plus all of the elements separated. Also includes single hit samples in Battery 2, Kontakt 2, SampleTank, GigaSampler, HALion, and E-mu formats.
Price $29 instant download
Web www.producerloops.com

Heil Sound PR-48

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What Kick drum mic
Why Provides great low-end to achieve the kick sound you’re looking for.
How A specially-designed low pass filter sets the –3dB hinge points at 30Hz and 8kHz with a +10dB peak from 50Hz to 80Hz. The response rolls off at 8kHz, which helps control unwanted top-end “noise” inside the drum, while keeping frequencies critical to kick drum harmonics found when the beater meets the drum head.
Price $220 street
Web www.heilsound.com

112dB Redline Equalizer

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What Mastering-quality EQ plug-in
Why Allows for flexibility and variety of sounds never before seen or heard in equalization.
How Variable phase EQ with eight fully decramped custom EQ algorithms, dual-mono and mid/side modes, automatic perceived pre/post loudness leveling, dynamic EQ, adjustable harmonic distortion, and adjustable gain/bandwidth dependency.
Price $112
Web www.112db.com

Adam Audio SX-Series Monitors

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What Studio reference monitors
Why Monitors feature the new X-ART tweeter, which provides 4dB higher efficiency, an increased maximum sound pressure level of 3dB, and an expanded frequency response of up to 50kHz.
How The front panel of SX-Series monitors feature sophisticated controls that allow the user to adapt the speakers to the sound room with great precision.
Price varies depending on model
Web www.adam-audio.com

Gator Cases GM-Pop Filter

What Microphone pop filter
Why Has a 6" woven double nylon screen built to eliminate plosives, and prolong the life of your microphone by protecting against the accumulation of corrosion from salt in saliva on the element.
How Includes an 11.5" flexible gooseneck with clamp. The Cclamp is suitable for most standard microphone stand shafts and booms.
Price $29, $18 street
Web www.gatorcases.com

JoeCo Blackbox Recorder

What Multitrack hardware recorder
Why 19-inch, 1U rack-mounted recorder captures multitrack live audio without the need of a laptop or DAW at the performance.
How A 500GB drive will store approximately 20 hours of 24-track material at 24-bit/96kHz and over 40 hours at 48kHz. Outputs are fed back to the console’s insert returns, enabling any console to have a Virtual Sound Check facility.
Price $2,495
Web www.capturingperformance.com